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Montana 50 State Quarter

50 State Quarter of Montana

Montana State Quarter

Designed by Don Everhart

Released January 29, 2007

Montana is a untamed, wild and natural. western state defined by its diverse terrain ranging from the Rocky Mountains to the Great Plains. It’s nicknamed “Big Sky Country” for its wide-open spaces, including Glacier National Park, a vast wilderness preserve that passes into Canada.  Montana achieved statehood on November 8, 1889, becoming our Nation's 41st state

Mintage: 513,240,000

The first commemorative quarter-dollar coin released in 2007 honors Montana, and is the 41st coin in the United States Mint's 50 State Quarters® Program. The 50 State Quarter of Montana was released on January 29, 2007, featuring a bison skull above a Montana landscape. The bison skull has a special place in Montana culture. The Native Americans and early European settlers depended on the bison for their very survival, as the animals provided food, clothing, medicine, tools and more. The bison skull reflects the rich native tradition of Montana, and is sacred to many of Montana's Native American tribes. Inscription: Big Sky Country.

Montana 50 State Quarter

The first commemorative quarter-dollar coin released in 2007 honors Montana, and is the 41st coin in the United States Mint's 50 State Quarters® Program. Montana, nicknamed "Big Sky Country," was admitted into the Union on November 8, 1889, becoming our Nation's 41st state. The reverse of Montana's quarter features a bison skull depicted above the diverse Montana landscape with the inscription "Big Sky Country." The coin also bears the inscriptions "Montana" and "1889."

The bison skull is a powerful symbol, sacred to many of Montana's American Indian tribes. This symbol can be seen across the State on schools, businesses and license plates, and reflects the rich native tradition of Montana, which was once home to large tribes such as the Crow and the Northern Cheyenne. After a visit from Lewis and Clark, Montana became a destination first for fur trappers and later for gold prospectors following the discovery of gold in the 1860s. Cattle ranchers also made their way west to Montana. This rapid growth in population led to boomtowns. The nickname "Big Sky Country" reminds residents of Montana's open lands and pioneering way. 

The recommended design was chosen based on feedback from the Montana Quarter Design Selection Commission, which was created by Governor Brian Schweitzer, and a subsequent public vote. United States Mint sculptor-engravers and artists participating in the United States Mint's Artistic Infusion Program rendered the "Bison Skull" design and three others submitted to Governor Schweitzer. The designs were based on narratives submitted by Montana residents.

The Department of the Treasury approved the design on June 22, 2006. The other three designs considered were "Bull Elk," featuring a bull elk posed majestically on a rugged rock formation; "State Outline," showing mountains tapering to the eastern Montana plains; and "Big Sky with River," prominently featuring Montana's big sky with a river emerging from a mountain range.

Source: United States Mint's 50 State Quarters Program

50 State Quarters
State Quarters
The 50 State Quarters program (Pub.L. 105-124, 111 Stat. 2534, enacted December 1, 1997) was the release of a series of circulating commemorative coins by the United States Mint. From 1999 through 2008, it featured each of the 50 U.S. states on unique designs for the reverse of the quarter.
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