State Quarters Quiz
July 2, 2007 11:04 AM   Subscribe

How well do you know your dough? A nickel tour of the US via a 25-cent quiz.
posted by Oriole Adams (26 comments total)
What is the blob on the New Hampshire coin?
posted by miss lynnster at 11:12 AM on July 2, 2007

That's the old man of the mountain. Of course, it doesn't look like that since his face fell off.
posted by dersins at 11:18 AM on July 2, 2007

It's this, miss l. On preview, Holy Spoiler, dersins! ;)
posted by Songdog at 11:19 AM on July 2, 2007

It's supposed to be an engraving of the one President from New Hampshire, Franklin Pierce; but the artist was really really bad.
posted by mrnutty at 11:20 AM on July 2, 2007

I think the Connecticut coin is bar none the most beautiful one yet. I like the Single Theme Quarter, not so much with the California-type "check out all the crap that we have in our state" thing.
posted by mckenney at 11:30 AM on July 2, 2007

I'm with Mckenney. The "single theme" works better visually in such a small space. Connecticut's works best of those, but then, they've got a really profoundly elemental image.

Mississippi's is nice, too. Even New Hampshire has a kind of ugly grace to it.

78%, by the way.
posted by lodurr at 11:44 AM on July 2, 2007

posted by parmanparman at 11:56 AM on July 2, 2007

Yeah, California really can't help but jam all of our treasures onto a single quarter. You would do the same, if you had old men and condors.
posted by team lowkey at 12:00 PM on July 2, 2007

posted by taosbat at 12:07 PM on July 2, 2007

85%. Dang. Thought I had them all.
posted by caution live frogs at 12:31 PM on July 2, 2007

The Delaware one is a quarter horse. yuk,yuk

posted by MtDewd at 12:37 PM on July 2, 2007

20/20, but my kid collects the things.
posted by Bitstop at 12:37 PM on July 2, 2007

45% not too bad considering you have to know local things/people for many, and the others could just as easily be other state's (how come so many buffalo?).
posted by amberglow at 1:15 PM on July 2, 2007

I'm happy i knew the old man whose face fell off the mountain : >
posted by amberglow at 1:16 PM on July 2, 2007

Oh, give me a home where the buffalo roam,
Where the deer and the antelope play,
Where seldom is heard a discouraging word
And the sky is not clouded all day.
posted by taosbat at 1:33 PM on July 2, 2007

Connecticut is OK, but it looks like a piece of coral. My favorite is Vermont.
posted by Liosliath at 1:45 PM on July 2, 2007

I like Alaska: Can't beat a grizzly chomping down on a salmon.
Wisconsin: A cow, a cheese wheel and an ear of corn could only represent one state. Only thing missing is a can of Old Milwaukee.

Least faves:
South Dakota. A bird flying over an outdoor sculpture?
Nebraska. Right-facing covered wagon seems to say "Busted! We're headed back to Boston."
Missouri: The Gateway Arch does not span the Mississippi. "Show Me" indeed!
posted by Bitstop at 2:23 PM on July 2, 2007


Stupid damn Virginia.
posted by contessa at 2:45 PM on July 2, 2007

I got 15, and yet, I got all the southern ones right.
posted by Cyclopsis Raptor at 3:12 PM on July 2, 2007

posted by rougy at 3:13 PM on July 2, 2007


I always liked Lore's interpretation of my state's quarter: the blood vessels in a kidney. That being said, I'm so glad we got a decent design that people can't mock too much. And we didn't even get the quarter curse (like New Hampshire) since the damn oak's been gone for decades already.
posted by cobaltnine at 3:34 PM on July 2, 2007

Wags in Washington State suggested putting an image of George Washington on the reverse side of the coin...

Personally, I would have liked to have seen a Sasquatch.
posted by Tube at 4:21 PM on July 2, 2007

100%, but then I have the collection except for a few from the Philadelphia mint.
posted by Cranberry at 4:24 PM on July 2, 2007

Too bad the mint has no sense of humor. A picture of Washington on the back of the Washington quarter would have been great. Also a picture of a transistor on Oregon's - maybe on that island in Crater Lake.The ruts from the wagon trains may still be visible on the Oregon trail, but the past is past.
posted by Cranberry at 4:28 PM on July 2, 2007

Wow I suck. I think I answered less than would be statistically likely from randomly guessing.

..but, uh, it’s ‘cause I carry hundreds! Yeah, I burn ‘em like some metaphorically wasteful thing that we burn that’s nearly useless that we carry around for no good....ok, I’m lying.

I do like the tree one tho. huh huh pretty.
posted by Smedleyman at 5:17 PM on July 2, 2007

50%. I haven't even seen all of those in California yet.
posted by Citizen Premier at 5:28 PM on July 2, 2007

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