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Coin Of the Month

Uncovering America's Heritage... Coin by Coin

2007 Montana Quarter

Now, isn't this interesting!  Last time I chose a Coin of the Month (in June), I was out climbing a "fourteener" in Colorado, now here I am talking about Montana, the state whose name means "mountain"!

Well, Montana's got plenty of mountains, that's for sure, but plenty of plains too.  The Rockies run down the west side of the state and the Great Plains are in the east, just like the landforms you see below the bison skull on Montana's quarter.  And Montana's got rivers, wildlife...and loads of parks as well.  So parks are a big part of "Big Sky Country."

Some of the parks were created in places that Lewis and Clark and their crew visited and wrote about in their journals.  For instance, they saw a giant fountain, a 400-foot-high rock, the place where the three forks of the Missouri meet, and a rock that looked like the head of a swimming beaver.  All of these natural wonders are found today in Montana state parks.

With 50 state parks plus Glacier National Park and part of Yellowstone National Park, there's always lots to see and do under Montana's "Big Sky"!  You can read more about the bison skull and the state itself on Montana's quarter page.

—Goldie

Goldie, the Mint Fish

Teacher Feature

Image shows Montana's quarter.
Reverse:  A bison skull is shown over a landscape from "Big Sky Country." 1889 is the date Montana joined the Union.  Read more about the bison skull on Montana's quarter page.

Image of quarter obverses.
Obverse:  All the new quarters show the traditional portrait of George Washington, with some minor changes.  The bust is smaller and the legends have been moved.  Place your mouse over the image to see the former design.



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