>Date: Fri, 29 Jun 2001 02:00:38 -0400
>Local: Fri, Jun 29 2001 2:00 am
>Subject: Re: State Quarter Q?
>>Yeah. What if a State, say like Wyoming, unable to settle on a design, opted
>>for the classic Eagle-Back?
>Haven't you ever seen a Wyoming license plate? There is only one thing that
>can be put on their quarter, and that is a cowboy on a bronco. Check this out:
>If the Wyoming quarter does not have this design on it, I will be highly surprised.
in the United States Mint's 50 State Quarters? Program. Wyoming, nicknamed the "Equality State," was
admitted into the Union on July 10, 1890, becoming our Nation's 44th state. The reverse of Wyoming's
quarter features a bucking horse and rider with the inscriptions "The Equality State," "Wyoming" and
The bucking horse and rider symbolize Wyoming's Wild West heritage. "Buffalo Bill" Cody personified
this in his traveling Wild West show. First settled by fur trappers, Fort Laramie, Wyoming, later
became a popular destination for pioneers traveling the Oregon Trail.
Wyoming was nicknamed the "Equality State" because of its historical role in establishing equal
voting rights for women. Wyoming was the first territory to grant "female suffrage" and became the
first state in the Nation to allow women to vote, serve on juries and hold public office. In 1924,
Nellie Tayloe Ross became the first woman elected Governor of Wyoming. In 1933, Ross became the
first woman appointed as the Director of the United States Mint.
In 2004, Governor Dave Freudenthal formed the Wyoming Coinage Advisory Committee, which includes 13
Wyoming historians and other experts. The State invited citizens to submit narratives, and
approximately 3,200 were accepted over a three-month period. Governor Freudenthal then recommended
five concepts that were developed into design candidates by the United States Mint
sculptor-engravers and artists in the United States Mint's Artistic Infusion Program. On May 12,
2006, Governor Freudenthal announced his recommendation of the bucking horse and rider design.
The Department of the Treasury approved the design on June 22, 2006. Four other designs were
considered, including "Bucking Horse and Rider with State Outline;" "Bucking Horse and Rider with
Teton Range;" "Bucking Horse and Rider in typical Wyoming scene," depicting a horse and rider on a
ranch; and "Yellowstone National Park Old Faithful Geyser," featuring the famous geyser located in
Yellowstone National Park.