I just got a Nevada quarter for the first time, even though, according to http://www.usmint.gov/mint_programs/50sq_program/index.cfm?flash=yes&action=schedule, they've been in circulation since January 31, 2006. Anyway, the quarter has horses on it, because, as the handy US mint site notes, "Nevada has more than 50% of the nation
s wild horses." It's rather nice, as horse coins go, but seriously, does anyone think about wild horses when thinking about Nevada? This is what I love about the state quarters--they always use some design that shows what they wish people would think about their state rather than what really comes to mind. I wish that they would just be honest and show you the state as we know it. Like the Colorado coin. It shows mountains. Okay, that makes sense. But wouldn't it better if it showed a rich person in ski clothes kicking back in front of a fire? What if Massachusetts showed a bunch of drunk Red Sox fans instead of a Minute Man? How about a tiny dot for Delaware instead of a picture of Caesar Rodney rushing to vote on independence at the Second Continental Congress? Instead of Washington crossing the Delaware for the NJ coin, they could have a faceless office building with the logo of a pharmaceutical company on it, maybe with a hand or foot sticking out of the cornerstone, to symbolize a body buried in concrete by by the mob. Iowa could have corn or something like that instead of a schoolhouse. Or if they really wanted to stick to their insistence on being the "education state," they could have a number 2 pencil and a shaded in circle. Florida could have Disney World instead of the space shuttle. Kansas should just forget about the buffalo. Who thinks of Kansas and buffalo? They should have a house being picked up and carried away by a tornado, with Dorothy looking out the window. California has John Muir looking like he's thinking about the environment; they should just have the Hollywood sign instead. Minnesota has lakes and a duck. Why not Paul Bunyan and Babe? Or at least a snowdrift. North Carolina has a great looking engraving of the Wright Brothers flight, but seriously, shouldn't they have tobacco leaves?
Anyway, these are just my suggestions to make the quarters a little more appropriate. As for Nevada, well, you have to go with a slot machine. And maybe a stripper. Maybe a dead stripper in front of the slot machine with the cast of CSI standing next to her. And since it's CSI, make that a brutally dismembered stripper with poker chips stuffed in her mouth. And scorpions somewhere. Yeah, that's Vegas as we see it, baby. And Vegas is Nevada, right? I thought you'd agree.