2006 State Quarters
In 2006, the United States Mint's 50 State Quarters program entered its eighth year, introducing five new state-themed coin designs that celebrated the unique history and culture of each state. These quarters were released in the order the states joined the Union. The first quarter of 2006 honored Nevada, featuring wild mustangs, snow-capped mountains, and the state's nickname, "The Silver State," highlighting Nevada's rich natural resources and its rugged, untamed beauty. The second quarter paid tribute to Nebraska, showcasing a covered wagon and Chimney Rock, representing the state's pivotal role in America's westward expansion during the 19th century. The third quarter celebrated Colorado, depicting the iconic Rocky Mountains with a banner displaying the state's nickname, "Colorful Colorado," symbolizing the state's breathtaking landscapes and vibrant outdoor culture. The fourth quarter, commemorating North Dakota, featured two grazing bison and a striking sunset over the Badlands, honoring the state's abundant wildlife and its vast, unspoiled prairies. Finally, the fifth quarter issued in 2006 honored South Dakota, showcasing Mount Rushmore, a ring-necked pheasant, and wheat stalks, representing the state's unique blend of natural beauty, rich agricultural history, and iconic landmarks. As with previous releases, these state quarters were minted in limited quantities, capturing the interest of collectors and the general public while promoting a deeper understanding and appreciation of America's diverse heritage.