2007 State Quarters
In 2007, the United States Mint's 50 State Quarters program approached its final stretch, releasing five new state-themed coin designs that celebrated the unique history and culture of each state. These quarters were issued in the order the states joined the Union. The first quarter of 2007 honored Montana, featuring a bison skull and the rugged landscape of the state, symbolizing Montana's untamed beauty and its rich Native American heritage. The second quarter paid tribute to Washington, showcasing a leaping salmon, Mount Rainier, and an apple, representing the state's diverse natural resources, majestic scenery, and thriving agricultural industry. The third quarter celebrated Idaho, depicting the state bird, the mountain bluebird, and the state flower, the Syringa, along with an outline of the state, highlighting Idaho's abundant wildlife and picturesque landscapes. The fourth quarter, commemorating Wyoming, featured the iconic bucking horse and rider, symbolizing the state's Wild West history and its enduring cowboy culture. Finally, the fifth quarter issued in 2007 honored Utah, showcasing the historic completion of the Transcontinental Railroad at Promontory Summit, with the famous golden spike, celebrating the state's crucial role in connecting the nation and transforming American transportation. As with earlier releases, these state quarters were minted in limited quantities, captivating collectors and the general public while fostering a deeper appreciation for the nation's diverse history and culture.