John Muir: California State Quarter
The new California State Quarter issued by the United States
Mint, depicts naturalist and conservationist John Muir admiring Yosemite Valley’s
monolithic granite headwall known as Half Dome with a soaring California condor.
For the latest news about the California State Quarter, released on January
31, 2005, please check:
as well as the information below.
On March 29, 2004, California Governor
Arnold Schwarzenegger announced his
selection of the John Muir- Yosemite design to represent the Golden State in
the U.S. Mint's 50 State Quarters ® Program. The design was adapted from
a concept by Garrett
the coins for only a ten-week period in early 2005. They are now found in
normal circulation, and through coin dealers.
The U.S. Mint began minting the state quarters since 1999 and has scheduled
five quarters to be released each year -- running from the Delaware quarter
on Jan. 4, 1999, until the Hawaii quarter on Aug. 21, 2008.
The California state quarter is the 31st in the series to be issued.
Weight = 5.670g
Diameter = 0.955 in (24.26mm)
= 1.75 mm
• Edge = Reeded
= Cupro-Nickel Clad (8.33% Nickel, Balance Cu)
Club celebrates John Muir, Yosemite on California Quarter
Statement by Carl Pope, Executive Director (January 31, 2005
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John Muir California State Quarter Images
All images courtsy of the U.S. Mint
The Governor's Selection and Process
About the California State Quarter Designers
- Garrett Burke - concept designer - artist
who conceived and submitted the winning coin concept
- Alfred Maletsky - recently retired U.S. Mint sculptor-engraver who rendered the design (off-site link)
- Don Everhart - sculptor - newly hired U.S. Mint sculptor-engraver who will model the final version of the coin
California Quarter Collectibles
States Mint Catalog - (off-site link).
The United States Mint offered a variety of products, not only collectible
coins themselves, but various other collectibles featuring the California quarter,
including a collector spoon, a First Day Cover, and many related items. Many
of these may no longer be available from the U.S. Mint, but can be found on
Ebay and coin collector shops.
United States Mint 50 State Quarters Proof Set™ - January 6,
2005 - from the United States Mint (off-site link).
- Fleetwood California Heritage
Eyewitness to History® Coin First Day
- California Official First Day Coin Cover - (U.S. Mint) (to be released
March 3, 2005
State Quarter Bear - RSCoins.com (off-site link)
State Quarter Bear - Yosemite National Park Gift Store (off-site
- Official California State Quarter Commemorative Holder
- Coins of America California
State Quarter Holder
- Yosemite Association, Yosemite Commemorative
- Sequoia Natural History Association, John Muir Stamp and California Quarter
California Quarter Corn Mazes
California Quarter Sand Sculpture
- California Quarter
Sand Sculpture - East Beach, Dunbar, Scotland - July,
- See also newspaper article: US
Muir coin designer in Dunbar - "AN AMERICAN [Garrett Burke] who designed
a 25 cent coin in memory of Dunbar-born conservationist John Muir has said
that East Lothian 'looks a million dollars'".
(offsite link - East
Lothian Courier, July 30, 2009) Note: this article incorrectly states
that Burke helped create the sand sculpture above, but everyone involves affirms
the sand sculpture was solely the creation of Jo Moulin and Duncan Smeed.
Volunteer Webmaster of the John Muir Exhibit, Harold Wood: firstname.lastname@example.org
Updated September 19, 2009
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