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John Muir: California State Quarter


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2005 California State Quarter

The 2005 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.

Final Proof of John Muir Yosemite California State Quarter

Comprehensive information about the California State Quarter, released on January 31, 2005:

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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 Burke.

The U.S. Mint released 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.

Coin Specifications:
     •      Standard Weight = 5.670g
     •      Standard Diameter = 0.955 in (24.26mm)
     •      Thickness = 1.75 mm
     •      Edge = Reeded
     •      Composition = Cupro-Nickel Clad (8.33% Nickel, Balance Cu)

Sierra 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


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  • California Quarter Sand Sculpture - East Beach, Dunbar, Scotland - July, 2009
  • 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:

Updated September 19, 2009

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