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Pity West Virginia

I found the most recent of the new state quarters in my change today, with a design approved by a committee from the fine state of West Virginia. I visited Clarksburg with a high school buddy some years back, and I thought the Civil War cemetary quite moving. It's not a bad state, in an impoverished sort of way.

But about the quarter; previous members of the state quarter series have ranged from the inspired (Connecticut's Charter Oak) to the insipid (Indiana's "crossroads") to the merely dull (Michigan and Texas). But pity poor West Virginia. Not only are they still accused today of being an "illegal state", but they have nothing better to show for themselves than the New River Gorge Bridge.

That's right, they best they can do is a bridge. "Lookee here, city slickers, we've built us a bridge just like them Roman fellers." Good grief. That's it? That's all you've got?!

Look, I know you don't have much to work with, but the competition is fierce. Washington State is currently debating between minting an orca, a leaping salmon, or Mount Rainier. Kansas avoided the Wizard of Oz but managed a good-looking bison. Hell, even Mississippi scraped together a really nice design using magnolias. Your lame little pork barrel bridge ain't gonna cut it.

To offer a constructive alternative, let's consider what might have been minted instead. I offer this humble poll to settle the question once and for all.

Poll #673976 The REAL West Virginia Quarter

What should have been on the West Virginia quarter?

Mountain Stage
Mines and Miners
Stonewall Jackson


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Feb. 16th, 2006 02:13 am (UTC)
The sensible answer would have been a miner standing heroically beside a mountain, but my mouse was inexplicably drawn to "Mothman" and clicked on it.

Now I wish Washington's quarter had bigfoot on it.
Feb. 16th, 2006 03:30 am (UTC)
Yeah, Mothman is pretty much irrestible.

Bigfoot would have been nice. But I guess in both cases state government isn't exactly known for its sense of humor.
Feb. 16th, 2006 04:53 am (UTC)
Can't... resist... Mothman. Mothman sees. Mothman knows. Mothman reads the signs in the cracks of the sidewalks.

Beware Mothman! Love Mothman! Elect Mothman to public office so we can have some fun, whimsical coins!

Feb. 16th, 2006 03:37 am (UTC)
Bigfoot was suggested. Over and over again. So were banana slugs and UFOs. (Ours was the state where it all began.) But no....

Feb. 16th, 2006 05:12 am (UTC)
I may have to scratch little saucers onto every coin I get.
Feb. 16th, 2006 04:52 am (UTC)
Actually, the New River Gorge Bridge is fantastic. I've been over it many times and whitewater rafted under it as well. It's high enough over the river that parachuters leap off it on Bridge Day, which happens once a year. It's one of the state's most recognizable landmarks.
Feb. 16th, 2006 06:12 am (UTC)
I believe you, but the quarter lacks any sense of scale, so it looks pretty much like the Ship Canal Bridge in Seattle, or the I-90 Bridge over the Columbia, or any of the Willamette Bridges in Portland, or the New Quincy Bridge over the Mississippi. It looks pretty unremarkable on a 3/4 inch slug.

They need to invest in better design or some new landmarks out there. I kinda wish they'd gone with "The Saudi Arabia of Coal" or something.
Feb. 16th, 2006 06:00 am (UTC)
I was drawn to mothman.

There flapped rhythmically a horde of tame, trained, hybrid winged things.... not altogether crows, nor moles, nor buzzards, nor ants, nor decomposed human beings, but something I cannot and must not recall.

—H. P. Lovecraft, "The Festival"
Feb. 16th, 2006 06:14 am (UTC)
I think mothman would have done more for tourism in WVa than the bridge. Kind of like a flappy, red-eyed Nessie. Without the water. Or the serpent shape.

Completely different, really, except for the tourist angle. :)
Feb. 16th, 2006 04:18 pm (UTC)
Mothman is the only sane choice.
Feb. 18th, 2006 02:08 pm (UTC)
Our Charter Oak rocks! (Though for striking designs and beauty on a coin, the Virginia one with the ships, Rhode Island, Maine, North Carolina and the new Kansas are all well done.)

Wish I'd read the poll more carefully. I went right for moonshine, but I agree that Mothman would be perfect.
Feb. 26th, 2006 08:34 am (UTC)
*informs Wolfgang his handle is Nightfall*

I'm only slightly displeased with this...but it's more of the fact you didn't come to Morgantown and went to freaking Clarksburg. I mean seriously Wolfgang (Can I call you wolf) come up to Morgantown, I'll make DARN sure people know who you are. :) Well that and I know all the good RPG sites in town.

The quarter thing, eh. It's not like I need to have quarters to pay stuff. :)
Feb. 26th, 2006 03:52 pm (UTC)
Well, Morgantown next time for sure. Having a guide always helps.
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