Sunday, January 31, 2010

Review: State quarters - New Jersey

Today's quarter represents New Jersey.

Very good design. As I said earlier in the Pennsylvania review, any of the original thirteen states can evoke imagery from the American Revolution and they can't go wrong. And New Jersey does it in style with a numismatic version of Emanuel Gottlieb Leutze's famous painting, George Washington Crossing the Delaware. This painting depicts General Washington preparing to take on the British in the Battle of Trenton, which ended up being his first victory in the Revolution. And, as we all know (at least I do), Trenton is in New Jersey. Underlining this image is the slogan "Crossroads of the Revolution," which is very close to Trenton's nickname "Turning Point of the Revolution." A good slogan to have, either way.

I like this design, even though the image of Leutze's painting is pretty small and can be a bit hard to see on the back of the coin. But it's very patriotic, and it fits with the history of New Jersey.

Overall rating - 4 - Better

Next up: Georgia

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