Wednesday, February 03, 2010

Reveiw: State quarters - Connecticut

I like this design. A lot. I didn't even know what The Charter Oak was when this quarter came out, but apparently it is quite important to the early history of Connecticut, and I think it makes a great design for a coin. It's iconic, and it looks good -- almost like a coat of arms -- especially on a smaller scale. Like, say, quarter-sized.

And this design does one thing right that so many other quarter designs get wrong: It focuses on one main element only. Too many of the subsequent designs try to cram too much stuff onto such a little canvas with no real prominence given to one thing, and the result is most often a jumbled mess with no real meaning to anyone besides the designer (or the committee that forced the designer to include so much crap). Not so with Connecticut. Take one strong image important to your state, make it into an icon, and then put that on your coin without anything else to detract from it. That's what Connecticut did.

And that's what makes it great.

Overall rating - 5 - Best

Massachusetts is next.

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