Monday, February 01, 2010

Review: State quarters - Georgia

Remember when I said that all of the thirteen original states had an automatic cool factor they could use for the state quarter designs, needing only to employ Revolutionary imagery and they would have at least a good design? Well, Georgia didn't get the message.

To be fair, Georgia didn't really play a big role in the American Revolution. It was captured by the British in 1778 and remained in their hands until the end of the war. But, really, Georgia could have done something better than this.

Because there it is, smack-dab in the middle of the coin - a peach. I know. Georgia is famous for its peaches. And don't get me wrong, I love a good, fresh peach (especially from the Fredericksburg, Texas area). But the fruit just doesn't work very well as an icon of a state. I mean, just look at that visual.

Remind you of anything?

Yeah. A big plump ass.

Georgia, you could have done better. An onion would have looked better.

But, anyway, looking beyond the peach, the design uses what will become a popular element among the state quarters, the state outline. And here it's not bad. Georgia's outline is distinctive and recognizable, and it really kind of works here. It almost cancels out that big, fuzzy peach.

And then comes the state motto, "Wisdom, Justice, Moderation."


Really? Wisdom, Justice, Moderation? Wisdom -- OK, it's smart. Not exactly stirring, but wisdom is desirable. Justice -- great. It's what people strive for and crave. Then --

Moderation? As part of your state motto? That may be a perfectly laudable personality trait and something to practice in your day-to-day life, but that concept doesn't exactly whip up the patriotic fervor, does it? Moderation!!? You're proud of that as one of the three words used to represent the spirit of your state? And, Mr. State Quarter Designer, I know you couldn't help the wording of Georgia's motto, BUT YOU SURE AS HELL COULD HAVE LEFT IT OFF YOUR QUARTER DESIGN!!


Anyway, there's not much here to like.

Overall rating - 2 - Mediocre

Connecticut to follow.

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