Tuesday, April 20, 2010

Review: State quarters - Texas

[Full disclosure: I am a Texan. This review may be biased.]

Here is another example of a state quarter design done right.

To begin with, Texas uses the state outline like other states do, which was a great idea. Why? Because out of all the state shapes Texas's is the most iconic all by itself. It is instantly recognizable the world over, and everyone who sees it thinks of Texas and remembers Texas and starts to wax about things Texan. In fact, I would have been surprised if the state outline hadn't ended up on the Texas quarter.

And then, the designers kick it up a notch with one more element. Just one more. And they couldn't have picked a more powerful symbol to represent the state than the Lone Star.

Nothing is more Texan than that big, fat shape, a five-p0inted form that is used liberally by Texans and non-Texans alike to stand for things associated with the state. It is a source of pride and independence. It is also a sign of community and solidarity.

It is used by sports teams, like the Houston Astros:

The Dallas Cowboys:

The Dallas Stars:

And even a WNBA team in San Antonio:

It is also "The National Beer of Texas."

It is the largest Ferris wheel in North America.

It is the flag.

And it is even comedy.

It is its own mythos. And it is Texas.

Overall rating - 5 - Best

Next: Iowa

1 comment:

AlanDP said...

Texas seems to have quite an advantage over the other states when it comes to iconic symbols. But then, I'm probably biased, too.