Is there a cow in your wallet? And if you’re a man, you probably should check your pockets for more cows. If you own any American quarters, you may have a number of cow skulls in your wallet and/or pockets. That’s because I just found out the Montana quarter displays a nice big cow skull on its reserve side:
At the time all the new American state quarters were designed over 10 years ago, each state’s residents got to pick what would best represent their own state. I remember living in California and going on a specific website to make my pick (which didn’t get picked, by the way).
So my question is, why would anyone want their state to be represented by a dead cow’s skull ? If this was Arizona with its dreadful deserts, I’d understand. But big sky country Montana? I know they raise a lot of cattle there, so are they trying to tell us something about the welfare of those herds?
You know me, I just couldn’t let it go so I went on a mission to figure out the rationale behind this design. The U.S. Mint website tells me it’s actually a bison skull that represents the state’s strong American Indian heritage (the Indians heavily relied on the bisons for centuries). So why not display a real bison, as in a live one? One only knows but if I were a Montana resident, I’d be asking myself the same question.
At least, I’m not the only one who seems disturbed about this choice. I found this other explanation on the Montana quarter online and the author doesn’t agree with the choice of a dead animal’s skull either, especially looking at it from out of state.
What do you think about this? Do you like how your state quarter represent where you live?