I got my first Montana state quarter in a handful of change a couple of weeks ago, and it exceeded all my expectations. I’ve been eagerly awaiting it to see if it would continue the Buffalo Proliferation initiated by North Dakota (TWO buffalo, 2006) in response to Kansas (ONE buffalo, 2005). Will there be a state with THREE buffalo? We’re running out of states, although most of the remaining ones are in the West, where buffalo are a possibility. Montana seemed like a good bet, along with Wyoming, although Wyoming might also go for that dead Indian on a horse that’s on every motel sign in the state.
Even if Wyoming doesn’t go for three buffalo, there’s still hope. Once I saw the Ohio quarter (2002) —which has the Wright Brothers’ plane that was already on the North Carolina quarter (2001), North Carolina being the state where the Kitty Hawk actually flew, plus a spaceman, possibly to indicate that Ohio has all the artistic and cultural opportunities of the Moon, or maybe that they’ve changed their state nickname: “Ohio, the MTV state!” —once I saw the Ohio quarter, I realized that anything goes. C’mon, Hawaii—three buffalo, wearing leis!
Anyway, I got my Montana quarter, and although it does not have three buffalo on it, it has something even more fantastic: a cow skull! Here’s a state with a big chunk of Yellowstone National Park in it—they could have had a geyser, or a grizzly bear, or something—and they represent themselves with a cow skull! Here’s the new state motto: “Montana! Abandon hope, all ye who enter here!” The best thing is that you can put the Wisconsin quarter (2004) next to the Montana quarter, and it’s like a little before-and-after demonstration. Here’s Bossy, all fat and happy and emitting buckets of delicious milk in Wisconsin, and then she moves to Montana: Uh-oh!
Thanks for reading my blog post this time, and may God bless.