Idaho State Quarters were released on June 4, 2007 as the forty-third coin in the State Quarter series. This also marked the third release for the year 2007. Idaho’s original Statehood date was July 3, 1890.
The reverse design of the Idaho Quarter features the Peregrine Falcon. The inscriptions include the State name, Statehood date, mintage date, “E Pluribus Unum,” and “Esto Perpetua.” The coin’s reverse was designed by Don Everhart and engraved by Donna Weaver.
The Peregrine Falcon was once on the endangered species list. As a result of conservation efforts, the bird can now be found throughout Idaho and other areas of the United States. It is one of the fastest birds in the world. The motto “Esto Perpetua” is the State’s motto which means “May it be Forever.”
The Idaho Commission for the Arts accepted design concepts from the State’s citizens. Four final concepts were forwarded to the United States Mint. The governor later made the final recommendation, which was subsequently approved by the Secretary of the Treasury. Other designs considered for the Idaho State Quarter included a depiction of the farmlands of Idaho and the state song with lyrics.
The Philadelphia mint produced 294,600,000 coins. The Denver mint produced 286,800,000 coins. The Idaho Quarter had the highest overall mintage of all State Quarters produced in 2007. The San Francisco Mint produced clad proof and 90% silver proof coins for inclusion in government issued proof sets.
Idaho Quarter Mintages
- 2007-P Idaho Quarter: 294,600,000
- 2007-D Idaho Quarter: 286,800,000
- 2007-S Proof Idaho Quarter: 2,374,778
- 2007-S Silver Proof Idaho Quarter: 1,313,481
Idaho Quarter Specifications
- Designers: William Cousins after John Flanagan (obverse), Don Everhart (reverse)
- Composition: 91.67% copper, 8.33% nickel (clad), 90% silver, 10% copper (silver proof)
- Diameter: 24.26 mm
- Weight: 5.67 grams
- Thickness: 1.75 mm
- Edge: Reeded