Montana State Quarters were released on January 29, 2007 as the forty-first coin in the State Quarter series. This was the first release for the 2007 State Quarters. Montana’s original Statehood date was November 8, 1889.
The reverse of the Montana Quarter features a bison skull. The inscriptions include the State name, Statehood date, mintage date, “E Pluribus Unum,” and “Big Sky Country.” The coin’s reverse was designed and engraved by Don Everhart.
The bison skull is a sacred symbol for many of Montana’s American Indian tribes. In contemporary times, the symbol is still used throughout the state on schools, businesses, and license plates. The background of the quarter displays some of the diverse landscape of Montana.
The governor of Montana created the Montana Quarter Design Selection Commission to recommend designs. Four finalist designs were forwarded to the United States Mint. The “Bison Skull” design was selected by a public vote. The US Treasury Department later gave final approval. Other designs considered for the Montana State Quarter included a bull elk, an outline of the state, and the big sky river.
The Philadelphia mint produced 257,000,000 coins. The Denver mint produced 256,240,000 coins. The Montana Quarter had the lowest mintage for all State Quarters released during 2007. The San Francisco Mint produced clad proof and 90% silver proof coins for inclusion in government issued proof sets.
Montana Quarter Mintages
- 2007-P Montana Quarter: 257,000,000
- 2007-D Montana Quarter: 265,240,000
- 2007-S Proof Montana Quarter: 2,374,778
- 2007-S Silver Proof Montana Quarter: 1,313,481
Montana 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