Washington State Quarters were released on April 2, 2007 as the forty-second coin in the State Quarter series. This was the second release for the 2007 State Quarters. Washington’s original Statehood date was November 11, 1889.
The reverse design of the Washington State Quarter features a leaping king salmon. The inscriptions include the State name, Statehood date, mintage date, “E Pluribus Unum,” and “The Evergreen State.” The coin’s reverse was designed and engraved by Charles Vickers.
The king salmon featured in the reverse design is leaping out of the water in front of Mount Rainer. This active volcano is covered in greater than 35 miles of snow and ice. The salmon is an image of Pacific Northwest culture fitting for the state quarter.
The governor formed the Washington State Quarter Advisory Commission to review design submissions from the state’s residents. From over 1,500 submissions, five were chosen to send to the United States Mint. The final design selection was based on a statewide vote and approved by the United States Treasury Department. Other concepts considered included an apple within the outline of the state, and a salmon.
The Philadelphia mint produced 265,200,000 coins. The Denver mint produced 280,000,000 coins. The San Francisco Mint produced clad proof and 90% silver proof coins for inclusion in government issued proof sets.
Washington State Quarter Mintages
- 2007-P Washington Quarter: 265,200,000
- 2007-D Washington Quarter: 280,000,000
- 2007-S Proof Washington Quarter: 2,374,778
- 2007-S Silver Proof Washington Quarter: 1,313,481
Washington State Quarter Specifications
- Designers: William Cousins after John Flanagan (obverse), Charles Vickers (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