The State Quarter Program continued in 2005 with the next five designs in the series. Coins were issued to honor California, Minnesota, Oregon, Kansas, and West Virginia. This year three of the quarter featured settings from National Parks. This included California with the Yosemite National Park, Oregon with Crater Lake National Park, and West Virginia with New River Gorge National Park.
You can view detailed information about each State Quarter including large size images, mintages, and design descriptions by following the links.
California State Quarter
The California Quarter was the thirty first coin in the State Quarter series. It was released on January 31, 2005 and features John Muir. He was a conservationist and naturalist who devoted his life to the preservation of Yosemite National Park.
Minnesota State Quarter
The Minnesota Quarter was the thirty second coin in the State Quarter series. It was released on April 4, 2005 and features two people fishing on a lake against an outline of the state. Minnesota is known as the “Land of 10,000 Lakes.”
Oregon State Quarter
The Oregon Quarter was the thirty third coin in the State Quarter series. It was released on June 6, 2005 and features a portion of Crater Lake. This is the deepest lake in the United States and features incredible clarity due to the lack of incoming streams or rivers.
Kansas State Quarter
The Kansas Quarter was the thirty fourth coin in the State Quarter series. It was released on August 29, 2005 and features a buffalo and sunflower. The buffalo or American Bison and the sunflower were both found in abundance in the state.
West Virginia State Quarter
The West Virginia Quarter was the thirty fifth coin in the State Quarter series. It was released on October 14, 2005 and features the New River and New River Gorge Bridge. The river is a part of the New River Gorge National Park.