November 30, 2008 finds the Cowboy State coin ranks 9th as the least-liked coin in its reader poll

It has been out for about a year now, but the Wyoming quarter still gets no respect.

Dwight Brockman, owner of The Coin Shop in Cheyenne, knows why.

“It looks like a cookie,” he said. “It doesn’t have any detail.”

An online poll by a “hip” AOL Web site about money and personal finance puts the quarter with the familiar bucking horse and rider insignia in the bottom 10 of state quarters in terms of least-liked designs.

As of Friday, readers of the site,, had the Wyoming quarter ranked No. 9.

The 44th coin in the United States Mint’s 50 State Quarters Program, the Wyoming quarter went into circulation Sept. 4, 2007.

Brockman said there is demand among collectors, regardless of likeability, because the coin is part of the 50-state series. It is needed to complete the set.

The bucking horse and rider as a silhouette works for the license plate, he said, but not for a coin.

Ironically, because it is featureless, the Wyoming quarter stands out.

“It’s boring, but special,” Brockman said.

Indiana’s quarter -- with its Indy race car, map of the state, circle of stars and state motto: “Crossroads of America” -- was rated the best by the readers as of Friday.

The Web site is part of AOL’s effort to move from being an Internet access provider to a series of online information portals. “features short, newsy posts,” AOL says on its corporate site, as well as “in-depth analyses by a team of smart, hip writers.”

Apparently the readers don’t get cowboy chic, though.

Source: Wyoming news

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