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I Think That I Shall Never See ...
April 07, 2011

The other day I received a 1999-D Connecticut state quarter in my change.

With its stark Charter Oak design, a leafless tree, I did not like it when it was released a dozen years ago.

However, looking over this coin, which actually shows a little bit of wear, I am starting to warm up to it a little.

The high points on the reverse are on the trunk of the tree. The wear that appears there has actually made the tree seem more treelike.

Overall, the coin seems to have more character to it.

I expect I will never be able to write that I like the Connecticut design, but over time, I think we will all have to reexamine all 50 designs to see which ones stand the test of time as art and which ones look better as they wear.

One thing I can say about the Connecticut quarter design is that it sure beat’s Wisconsin’s wheel of cheese, cow and cornstalk. My disappointment in that design will not fade no matter how the coin itself will show its wear.

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About the Author
David C. Harper has been a coin collector since 1963. He joined the Krause Publications editorial staff in 1978 and is currently editor of Numismatic News and World Coin News. He also edits two books annually, North American Coins & Prices and Coin Digest. He is the author of the Class of '63 column that runs each week in Numismatic News. His first bylined numismatic article appeared in the June 1971 issue of Coins Magazine and his various Krause Publications assignments included a stint as editor of the magazine 1980-1983. Harper received a bachelor of science degree from the University of Wisconsin-Oshkosh in 1977. He had a double major of journalism and economics.

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