The third commemorative quarter-dollar
coin released in 2006 honors Colorado, and is the 38th coin in the
United States Mint's 50 State Quarters® Program. The Colorado quarter
depicts a sweeping view of the state's rugged Rocky Mountains with
evergreen trees and a banner carrying the inscription "Colorful
Colorado." The coin also bears the inscriptions "Colorado" and "1876."
Colorado's Rocky Mountains are home to some of the Nation's most
majestic natural wonders. Among these, rising approximately 10,000 feet
from the valley floor in Northwest Colorado, Grand Mesa is the largest
flat-top mountain in the world, and is home to more than 200 lakes and
many miles of scenic hiking trails.
Colorado was admitted into the Union on August 1, 1876, becoming our
Nation's 38th state. With statehood gained less than one month after the
100th anniversary of the signing of the Declaration of Independence,
Colorado is nicknamed the "Centennial State."
The Colorado Commemorative Quarter Advisory Commission was formed by an
Executive Order issued by Governor Bill Owens. Colorado First Lady
Frances Owens served as Commission Chair, and design narratives were
accepted from citizens. From more than 1,500 submissions accepted by the
Commission, five concepts were forwarded to the United States Mint.
The sculptor-engravers of the United States Mint and artists in the
United States Mint's Artistic Infusion Program developed the candidate
designs from the narratives provided, and the designs were returned to
Colorado in May 2005. On May 31, 2005, Governor Owens announced
"Colorful Colorado" as his recommendation for the Colorado commemorative
quarter-dollar. The Department of the Treasury approved the design on
July 20, 2005.
The four other design concepts considered during the final selection
process were "Mesa Verde," featuring Mesa Verde National Park with cliff
dwellings; "10th Mountain Division Birthplace," depicting a
soldier/skier of the famed United States Army Division that originated
in Colorado; "The Centennial State," which features a stylized letter
"C" entwined with a mountain columbine flower; and the Rocky Mountains
and "Pikes Peak," featuring the gold rush slogan "Pikes Peak or Bust"
and a prospector's pick and shovel.