The third commemorative quarter-dollar coin released in 2007 honors
Idaho, and is the 43rd coin in the United States Mint's 50 State
Quarters® Program. Idaho, nicknamed the "Gem State," was admitted into
the Union on July 3, 1890, becoming our Nation's 43rd state. The reverse
of Idaho's quarter features the Peregrine Falcon imposing its presence
above an outline of the State of Idaho. The coin bears the inscriptions
"Esto Perpetua" (the State motto which means, "May it be Forever"),
"Idaho" and "1890."
The Peregrine Falcon is one of the fastest birds in the world. Once on
the endangered species list, it can now be found throughout Idaho and
the United States because of conservation efforts.
Five narratives were forwarded to the United States Mint, and they were
rendered by United States Mint sculptor-engravers and artists in the
United States Mint's Artistic Infusion Program. The corresponding design
images were presented to Idaho, and then-Governor Dirk Kempthorne made
the recommendation. Governor Kempthorne stated that the recommended
design, the Peregrine Falcon, reflected Idahoans' traditional values and
esteem for nature. This design was derived from one of many narratives
submitted by Idaho residents to the Idaho Commission on the Arts.
The Department of the Treasury approved the design on June 26, 2006. Two
other designs were considered, including "Farmland Tapestry," showing
the farmland of Idaho with its majestic timber-covered mountains rising
above, and "State Song," featuring the outline of the State and lyrics.
On July 24, 2006, Governor Jim Risch and State Treasurer Ron Crane
revealed to the public Idaho's quarter design.