Dear Mr. Lebryk:
In the last meeting on 19 January, the Commission of Fine Arts reviewed reverse designs for the 2007 Fifty States Quarters. The recommendations were as follows:
Montana: Design MT-4 was the preferred design, with the request that the horizon be lowered to emphasize the large expanse of sky and that the motto, "Big Sky Country," be eliminated or that the artist work with the lettering style to subordinate the text to the concept of sky and clouds. Alternatively, the motto could be placed at the right within the landscape.
Washington: Design WA-3, the depiction of the orca in a style of native American art, was the recommended choice, with the request that the lines be bolder or varied in strength.
Idaho: Design ID-2, with the depiction of a Saw Tooth Mountains landscape with a river forming the outline of the state, was recommended.
Wyoming: Design WY-1, the bucking horse and rider in silhouette form was recommended, with the comment that the state motto, "The Equality State," does not seem to have any relationship with the cowboy image and could be eliminated.
Utah: Design UT-2 featuring the state's beehive symbol was recommended with the elimination of the flower and the wooden platform to simplify and enhance the design. The addition of a bee, the state insect, might make the design more intelligible.
Thomas Luebke, AIA
The Honorable David A. Lebryk, Acting Director
United States Mint
801 9th Street, NW
Washington, DC 20220