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What do you think of the Kansas quarter?

Asked at Massachusetts Street on September 15, 2005

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“I think ours is very simple and neat. I like that they are coming out with all these new coins. We needed something new and different.”

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“I think the sunflower should have been bigger. I think that would have looked a little better.”

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“It’s a little boring and definitely sparse. I don’t think the buffalo is the best image to represent Kansas.”

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“I like what’s on it, but it’s actually very plain. A lot more plain than I thought it would be.”

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Linda Aikins 12 years, 6 months ago

Good morning e_m!

They are OK. I agree with Don - they are kind of plain. I got a roll of them, a mint set, and a Stan Herd poster from a friend who went to the State fair. He said there were very long lines there to get one.

And the governor looked very spiffy in that red shirt!

Have a great day - I'm off to my routine.

KsjKC 12 years, 6 months ago

Round and Shiny is good... Guess we could have maybe gotten Quantrill burning the crap out of Lawrence too...

But the truth in advertising aspect of things would have meant a buffalo burger instead of a buffalo...

Topside 12 years, 6 months ago

Nevada's quarter should have funny edges and look exactly like a Poker chip. Or just a big picture of a one-armed-bandit on the back.

KsjKC 12 years, 6 months ago


For what it's worth, I would embrace the elegant simplicity of you starting off the comments each morning...;)

Kansas Quarter huh? Speaking of Quarter, that reminds me of the New Orleans French Quarter and some comments I had reserved regarding the local, state and federal government's handling of the Gulf Coast crisis...

[Sorry; that was my nod to the editor in charge of the slow-pitch question for today]

Something like 8 grand worth of the vending-machine fodder went oops when a semi overturned down's that for an editorial statement?

Having said that--Yeah; they're okay...I can go with a bigger sunflower, but they still spend pretty well...

blessed3x 12 years, 6 months ago

I agree with neopolss! Allowing each state to create it's own design fosters a "my-states-quarter-is-better-than-yours" mentallity. This can only lead to a feeling of inferiority in states with poorly designed quarters. My heart goes out to those poor people who are crushed under the weight of bad quarter design. All designs should be the same just as all scoring should be removed from sporting events. It's all about self-esteem, people!

...besides, isn't it against the law to confine that poor, mis-used bison to such a small area? Shouldn't he be free to roam the countryside in search of fellow bisons? Where's PETA when you need them?

KsjKC 12 years, 6 months ago

Blessed... LOL--- Your post is what happens when satire and real life become blurred--Brilliant, I say----Brilliant..;)

Ever want to sneak a PETA member a portabello mushroom burger and then tell them it was snail darter or something after the fact? :)

enochville 12 years, 6 months ago

I haven't seen them, yet, and the picture accompanying the article doesn't allow the viewer a good look at it. I can see the buffalo, but no sunflower. And I don't care enough to hunt down a better picture on the web. I used to collect coins as a kid, but now I am indifferent towards the collector coins (except for very valuable ones).

hawkrew 12 years, 6 months ago

True, the students didn't get much to chose from. And my comment was incorrect in saying they designed it, they merely chose it from a widdled down list of buffalo, sunflowers, wheat and indians. I can't say that I blame them now that I think about it....

avhjmlk 12 years, 6 months ago

Besides, in small town Kansas, everyone is always around the corner from everything.

enochville 12 years, 6 months ago

I just clicked on the accompanying photo to enlarge it, and I have to say the sunflower is very small.

avhjmlk 12 years, 6 months ago

Hey, what about the (reaffirmed) World's Largest Ball of Twine in Cawker City?!?! I proudly wound twine this year, as I am related (by marriage), if not to the ball itself, at least to some of the people who maintain it.

Now THAT would have been great for the quarter...

beatrice 12 years, 6 months ago

avhmjlk: It is a ball -- how can one live around the "corner?"

KsjKC 12 years, 6 months ago

Not yet a revolt, but some very definite misgivings regarding the sunflower and its lack of stature....

I smell partisan debate--Anyone else??;)

hawkrew 12 years, 6 months ago

It seems pretty boring to me, I liked the design they had with the native american on it better personally.

Well, at least there is more than just wheat on it right?

HighScore 12 years, 6 months ago

It looks like the buffalo took a dump and a sunflower sprouted.

Very pain and boring. Personally, I was hoping for a large field or cluster of sunflowers. I mean we are the sunflower state, right?

When I think of buffalos, I think of South Dakota. It is probably because of the license plates they have with a field of buffalos. It just seems that SD has already adopted that imagery.

sunflower_sue 12 years, 6 months ago

OMB, "full frontal buffalo" kill me!

OK, not to argue that art isn't subjective...but, as a KU design grad, I can honestly say: "This design really blows!" (Like a hot KS wind in August) Can you smell the buffalo?

sunflower_sue 12 years, 6 months ago

e_m, yes, by all means, change your name today...I hear it's worked for people in the past. ;)

OK, people, e_m is officially known as Odd_Money today! (unless you would rather be called fiddy cent)

And I agree with you, Gary Larson could have done a much better job!!!

raven 12 years, 6 months ago

KsjKC: I just read your response. I didn't realize anyone else found the Chaucer assignment interesting except those of us from Eudora. I probably knew your friends.

As for today's question. I don't like the design either.

avhjmlk 12 years, 6 months ago


Also, someone must not have gotten the memo about the appropriate way to refer to me on these comment boards. Sheesh. Novices.

enochville 12 years, 6 months ago

avsliuhwlui: You were going to tell us the origin of your name the other day, but had to go. Please share.

hawkrew 12 years, 6 months ago

That's what you get for letting high school students pick the design huh?

avhjmlk 12 years, 6 months ago

Seriously. Someone just HAD to pull out their smarta** this morning... :)

Liberty 12 years, 6 months ago

How about a buffalo posing as a statue of liberty? It could be holding a sunflower in the torch hand... Oh, I guess the buffalo is nice the way it is.

avhjmlk 12 years, 6 months ago

TOB, you are, naturally, forgiven.

But, you are also required to go visit the ball and make amends to it personally. Just head west on US24 and you'll pass right by it (remember, don't blink). Say hi to my grandmother-in-law, who lives around the corner, while you're at it.

trinity 12 years, 6 months ago

i'd prefer more sunflower and less buffalo. but that's just me.

Aileen Dingus 12 years, 6 months ago

It's better than Nevada's. They let the entire state vote, so they ended up with the wild horses. Nothing particularly says "Nevada" to me.

Interestingly enough, Nevada is now attempting to get rid of its wild horses. rolls eyes

I like Wisconsin's. A cow, some cheese and an ear of corn. It's like a happy meal on a quarter!

KsjKC 12 years, 6 months ago

Trinity-- Your statement is really a microcosm of the problems in the world today...More sunflower and less buffalo...More flowers and less bull...

Pardon me--Early mornings are my introspective time--I'll be my normal A**hole self later on...

beatrice 12 years, 6 months ago

It is not a great design. Why the frontal sunflower, but the foreshortened buffalo? And why a buffalo? When was the last time any of us had to stop in traffic to allow the herd to pass? I'm with sun-sue -- more sunflower.

Or, why not leave it blank -- just nice and flat, like the state itself! (Satirical comment meant for humorous intent only. Please do not take seriously.)

Speaking of you sun_sue, as well as trinity, thanks for answering my question yesterday. I tried to say so earlier, but was experiencing technical difficulties.

trinity 12 years, 6 months ago

we did our fair state a disservice by not including the world's largest ball of mud-and the big scoop shovel thingiething out by pittsburg.

sunflower_sue 12 years, 6 months ago

Now, what do you think I'm going to say?

More sunflower, less bull$#!*. Don't get me wrong, I like buffalo, but the early whiteman pretty much wiped them off the face of the earth, let alone the face of KS. Do we need a reminder of the atrocities of our ansestors? Maybe (or surely) I'm making too much of this but we have to jazz up today's topic, somehow.

Why not have gone with a dinosaur? Thagomizer!

Other than that, I think it is round and very shiny...and worth about 25 cents.

BunE 12 years, 6 months ago

I like the quarter. As a proud Kansas native, I like the simple, populist design.

A lot of people don't know this but, the original was one of those jebus fishes eating the darwin fish with legs, with a dragon eating the sun while the villagers beat the drums to scare dragon into spitting up the sun!

wichita_reader 12 years, 6 months ago

Here's a link to the story to which KsjKC referred earlier. I think there's a link on LJW's website, too. Do $800,000 in quarters spilling on the highway make a sound if no one is around to hear them? Jackpot!

As far as the quarter goes, I think a depiction of the epic battle between the Purple Headed Yogurt Slinger and the Flying Spaghetti Monster would have been more appropriate.

avhjmlk 12 years, 6 months ago

Ok, I actually told TOB, and, as a way to protect my annonymity, I don't really want to tell everyone, but I will say that I have seven names, individually represented by those initials. First name, middle name, 2 baptismal names, confirmation name (Maria, huge surprise...), maiden name, married name. If anyone on this comment board went to high school with me, please don't spoil the secret. I think only David Ryan and Kevin "Arminius" G___? have been outed so far.

I will say that my parents were originally going to name me Reagan Alexis, but, considering the year of my birth (1980), and the family political leanings (left of center), that was a no-go.

So, if anyone was wondering, the "mlk" at the end of my name has nothing to do with Martin Luther King, Jr, milk, "am lucky", mollock, or any other word/phrase that could be represented by the letters "mlk."

avhjmlk 12 years, 6 months ago

And yes, odd_money, aaaaarrrrrrrggggggghhhhh is a fine substitute. Always a fan of the wail.

avhjmlk 12 years, 6 months ago

Ok, I'm out of the loop about Rosebud...

avhjmlk 12 years, 6 months ago

OMB--Good Lord! You must not...(jk).

Ok, so I guess the next task is to come up with some recognizable word that could be used in place of my initials...

avhjmlk 12 years, 6 months ago

TOB, don't spread around that rumor! I mean, you'd just be disappointing people, considering how little money is in any bank account I might have...! You know, overworked and underpaid!

lunacydetector 12 years, 6 months ago

where exactly do the buffalo roam these days, anyway? on some ground ted "mr. bipolar" turner owns in western kansas?

i think the quarter would've been more appropriate in the late 1800's, but what else does kansas have to offer? the largest ball of twine, the deepest hand dug well, the largest mud hut? at least it didn't have the ugly state capital (how exciting!) pictured on it -like our "touristy" license plate. i guess i'll stick with the buffalo. :)

italianprincess 12 years, 6 months ago

Afternoon everyone!!!!!!!!

I think it should show maybe about 3 to 4 sunflowers in a bunch and the buffalo should be a bit smaller. I think of Kansas as the sunflower state since moving here and haven't seen any buffalo yet.

Maybe a tordado added somewhere with the buffalo spinning around it..........just kidding ( LOL ).

Hope everyone is have a great day on this cloudy rainy day.

Linda Aikins 12 years, 6 months ago

Hi everyone!

We should have had Fred Phelps bent over with one of his signs up his arse.

Nothing says Kansas like that.

Hey - how about Boot Hill / Front Street? A scene from Gunsmoke where there are mountains in the background. Remember those?

sunflower_sue 12 years, 6 months ago

IP, LOL!!! A tornado with cows spinning in it would have been PERFECT!!!!!!!!!!!

Now, THAT says Gary Larson to me!

Why couldn't you have been on that "let's just pick one" committee

heretoday 12 years, 6 months ago

What a drab representation of our state.... I do like the idea IP...we could have had the ball, the sunflower, the buffallo, and Fred all swaying around the Tornado. And this is a flat question for today....we should spruce it up a bit. E_M the Dean howl is sometimes the only way I can express my emotions. hehe

Linda Aikins 12 years, 6 months ago

Yep TOB, but James Arness wasn't up to the trip so his wife came in his place. No one was going to recognize it at all, so the Mayor of Dodge or someone there thought they'd capitalize on it. I don't know why we didn't have people from all over the world there.

I remember when Wyatt Earp (street) in Dodge City still had all the old brick bars when the creepy basement that supposedly helped hide the escaping slaves. And "Boot Hill" was actually a little bit authentic. You could go into "bar" and buy a sarsparillo and a Boot Hill snow globe and feel like you are back in the old days.

We also went there on field trips when I lived in Hanston. That and the meatpacking plant. Now THERE'S a good memory...

avhjmlk 12 years, 6 months ago

Speaking of the state, in general, was anyone else disappointed with Garrison Keillor's "News from Lake Woebegone" from the state fair?

italianprincess 12 years, 6 months ago


I got to go.........we got cows.

beatrice 12 years, 6 months ago

AnnieValarieHenrietaJaneMariaLincolnKransworth: I plead guilty. I'm not from Western Kansas. Regarding my being a smart a, better than being a dumb a, don't you say? Btw, no offense was intended with the "corners" comment. : )

For the quarter, lets not forget the Gate to Hell in Stull. They might have torn down the old church, but everyone knows the gate is still there. Maybe an image of a little hole with horns and a pitchfork sticking out would have worked.

Linda Aikins 12 years, 6 months ago

It was bad bad bad. And stink? OUCH! We carried soap in with us so we could put it under our noses to avoid the stench. Now most of the west side of Dodge smells like that.

Yes, I may have had meatpacking plants, but I didn't have to learn the Nifty Fifty State Song.

neopolss 12 years, 6 months ago

blessed3x, PETA is too busy euthanizing cats and dogs (and a few buffalos probably) to be found.

lunacydetector 12 years, 6 months ago

no wonder the people of johnson county voted down the Oz themepark (on the par with Disneyland). look at all kansas has to offer. we are greatness. we have exciting times in store for our children's children.

....funny thing, no mention of a buffalo.


Abilene: Old Abilene western town Andover: Vornado Fan Museum Andover: Tornado Victims Monument
Caldwell: Former Ornate Box Turtle Capital of the World Cawker City: World's Largest Twine Ball Chanute: Safari Museum Coffeyville: Dalton Defenders Museum & Largest Recorded Hailstone Delphos: Girl who thought of Lincoln's Beard
Goodland: Giant Van Gogh Easel Greensburg:The Big Well & the Meteorite Halstead: Valeda: Transparent Woman, Kansas Learning Center for Health Hiawatha: Davis Memorial Hutchinson: Kansas Cosmosphere Junction City: Atomic Cannon Junction City: Heritage Underwear Show
Lacrosse: Barbed Wire Museum Lawrence: Comanche the Horse, U of K natural History Museum Lebanon: Geographic Center of the 48 States
Liberal: Wizard of Oz Complex Lucas: Garden of Eden Marysville: Black Squirrel Capital of the World Medicine Lodge: Carrie Nation Museum
Minneapolis: The other Rock City Mullinville: Sculptures Blown by the Winds of Politics Norton: Gallery of Also-Rans Oakley: Prairie Dog Town
Pratt: Home of Beautiful Women, Hot and Cold Water Towers Salina: Bones of Snyder
Sedan: Yellow Brick Roads
Shawnee: Electric House Tour
Stull: Gates of Hell Wakeeney: Christmas City of the High Plains
West Mineral: Big Brutus, giant earth mover Wichita: Boy with a Boot Wichita: Carrie Nation drinking fountain
Wichita: First Pizza Hut Wichita: Pyradomes, Institute of Logopedics

avhjmlk 12 years, 6 months ago

That list doesn't include Great Bend being the original home of one of the varieties of car racing. They use the track as a landing strip now.

avhjmlk 12 years, 6 months ago


No offense taken, naturally. I just have to let my sass out every once in a while. And, yes, it is much preferred, and much more enjoyable, to be a smarta than a dumba.

ms_canada 12 years, 6 months ago

Interesting to see that you people have specially minted coins as we do. A few years back our Royal Mint issued a 25 cent piece with a mountie (you all know about our mounties, don't you?) on it riding a horse and carrying a flag on a long pole. We called that horse a quarter horse. You all know about quarter horses, don't you? I'm back from my wee vacation and would like to comment about the question of yesterday. When I am visiting my sister in the US and I go with her to a luncheon at her Legion meeting and they all stand up and sing the National Anthem and Pledge allegience, what should I do? I just stand there and feel dumb. I know most of the words to the Star Spangled and can sing along but think it would not be right since it is not my flag. Any thoughts on that?

Aileen Dingus 12 years, 6 months ago

Whoever suggested Nevada have gaming- the Feds wouldn't let them. rolls eyes They should have put a showgirl or something instead.

jonas 12 years, 6 months ago

It's not worth enough. A paltry 25 cents. Psssh.

sunflower_sue 12 years, 6 months ago

ms_c, welcome home! No, you would not be expected to sing along. I saw a video of a poor Canadian girl that tried to sing the US anthem at a hockey game. Twice she had to quit because she forgot the words and after she left the ice to retrieve the words, she came back, slipped on the ice and fell on her bum. She was so humiliated she left for good. I felt so bad for her! She tried, though, God bless her.

Jayhwk226, ever muster up that courage yesterday? We do understand!

L8MDL 12 years, 6 months ago

A buffalo pooping a sunflower. How quaint!

Bluejay 12 years, 5 months ago

Someone said something about Caldwell, Kansas being the "former" ORNATE BOX TURTLE CAPITAL OF THE WORLD! This is strange because the town has been the "official" ORNATE BOX TURTLE CAPITAL OF THE WORLD since 1986. Some people in the little town must think it is not cool to be known as a turtle capital. I just found their website if anyone is interested.

Caldwell, Kansas has quite a history! There are some real interesting links from this website. Anyone interested in history will find them worth viewing. Besides, the ORNATE BOX TURTLE is colorful and would probably be a much better choice for the state quarter!

Bluejay 12 years, 5 months ago


Caldwell, Kansas has a nice museum too, and it has a very big old Bison skull on display. Does anyone else know of a place that displays a part of the animal Kansas put on its quarter? The museum website is at this address.


Evolve_Kansas 12 years, 5 months ago

I see nothing wrong with the new Kansas quarter other than the animal is a Bison and not a Buffalo. Kansas has never had Buffalo, but that's no big thing. It is better than an image of some God as I heard some members of the Kansas Board of Education desired! I agree with Bluejay. LONG LIVE THE BISON! The turtle would have been OK too, or maybe a Darwin Fish! Maybe a Bluejay would have been a good choice. What ya think of that?

I really do hope none of you are taking any of these comments all that serious. I for one only write on these pages because it passes the time of day. Thanks in part to past actions of our President and his followers people like me can no longer aford to do much other than write strange notes on newspaper discussion pages. At least I still have my trusty lap top!

PS: Bluejay, I did learn a few things at the websites you gave. Thank you.

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