The Reverse side depicts the outline of the state and the Great Lakes system. The quarter is inscribed Great Lakes State.
As indicated by the state’s nickname, much of Michigan’s history is tied to the Great Lakes—Superior, Michigan, Huron, Erie and Ontario—five of the world’s largest lakes. Together, they encompass more than 38,000 square miles and form the largest body of fresh water in the world. Michigan borders four of these Lakes, all but Ontario—more than any other state. It should come as no surprise, then, that Michigan is the only place in the world with a floating post office: the J.W. Westcott II is the only boat in the world that delivers mail to ships while they are still underway, and has been operating for 125 years.