2004 Wisconsin State Quarters
The obverse will continue to bear the familiar restored 1932 John Flannagan image of George Washington.
The Reverse side design depicts an agricultural theme featuring the head of a cow, a round of cheese, and an ear of corn. The design also bears an inscription of the state motto, Forward. Wisconsin is the dairy capital of the world, ranking number one in the number of milk cows and the production of over 15 percent of the nation’s milk—more than any other state. Today, Wisconsin produces over 350 different varieties, types, and styles of award-winning cheeses. Approximately 17,000 dairy farms with just over 1 million cows that produce an average of 17,306 pounds of milk each, per year, continue the reputation for quality milk from Wisconsin. The state is also a major corn-growing state, ranking 10th in the production of corn for grain, with 363 million bushels produced in 2000. State corn production contributed $690 million to the Wisconsin economy in 2000. Wisconsin is also a leading supplier of mint. In 2000, Wisconsin mint growers provided more than 477,000 pounds of mint oil, including 315,000 pounds of peppermint and 162,000 pounds of spearmint annually. One drum of mint oil will flavor 3.5 million sticks of gum. Wisconsin adopted the state motto, Forward, in 1851, reflecting Wisconsin’s continuous drive to be a national leader.