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Honest opinion: Laura Gardin Fraser's 2022 Washington Quarter obverse

WeissWeiss Posts: 9,881 ✭✭✭✭✭
edited February 12, 2022 9:15AM in U.S. Coin Forum

I'm happy to see a new design, but I have to admit I really enjoyed seeing the original deeper struck (non-spaghetti) Flanagan design when it returned in 2021. So now I'm a little more biased against the Fraser design than I would have been if the mint had gone straight from the thinner, squiggly Flanagan to the Fraser.

What are your thoughts? (Not my picture)

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  • coinbufcoinbuf Posts: 10,384 ✭✭✭✭✭

    I am not a fan, I much preferred the OG design over this Fraser one. :s

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  • TwoSides2aCoinTwoSides2aCoin Posts: 43,564 ✭✭✭✭✭

    I was taught if I can't say something nice , I should remain silent. So let me think something nice.

  • bolivarshagnastybolivarshagnasty Posts: 7,341 ✭✭✭✭✭

    I’ve always preferred the LGF design over the Flanagan design. I think her work is much more artistic, reminiscent of the master Saint Gaudens.

  • jedmjedm Posts: 2,866 ✭✭✭✭✭

    I think it looks good definitely better than spaghetti hair but in my opinion the 1932 / 2021 was the best.

  • 291fifth291fifth Posts: 23,714 ✭✭✭✭✭

    I'm not going to share an opinion until I have both types in-hand and can compare them side by side. So far I have not received a 2022 quarter in change.

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  • rickoricko Posts: 98,724 ✭✭✭✭✭

    I am waiting to get one of these in hand.... I did not care for spaghetti hair.... but will see how this looks before going on record. Cheers, RickO

  • Jzyskowski1Jzyskowski1 Posts: 6,651 ✭✭✭✭✭

    Hey Ricko. I haven’t received a 2022 yet. Let’s hope our luck is better than with the dang W’s 😂

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  • fiftysevenerfiftysevener Posts: 874 ✭✭✭✭

    Isn't it cool how many of these new quarters appear to be prooflike or semi prooflike

  • TurtleCatTurtleCat Posts: 4,583 ✭✭✭✭✭

    Spaghetti hair was terrible. What I don’t like about Fraser’s design is that it feels like the bust is disproportionately large for the size.

  • HiBuckyHiBucky Posts: 565 ✭✭✭

    Just a 5 on a scale of 10 ..JMO

  • jesbrokenjesbroken Posts: 8,698 ✭✭✭✭✭
    edited February 12, 2022 8:49AM

    Another poor attempt to modernize already modern coinage. Why can't we have real sculptors who's designs are akin to the great masters of the art world? Next will Picasso's designs or Andy Warhol soup can adorn our coinage. JUST MY OPINION, but most of our coinage since WW2 has lacked any artistic motif's.

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  • HigashiyamaHigashiyama Posts: 2,103 ✭✭✭✭✭

    I really want to like this coin; however, while the bust is exceptional, I feel the coin itself is awkward.

  • ShaunBC5ShaunBC5 Posts: 1,548 ✭✭✭✭✭

    From the pictures, it’s not my favorite.

  • Steven59Steven59 Posts: 7,575 ✭✭✭✭✭

    Don't really care for it either. At least give it better detail - it looks like it was a slight struck through grease.

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  • olympicsosolympicsos Posts: 653 ✭✭✭✭

    It has key differences from Fraser's original models that make the current coin look worse.

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  • CoinHoarderCoinHoarder Posts: 2,311 ✭✭✭✭✭

    I received two of these in change recently. I like the obverse OK. But, as I have said in the past, I wish the eagle was put back on the reverse.

  • Mr_SpudMr_Spud Posts: 3,963 ✭✭✭✭✭

    I think it will be fun to see it looking all different like that if I get one in change, it keep things interesting and makes it more likely that I’ll pay attention to what I get in change.


  • cladkingcladking Posts: 28,121 ✭✭✭✭✭

    I thought I'd hate it because it represents more rewriting of history and gimmickry but it is tasteful and the design is more art deco than the one chosen. It even harkens back to the era that the Washington Quarter was first issued. I like the look of the date with it.

    I would prefer the "states program" come to an end and a regular design be installed (for longer than six months). Switching to this obverse would somehow seem appropriate and tie all the Washington quarters together.

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  • anablepanablep Posts: 4,981 ✭✭✭✭✭

    I received 3 of these quarters in change yesterday at my local Starbucks. I very much like the design of the obverse and the reverse. How well an already flat design will wear over the next 2-3 decades remains to be seen.

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