The quarter that features the musical instruments is the Arkansas quarter. The instrument with a graphic representation on the reverse of this year’s quarter is a drum set.
This blog post will explore everything you ever wanted to know about U.S. States Quarter designs, including which state has a guitar, trumpet and fiddle on its quarters, what state has the most number of quarts in circulation and what states have song lyrics printed on their quarters!
A vibrant mix of new and old, wild and tame Westerns were large-scale motion pictures that told tales of exploration in America’s frontier lands.
These pictures often portrayed the Far West as a place where life was cheap and men were brutal, but at the same time exciting.
The wild west was a popular setting for Hollywood westerns from the 1930s to the 1950s.
In many of these movies, actors like John Wayne, Gary Cooper and Randolph Scott, played cowboys on horseback seeking adventure on the vast western plains.
Some movies dealt with actual events such as Cattle Drive (1951), while others used typical western clichés such as gunfights and robberies with actors like Audie Murphy. Others were about specific people, such as Billy The Kid (1958) or Jesse James (1939). Most Hollywood westerns had a happy ending and showed the justice that the law could not give.
The craze for the wild west was also reflected in clothing styles of the time. Cowboys were the heroes of western towns, so hats, boots, belts and guns were popular accessories for both men and women.
In country music, artists such as Roy Rogers, Tex Ritter and Gene Autry sang about the virtues of life on the range. Songs like ‘Cool Water’ and ‘Wringer Bull Ride’ were classics that aired as part of children’s programming in states like Texas.
When talking to anybody over sixty years old in Texas you will find them reminiscing about the cowboy singers they listened to growing up.
Music and movies are not the only things that remind us of the West.
According to coinfacts.com , Arkansas is one of only two states to have a quarter with a depiction on its reverse of an instrument. The other state is New Mexico, which features a gourd rattle on its reverse.
Tennessee, Texas and Wyoming all displayed a guitar on their quarters from 1959 to 1960. Arizona used trumpet imagery for quarters in 1955, 1957 and 1959 .
Minnesota and Missouri both had a fiddle on their quarters in 1956, while South Carolina featured a fiddle on its quarter in 1964 and 1965.
Other instruments shown on states’ quarter designs include drums, cymbals, a flute, bagpipes, triangle and saxophone. In 2014, Alabama showed the autoharp as its instrument design.
The musical instruments that are chosen for U.S. state quarters are an interesting mix of cultures from around the world that reflect America’s diversity.
While some states chose instruments to represent their culture, other states chose instruments that reflect their musical heritage. The adoption of music and instruments from around the world is one way America is a ‘melting pot’.
In Arkansas, the state quarter design features a fiddle, guitar and drum set. These musical instruments are characteristic of the culture of Arkansans and are widely played in the state. According to Wikipedia , The Fiddle is a bowed string musical instrument . Many cultures have used and still use variations of the fiddle. Some have made similar forms such as varying in length or size or using different materials to make it more suitable for local situations. The violin is an instrument with a history dating back to the 15th century. The violin is a string instrument and in its modern form has a wooden box-shaped body with a neck at one end and the bridge at the other end. It makes sound by drawing a bow across one or more strings usually made of catgut or other materials such as silk or steel.
Arkansas also has a strong connection with country music, which includes some of today’s best known country artists like Johnny Cash, Charlie Daniels and Jerry Reed. These artists all have strong connections with Arkansas.
Johnny Cash was born in Kingsland, Arkansas on February 26, 1932.