An Iowa quarter sits next to a bulk mail postage mark from Peoria IL.

I went to the mailbox on 10/3/04. There I found this piece of junk mail. I got the Iowa quarter at the California Bank & Trust near the corner of El Camino and Hope the previous day, where I paid cash value for four of them. I remember reading in Coin World that the picture of a one room schoolhouse after an Arbor Day tree planting was painted by Grant Wood, one of the State's favorite sons. An Iowa Green told me that they had wanted to use American Gothic, his most famous painting, but some New York firm that owned the copyright wasn't willing to play ball with them. At any rate, I don't remember reading the name of an artist on any other circulating coins. I gave one of my four to Stephanie that evening.

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