By now, you may recognize that we have a certain love of arbitrary rankings at Supercompressor. There was this, then this, and earlier this week, this. It's just...fun, what can we say? AND IT'S IMPORTANT, TOO, DAMNIT.
So in keeping with what's becoming our favorite activity, we continue this week with another unquestionably accurate ranking. This time, all 50 State Quarters.
Amid the aughts' headline news items—the rise of Internet culture, War on Terror, housing meltdown, and Mel Gibson's voicemail messages—was the most collected coin series of all time: the United States Quarters. Introduced in 1999, every quarter had a 10-week production run in the order of each state's founding, after which the coin was forever retired, thereby fueling the collecting frenzy. In fact, it's estimated that around half of the US population participated in some coin-collecting.