coinfodder's Blog

05 Jan 2021

The Fifty States of Coinage- Part 16- Kansas

| coinfodder

Coin-cidentally, I happened to be reading the Marvel Comic's adaptation of the first 6 Wizard of Oz books at the same time as I got the idea to continue writing these. I recommend reading them. They are much different than the movie, as the Wizard of Oz was adapted from the book, not the 1939 MGM movie.


If you thought of Dorothy Gale when I mentioned the Wizard of Oz, your station wagon was picked up in Des Moines by a tornado (the capital of Iowa, the last state we visited) and the car was pitched into a wide field, exiting the car, and realizing that some old-looking witch like woman was crushed under the car.

Welcome to Kansas, everyone, on the 16th part of our road trip.

You look at the poor witch you have just killed and realize that she has a business card in her hand. That card is leading you a store, were you buy a small pamphlet telling you about the coins of Kansas, from the works of the great coin writer Coinfudder. The words of this great pamphlet are below.

Hello Folks, and welcome back to the station wagon, were we continue our tour of the United States, here in Kansas.

Kansas is a flat state, known for the farmers, flat plains, and miles of boring corn fields going all around. And no, we are not talking about the band. Kansas was first settled by the Coddoan Wichita and the Kaw Indians. The first outsider was the Spanish explorer Coronado. In 1803, most of Kansas is acquired by the United States as part of the Louisiana Purchase. In 1827, Fort Leavenworth becomes the first permanent settlement of whites inside the state. Later in time, the Kansas-Nebraska act is passed as part of the dumb, dumber, and dumbest Compromise of 1850, which tell Kansas it could decide whether the state would be slave or free. Chaos broke out as people from free -states and slave owners from Missouri and Arkansas moved in to tilt the vote, causing violence in the 5-year period known as Bleeding Kansas. In 1861, Kansas finally had a fair vote, and Kansas was a free state, and soon after joining the United States as the 34th state. After the Civil War, many African American looked to Kansas and the "Land of John Brown" and moved there in droves. In 1881, Kansas outlawed alcohol, starting the nation's largest state-wide prohibition, which lasted until 1948.

In 1954, the sleepy state made headlines for the first time since the Populist Revolt and the decades-long prohibition with the Civil-Rights case Brown v. The Board of Education of Topeka. The Browns won, the first hurdle that fell in the hard route to civil rights. Today, Kansas is still the sleepy state in the center of the United States, producing much of the grain for the nation. Famous residents include Dwight D. Eisenhower, Bob Dole, Gale Sayers, and Amelia Earhart.

To the coins, now.

Like always, first to mind is the 50 state and ATB Quarters. The fifty-state quarter is a peculiar one. On it is a bison, and a sunflower, the state flower, and also a reference to its name, the sunflower state. The coin was issued in 2005.

In 2020, the penultimate issue to the America the Beautiful Quarter Series was released, honoring Tallgrass Prairie in Strong City, Kansas. The coin features the state grass (tallgrass) and features a monarch butterfly swirling overhead.

Great Scott! We don’t have any commemoratives, classic or modern! No coins, other than the Bob Dole medal that came out last year! What do we do, what do we do? Easy. We talk about Bleeding Kansas, which was briefly mentioned earlier.

As abolition became widespread in the then much smaller United States, the Northern and Southerners were at odds over the issue of slavery. To appease both sides, Stephen Douglas of Illinois proposed the Kansas-Nebraska Act to satisfy both parties. After much confusion in Congress with “Popular Sovereignty Clause” plus more jargon than medicine or the typical southern guy, Congress allowed Kansas to vote on whether they would be free or slave. Utah was allowed the same vote, but with milder results.

What ensued in Kansas is one of the chaotic pre-election and post-elections in history.

When news of the ensuing election reached slave Missouri and Free Iowa, settlers from both states poured in by the bushel to skew the election results one way or the other. The settlers were hardly peaceful. Some, like John Brown, killed temporary settlers in Kansas. Violence and shootouts were widespread. In 1861, the state finally voted peacefully, ending in Kansas as a free state.

Thanks folks and see you later on our trip!

You look up from the book. The sky is clear, with a greenish tint. The cyclone starts up again. You hurry back inside, then watch as the tornado takes you away toward your next destination.


Kansas has had its share of controversies. Lots of civil conflicts too. It is a wonder how it is still standing.

I. R. Bama

Level 5

Fun blog, thanks!


Level 6

Not a bad design. Creative blog. Those flying monkey's scare me and I'm fearless.


Level 5

Dude! I got totally excited reading about a state with their own official "Grass" until I whipped out my Thesaurus and realized you were talking about bovine grazing growth and not left handed cigarettes, bummer, I was so up for a road trip. All kidding aside, great subject and fantastic blog. Later!


Level 5

I love your writing style! Its so engaging! Thanks for the info. All of this was new to me! Cheers, NM


Level 6

I remember buying tickets for a Kansas concert in the late 70's and having my mokie heart broken when they had to cancel. "Dust in the Wind" "All we are is Dust in the Wind" still echoes through my brain when I think about my favorite concerts.


Level 5

Ah, yes. The Wizard of Oz brings back memories from my childhood. I grew up watching it. Thanks for the great blog!


Level 7

Thanks for your work on a good blog. Are we in Kansas? Sometimes I don't know were I am. I enjoyed it and yes I enjoyed the movie!! I'm clicking my shoes now!!


Level 5

Thanks for another great stop on our road trip. Kansas was a pretty good stop. Who doesn't love the Wizard of Oz. One of those movies you can watch over again and still enjoy. I like the Bison on the quarter.

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