Thank you, Governor Schwarzenegger

Many coin designs incorporate images of birds. Several of the US Mint’s state quarters feature birds, including the peregrine falcon for Idaho, scissor-tailed flycatcher for Oklahoma, and Caroline wren for South Carolina. More recently, quarter dollar coins honoring the El Yunque National Forest, Bombay Hook National Wildlife Refuge, and Everglades National Park have included the Puerto Rican parrot, great blue heron, great egret, anhinga, and roseate spoonbill.

Several South American countries feature the Andean condor on coins, some going back to at least the 19th century.

But I know of only one “real” coin with a California condor on it: the 2005 California state quarter.

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