The horses received 32 percent of the votes, or 18,900 votes,
said state Treasurer Brian Krolicki. The second- and third-place
choices, a bighorn sheep and miner, each received 24 percent of the
votes, or over 14,000 ballots apiece.
The rendering of the horses, first called "Morning in Nevada"
with the Sierra Nevada mountains in back, was criticized because
most Nevadans see the sun set - not rise - over the range on the
state's western border. Now there's a more generic description of
In fourth place was "Battle Born," a design similar to the
state flag, which received 9,600 votes, or 16 percent.
Missing from the choices was a depiction of the state's
signature industry, gambling. Krolicki said U.S. Treasury Secretary
John Snow nixed the idea because it was "suggested that gaming
would not be appropriate for the nation's coinage." Krolicki
appealed the decision to no avail.
Krolicki said children made the difference in the vote for the
wild horses. A quarter of the votes for that rendering came from
children in kindergarten through sixth grade, he said.
The coin will be released in January 2006.