Official State Nickname of South Dakota
The official nickname of South Dakota is "Mount Rushmore State" (designated in 1992). The nickname appears on South Dakota's state flag. Mount Rushmore itself is featured on the U.S. Mint's bicentennial commemorative quarter for South Dakota. All State Nicknames
Previous nicknames for South Dakota are the "Coyote State" (coyote is the official state animal) or the "Sunshine State," alluded to in the pledge to South Dakota''s state flag ("I pledge loyalty and support to the flag and state of South Dakota, land of sunshine, land of infinite variety.").