Northern Mariana Islands Quarters Released

On November 30, 2009, the final coin in the District of Columbia and United States Territories Quarter Program was released. This coin featured the Northern Mariana Islands.

Northern Mariana Islands Quarter

The reverse of the coin features plant and animal life of the islands, as well as a sailing vessel and the Latte stone. A head lei composed of native plants and flowers borders the lower portion of the design. The reverse was designed by Richard Masters and sculpted by Phebe Hemphill.

To coincide with the release of the coins into circulation, the US Mint offered bags and rolls of the new coins for collectors. These were priced at a premium to face value and contain coins that have never been circulated. An official launch ceremony will be held on December 10, 2009 at American Memorial park Amphitheater, Garapan, Saipan.

Following the conclusion of this six coin series follow up to the popular 50 State Quarters series, there will begin a new series of quarters with rotating reverse designs. This will be known as America the Beautiful Quarters. There will be 56 quarters featuring a National Park or other national site in each state, the District of Columbia, and each US Territory.


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