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Monday, December 15, 2008

2009 Washington DC & US Territories Quarters

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Today, the United States Mint unveiled the designs for the upcoming Washington DC and US Territories Quarters Program. Below you should see a slide show featuring all of the six new reverse designs for 2009.

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This program will follow the popular 50 State Quarters Program. Quarters will be issued to honor the District of Columbia, the Commonwealth of Puerto Rico, Guam, American Samoa, the United States Virgin Islands, and Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands.

The coins will be released in roughly two month intervals throughout 2009. The obverse design will continue to display the rendition of George Washington designed by John Flanagan after the William Cousin's original for the Washington Quarter.

Washington DC Quarter
- The design features Duke Ellington seated at his piano. An inscription includes the District's official motto "Justice for All" and "Duke Ellington." This reverse was designed by Joel Iskowitz and sculpted by Don Everhart.

Puerto Rico Quarter
- The design features a view overlooking the sea from a sentry box in Old San Juan. A hibiscus appears at right. An inscription reads "Isla del Enchnto" which translates to "Island of Enchantment." This reverse was designed and sculpted by Joseph Menna.

Guam Quarter
- The design features a boat known as the flying proa, an outline of the island, and a latte stone. An inscription reads "Guahan I Tanó ManChamorro" which translates to "Guam Land of the Chamorro." Chamorro is one of the official languages of Guam which holds an important place in Guam’s identity as a link to their ancestors. The reverse was designed by David Westwood and sculpted by Jim Licaretz.

American Samoa Quarter - The design features items used in Samoan ceremonies, the ava bowl and whisk and staff. The coastline of the island is visible in the background. An inscription reads "Samoa Muamua Le Atua" which translates to "Samoa, God is First." The reverse was designed by Stephen Clark and sculpted by Charles Vickers.

US Virgin Islands Quarter - The design features the Banana Quit bird, Yellow Cedar flower, and a Tyre Palm. Outlines of the three major islands is also included. An inscription reads "United in Pride and Hope." The reverse was designed and sculpted by Joseph Menna.

Northern Mariana Islands Quarter
- The design most prominently features a latte stone and a Carolinian canoe with sail. Other native birds and plants are depicted with a pacific basil framing the design. The reverse was designed by Richard Masters and sculpted by Phebe Hemphill.

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