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Wednesday, July 22, 2009

American Samoa Quarter Bags and Rolls


American Samoa Quarter Bags and Rolls will go on sale at the US Mint on July 27, 2009 at 12:00 Noon ET. This will be the fourth coin released in this year's District of Columbia & U.S. Territories Quarters Program.

The reverse design of the American Samoa Quarter features the ava bowl, whisk, and staff in the foreground. A coastline with coconut trees appears towards the background. An inscription reads "SAMOA MUAMUA LE ATUA" which translates to "Samoa, God is First." This reverse was designed by Stephen Clark and sculpted by Charles Vickers.

Similar to prior releases, the US Mint will offer 100 and 1,000-coin bags and two roll sets featuring the latest quarter.

The 100-coin bags will be available from either the Philadelphia or Denver Mint and will be priced at $32.95 each. The 1,000 coin bags will also be available from either mint and will be priced at $309.95. The two roll sets contain on 40-coin roll from each mint and will be priced at $32.95 each. The rolls will come in custom US Mint wrappers which denote the contents and face value of each roll.

Final production figures have not yet been released for the American Samoa Quarter, but the numbers will be closely watched. For all three quarter designs which have been released so far this year, each subsequent release has had a lower overall mintage than the one before. The most recently released Guam Quarter had a combined mintage of 87.6 million coins, comprised of 45 million Philadelphia Mint coins and 42.6 million Denver Mint coins.

The final production figures for the American Samoa Quarter will likely be available in early August, a few days after the bags and rolls are first released.

Do you have an opinion on the American Samoa Quarter design or its prospects as a collectible? You can rate and review this coin on Coin Review!

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17 Comments:

At July 22, 2009 at 2:26 PM , Anonymous Anonymous said...

It's off topic, but I just noticed that the William Henry & Anna Harrison Coin & Spouse Medal set is now "Sold Out" at the U.S. Mint website. The last reported sales figure from Numismaster was a mere 14,370 units as of July 12. This one could be the rarest set yet, even more so than the 2007's.

 
At July 22, 2009 at 4:30 PM , Anonymous vaughnster said...

Can't wait for the National Parks quarters to start next year. The D.C. and U.S. Territories are incredibly boring. Most Americans have no idea where these territories are on a map!!

 
At July 22, 2009 at 4:31 PM , Anonymous Anonymous said...

Wow! That's low indeed. Do we know the mintage totals for the 2008 sets: Monroe, JQ Adams, Jackson, & VanBuren? I don't seem to be able to find numbers on the Mint website, peerhaps they don't reveal them?

 
At July 22, 2009 at 4:39 PM , Anonymous Anonymous said...

Where can I go to find out what coins are coming out in 2010...this year is horrible.

 
At July 22, 2009 at 6:58 PM , Anonymous La Cucaracha said...

Hol-ee fri-holy, have I had the worst luck chasing these Harrison etc. issues ... was late to the party on the dollars, my Tyler rolls were canceled (tho that looks like it could be a good thing), and now my order for the Harrison Spouse is canceled (I bought while backordered, probably never had a chance) ... sigh ..

oh yeah, this quarter design does suck, nothing against samoans .. indecipherable devices, out-of-proportion palm trees loom over the ocean precariously ... dreadful ..

 
At July 22, 2009 at 8:13 PM , Anonymous lunaticg said...

This is why I envy all of you US coin collector out there. You have so much beautiful coin to collect.

 
At July 22, 2009 at 8:43 PM , Anonymous Anonymous said...

Aww, crap. I had ordered a bunch of Harrison Coin & Spouse Medal sets, but decided to get the Tyler rolls instead, so I cancelled the medal sets. The Tylers are doing nothing. Now watch, these Harrison medal sets will be huge winners.

 
At July 23, 2009 at 6:54 AM , Anonymous Anonymous said...

The latest Mint Statistics at Numismaster show that 15,038 of the Harrison Coin & Spouse Medal Sets were sold as of July 19. However, that number could very well include sets that were "sold" under backorder status and later cancelled. The number will most likely be adjusted downward in next week's report. Even if it isn't, it's still lower than any of the 2007 sets.

No sales numbers were ever provided for the 2008 sets. My feeling is that there were probably about the same number of them sold as the 2007's. None of the 2008 sets were truly available for a long period of time, especially the Van Buren set. It went on sale very late in October, and orders placed in early December that were on backorder for several months were finally cancelled in mid-2009. That resulted in a few days of feverish secondary market sales with prices sometimes reaching upwards of $100. The Jackson set also reaped some of that to a lesser extent, seeing some sales upwards of $75. Prices have cooled considerably since then, though.

This quick sellout of the Harrison set may cause faster sales of the John & Letitia Tyler set. If it sells out shortly at the same sales level, we may see the Mint begin to impose ordering limits on future Coin & Spouse Medal sets. There may even be the typical bogged down U.S. Mint website on release day!

 
At July 23, 2009 at 9:54 AM , Blogger Lasloo said...

Isn't strange that Numismatic News doesn't have any mintage numbers for 2008 Prez Coin & Spouse Medal sets? One of their earlier posts has the numbers for 2007... but nowhere can I find the numbers for 2008.

 
At July 23, 2009 at 11:01 AM , Anonymous Anonymous said...

I e-mailed Dave Harper at Numismatic News about the missing stats for the 2008 Coin & Spouse Medal Sets, and he told me that the Mint had never reported any figures for those. At least they are reporting figures for the 2009's though.

This week's report shows that 4,665 of the John & Letitia Tyler sets were sold so far. Just like Harrison, it's already backordered.

 
At July 23, 2009 at 11:10 AM , Anonymous Anonymous said...

I hope the mintage of the American Samoa quarters is slightly higher than that of Guam. If that happens, it may be the shot in the arm that the Guam bags and roll sets need to make them secondary market winners. As it appears now, they may end up being dogs. I thought for sure they would sell out VERY quickly after the low mintage figures were published, but for some reason NO.

From Numismaster's latest "Mint Statistics" report, the Mint has sold slightly over 9.5% of Guam's entire mintage through the bags and roll set programs. That seems kind of excessive to me. They're hard enough to find at banks for face value as it is. It doesn't help that the Mint retains at least 10% of the entire mintage to sell at a mark-up!

 
At July 23, 2009 at 5:08 PM , Anonymous Anonymous said...

Oh well, here we go again? The Mint did not report the number of 2008 spouse sets minted and sold? For a (gov't) facility with the supposed amount of accountability and security, etc., who needs to report every cent they make or earn.....are we to believe someonee didn't keep track of these sets produced 4 times during the year???????? I refuse to believe it happened all 4 times. What a continual public embarrassment. Really.

 
At July 25, 2009 at 12:32 PM , Blogger the x said...

i can't wait for there to be one quarter design to come out just like it was in 1998 to bad i have to wait till 2030.

 
At July 25, 2009 at 8:15 PM , Anonymous Anonymous said...

I think I'll be dead by 2030

 
At July 26, 2009 at 8:18 AM , Blogger Lasloo said...

I tend to agree. While the idea for the State Quarters was brilliant and very successful in getting people into collecting again... I think re-doing the whole program over again with monuments and national parks is overboard. At some point, we need to get back to basics, and just create ONE really nice design that lasts for at least 10 years or so. So, with this new quarters program, we won't possibly get back to normal until at least 2022.

On another note, anyone know if there are plans in the works to change the dime? Its the only one that hasn't changed since the coin design revolution of 1999.

 
At July 26, 2009 at 12:05 PM , Anonymous Anonymous said...

If they do, I hope that they don't use the same style as the nickel. It is next to impossible to find these in pocket change without them looking like they were run over by a truck. Were these designed to wear totally flat in 5 years? Just keep with the olde fashioned silouettes.

 
At August 15, 2009 at 5:57 PM , Blogger robert duyos said...

I think the US Mint should use a few classic designs that were never actually chosen. Remember Frank Gasparo's 1977 design for the Liberty dollar. It eventually became a Susan B. Anthony dollar. How about John Flanagan's original Washington quarter design from 1932. We've seen a thousand reverses now, how about a great new obverse. And how about the original Monticello design for the Jefferson nickel. Finally, wouldn't it be fun to bring back the wheat reverse on the cent, even for one year?

 

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