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Friday, November 27, 2009

Northern Mariana Islands Quarter Bags and Rolls

The US Mint will begin sales of the Northern Mariana Islands Quarters bags and rolls on Monday, November 30, 2009 at 12:00 Noon ET. This will represent the final release for the 2009 District of Columbia and United States Territories Quarters Program.

The reverse design of the 2009 Northern Mariana Islands Quarter depicts the natural resources of the islands in the land, air, and sea. Design elements include a Latte stone, coconut trees, wild plants, nature birds, and a sailing vessel. A head lei composed of native plants and flowers borders the bottom. The reverse was designed by Richard Masters and sculpted by Phebe Hemphill.

The US Mint will offer 1000-coin bags from either the Philadelphia or Denver Mint priced at $309.95 each, and 100-coin bags from either mint priced at $32.95 each. A Two Roll Set containing one 40-coin roll from the Philadelphia and one 40-coin roll from the Denver Mint will also be available priced at $32.95.

Sales of this year's quarter bags and rolls started off slow for the first release, but then jumped for the second release. This was probably motivated by the jump in secondary market prices for the sold out District of Columbia Quarter bags and rolls. Sales have trailed off since then, as subsequent releases failed to show similar price appreciation.

The last reported sales figures for all of the 2009 Quarter bags and rolls are shown below. The U.S. Virgin Islands Quarter bags and rolls still remain available for sale at the US Mint.

1000 (P) 1000 (D) 100 (P) 100 (D) 2 Roll Set
D.C. 653 704 8,304 10,394 31,021
Puerto Rico 1,047 953 20,000 17,295 41,669
Guam 1,487 1,334 13,012 12,337 38,231
American Samoa 1,499 1,434 7,325 7,185 33,865
U.S. Virgin Islands 1,206 1,168 7,019 6,856 31,234

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At November 27, 2009 at 11:50 AM , Anonymous Anonymous said...


At November 27, 2009 at 12:35 PM , Anonymous Anonymous said...

Just as I figured : not much interest in these things..

At November 27, 2009 at 12:47 PM , Anonymous Anonymous said...


At November 27, 2009 at 3:25 PM , Anonymous Anonymous said...

Oh, thank you most good and gracious Mint for producing billions and billions of Mariana Islands quarters in bags and rolls while unable to produce a proof ASE. Glory, halelujah. Oh,oh, I think I just soiled my shorts I am so overcome with emotion.

At November 27, 2009 at 3:29 PM , Anonymous Anonymous said...

still trying to figure out what the heck the reverse is supposed to be

At November 27, 2009 at 5:34 PM , Anonymous Anonymous said...

That is a "Latte stone"

From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

A latte stone in Latte Stone Park, Hagatna, GuamA latte stone, or simply latte (also latde), is the term for a pillar (Chamorro language: haligi) capped by a hemispherical stone capital (tasa) with the flat side facing up. Used as building supports by the ancient Chamorro people, they are found throughout most of the Mariana Islands. In modern times, the latte stone is seen as a sign of Chamorro identity and is used in many different contexts.

At November 28, 2009 at 9:02 AM , Anonymous Anonymous said...

Dang! And I thought it was just a naked palm tree.

At November 29, 2009 at 7:21 AM , Blogger Michael said...

That is a "Latte stone"

... Fixed it. Thanks!

At November 29, 2009 at 2:37 PM , Anonymous Anonymous said...

So is this where the Chamorro people would gather when they needed a latte?

At November 30, 2009 at 5:19 PM , Anonymous Anonymous said...

Interesting that the Mint did not end sales of the Virgin Islands bags and roll sets when the Mariana Islands ones went on sale.


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