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Monday, January 11, 2010

Northern Mariana Islands Quarter Coin Cover

The US Mint will release the Northern Mariana Islands Quarter First Day Coin Cover on January 12, 2010 at 12:00 Noon ET. This will be the final coin cover in the DC & US Territories Quarters Program.

Each cover will include two 2010 Northern Mariana Islands Quarters, one each from the first day of mintage at the Philadelphia and Denver Mint facilities. The coins are mounted on a display card with a 44-cent Flag stamp. The cancellation will be November 30, 2009, Saipan CMNI, representing the first day the quarters were released into circulation.

The covers are priced at $14.95 each and will be limited to 20,000 units. The US Mint product page is already available here.

The other First Day Coin Covers issued for the DC & US Territories Quarters Program all remain available for sale on the US Mint's website. As of the most recent US Mint sales report, the District of Columbia cover sold 17,887 units, the Puerto Rico cover sold 14,747, the Guam cover sold 11,216, the America Samoa cover sold 9,553, and the US Virgin Islands cover sold 7,395.

The first three releases of the series had a maximum production limits of 25,000 units each. The maximum was reduced to 20,000 units for subsequent releases. It has not yet been confirmed whether First Day Coin Covers will be offered for the upcoming America the Beautiful Quarters.

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At January 11, 2010 at 11:59 AM , Anonymous Brad said...

I think this cover will be the best one of the entire 50 State Quarters or U.S. Territories progams when it comes to the secondary market value. It will likely only be sold for about 5-1/2 months, and the quarters it contains are the two lowest-minted designs of both programs (and lowest overall in about 50 years!)

I sure hope the Mint continues the covers for the "America the Beautiful" series! A continuation of the theme that was started with the Territories series which depict nice pictures of the coin's subject would be great. Who wouldn't want a coin cover with a photo of the majestic Mt. Rushmore on it to match the coins inside?

At January 11, 2010 at 1:26 PM , Anonymous Anonymous said...

a little off topic but what caused the 2008 clad proof sets and the 2008 unc. sets to go up so much in value compared to what some of the other years are doing. are the 2009 sets going to do as well with their copper pennies? i know alot are being cut up for the pennies but is it enough to have an impact on resale value.

At January 11, 2010 at 8:17 PM , Blogger John said...

I just have to say that I have not looked at any of the first day covers, but that is an awesome picture and I agree that since this is a low mintage quarter with a great picture this will probably do well in the future. In fact I may even start looking at the other cover designs.

At January 12, 2010 at 8:23 AM , Anonymous Anonymous said...


It's collectors thinking like you that could make this (and possibly ALL of the 2009 Territories Quarter covers) golden down the road!

I'm in for 51 of the Northern Mariana Islands cover. I did pretty well with my 2007 Wyoming and Utah extras!

At January 13, 2010 at 10:55 PM , Blogger Lasloo said...

BTW, for those who are looking for a good album to put their first day coin covers in... I'd strongly suggest the Allsyte Monarch FDC Album by White Ace. These albums are actually designed for first day stamp covers, however I have found that they are near perfect for first coin covers. Almost the exact size of the Presidential coin covers (those are the covers I'm currently using to test the albums). And I believe the state coin covers I have will fit in them too. I have yet to find anyone who actually makes albums specifically for the Mint's first day coin covers. But the Allsyte Monarch albums seem to do the trick.

The thing that makes these albums great is that you put the cover in clear envelope-size pages that actually flip vertically when inserted into the album. This gives you an excellent way of seeing both sides of the cover as well as the ability to view some part of all your covers at once.

Now, the Monarch album claims it can hold 100 stamp covers. However, the coin covers are a LOT thicker than normal stamp covers. Via trial and error, I suggest that you don't put anymore than 20 or so coin covers in one. And make sure to space each cover (maybe two slots or so) from each other so that they lay down flatter than they normally would if they aren't spaced. So, for the President coin covers, this means about two albums. For the state quarters, this means about three albums. The downside, here, however is that these albums are a lot more expensive than I think they should be. They are nice, but I'm not sure they are worth $50 a pop.

I have also tried the Allsyte Jumbo. Currently trying out my state quarters in those. However, the pages are WAY too big. And I'm thinking that only 15 covers... maybe less is optimal for those. Also, they put the pages on only one side of the cover album. This just isn't as appealing as doing both sides of the album like the Monarch album does. In addition, it's only about $5 to $8 cheaper than the Monarch. I'm invested now in these albums, but if I did it over again, I'd probably stick with the Monarch.

As one extra side note, I have also tried out the SAFE mini-albums and buying an extra pack of single-sided pockets. This is a pretty good solution as well. Costs a little over $30 (if you include the extra pockets) and holds about 10 per book. However, it looks a lot more traditional and just doesn't have the cool flip display styling of the Allsyte Monarch albums.

BTW, I don't work for any of these companies. Just a rabid first day coin cover numismatist and have been searching for a while for a good album to store my covers in. I know some others on here have asked whats out there, and thought I'd chime in.

At January 17, 2010 at 1:56 PM , Anonymous Anonymous said...

Thanks for the advice on the album, Lasloo.

I'm hoping the Territories FDC covers go up enough in price that I can sell a few extras to help pay for this album. :)


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