The United States Mint on Tuesday reached a halfway point with three of six products launched that include 2009 quarters within First Day Coin Covers.
Each cover contains two commemorative quarters struck on the first day a new design was minted -- one from Denver and the other from Philadelphia. The quarters are housed within an attractive display card, which also has an affixed postage stamp with a postmark denoting the date a quarter design was released into circulation. A coin cover is limited to 25,000 and is listed for a price of $14.95.
Six quarter First Day Coin Covers will be issued this year -- one for every 2009 District of Columbia and U.S. Territories Quarters. The three available now include:
DC Quarter First Day Coin Cover
The cover includes two DC quarters with a reverse design featuring the image of internationally renowned composer and musician Duke Ellington seated at a grand piano. (Designed by Joel Iskowitz and sculpted by Don Everhart.)
The card includes a cancelled 42-cent Flags 24/7 stamp and a postmark of January 26, 2009, Washington D.C.
The Mint began selling the covers on April 24, 2009. As of July 26, a total of 13,291 have been sold.
For information on the quarter, visit the World Mint Coins page: District of Columbia Quarter.
Puerto Rico First Day Coin Cover
The two Puerto Rican quarter within the cover have a reverse design featuring a sentry box in Old San Juan overlooking the sea and Puerto Rico's official flower, the hibiscus. The design, by United States Mint Sculptor-Engraver Joseph Menna, also includes the inscriptions Isla del Encanto (Island of Enchantment), making it the first U.S. coin to circulate with a phrase in Spanish.
The display card includes a cancelled 42-cent Flags 24/7 stamp and a postmark of March 30, 2009, San Juan, PR.
The Mint began offering the covers on May 26, 2009. As of July 26, a total of 8,967 have been sold.
For information on the quarter, visit the World Mint Coins page: Commonwealth of Puerto Rico Quarter.
Guam Quarter First Day Coin Cover
The reverse design for each included quarter, by United States Mint Sculptor-Engraver Jim Licaretz, features an outline of the island of Guam, a flying proa (a seagoing craft built by the Chamorro people) and a latte stone (an architectural structure used as the base of homes and built all over the island for millennia).
The card includes a 44-cent Flag stamp and a postmark of May 26, 2009, Hagatna, GU.
The Mint began offering the covers on July 28, 2009.
For information on the quarter, visit the World Mint Coins page: Guam Quarter.
To place an order for any cover, visit the United States Mint page:
The covers may also be purchased through the Mint toll-free number: 1-800-USA-MINT (872-6468). Hearing- and speech-impaired customers may order by calling 1-888-321-MINT (6468).
In related quarter news this week, the US Mint began selling circulating American Samoa quarters products on Monday. The quarter-dollars are the 4th coin released in the 2009 DC & US Territories Quarters Program.