District of Columbia Quarter

District of Columbia Quarter Proof- click on image to enlarge (at this time, only proof image is available)
District of Columbia Quarter Proof- click on image to enlarge (at this time, only proof image is available)

General Coin Information

The District of Columbia Quarter is the first in a series of coins meant to honor the District of Columbia and the five United States territories, Guam, American Samoa, U.S. Virgin Islands, the Commonwealth of Puerto Rico and the Northern Mariana Islands.

10-square-miles of land, originally part of Maryland and Virginia, was set aside in 1790 to become part of a new "Federal City". This area, dictated by Article One of the Constitution of the United States, was designed to be under the control of the federal government, and not of any state. It became the Nation's capital on December 1, 1800.

In the coin honoring the capital, Duke Ellington, a native of D.C., is featured. Born in 1899, Ellington started piano lessons at age 7. This led to a life-long career as a world-renowned musician and composer. His works were so appreciated by the industry that he received 13 Grammy Awards. Consistently striving to improve his music, his attitude can be summed up with his quote:

"My attitude is never to be satisfied, never enough, never."

The other quarters available in this series are the Commonwealth of Puerto Rico quarter, the Guam quarter, the American Samoa quarter, the U.S. Virgin Islands quarter and the Northern Mariana Islands quarter. All will be released throughout 2009 in quantities to meet demand.

Obverse Design

Designed by William Cousins, based on the original design by John Flanagan, a portrait of George Washington is circled with the words "UNITED STATES OF AMERICA" and "QUARTER DOLLAR". Also shown is "LIBERTY", "IN GOD WE TRUST" and the mintmark.

Reverse Design

Joel Iskowitz designed the reverse and it was sculpted by Don Everhart. It features a seated image of Duke Ellington in front of a grand piano. "DISTRICT OF COLUMBIA, "E PLURIBUS UNUM", "2009" and "JUSTICE FOR ALL", which is the motto of Washington D.C., are also on the reverse.

District of Columbia Quarter Specifications

   
   Mint: United States Mint
   Mintmark: P, D, S
   Finish/Condition: Circulated
   Metal Content: 91.67% copper, 8.33% nickel
   Weight: 5.670 grams
   Diameter: 24.26mm (0.955 in)
   Edge: Reeded
   Issue Date: 26 January 2009
   Issue Price: $.25 for circulated version
   Mintage Limit: based on demand
   Face Value: $.25
   Obverse Designer: William Cousins
   Reverse Designer/Sculptor: Joel Iskowitz/Don Everhart

Featured District of Columbia Quarter Auctions




2009 S District of Columbia Quarter Gem Proof Deep Cameo 90 Silver
2009 S District of Columbia Quarter Gem Proof Deep Cameo 90 Silver
$5.95
Time Remaining: 45m
Buy It Now for only: $5.95
Buy It Now | Add to watch list
2009 S PCGS PR70DCAM District of Columbia Territory Quarter
2009 S PCGS PR70DCAM District of Columbia Territory Quarter
$22.99
Time Remaining: 48m
Buy It Now for only: $22.99
Buy It Now | Add to watch list
2009 P District of Columbia Quarter PCGS MS67
2009 P District of Columbia Quarter PCGS MS67
$21.99
Time Remaining: 49m

Bid now | Add to watch list

2009 P DISTRICT OF COLUMBIA QUARTER NGC SMS MS67
2009 P DISTRICT OF COLUMBIA QUARTER NGC SMS MS67
$22.98
Time Remaining: 1h 2m
Buy It Now for only: $22.98
Buy It Now | Add to watch list
2009 P 25C District of Columbia US Territories Quarter Uncirculated
2009 P 25C District of Columbia US Territories Quarter Uncirculated
$1.50
Time Remaining: 1h 5m
Buy It Now for only: $1.50
Buy It Now | Add to watch list
1 2009 D District Of Columbia Washington Quarter 24K GOLD PLATED + HOLOGRAM
1 2009 D District Of Columbia Washington Quarter 24K GOLD PLATED + HOLOGRAM
$2.83
Time Remaining: 3h 17m
Buy It Now for only: $2.83
Buy It Now | Add to watch list
2009 P Brilliant Uncirculated District Of Columbia Quarter Coin
2009 P Brilliant Uncirculated District Of Columbia Quarter Coin
$1.45
Time Remaining: 3h 24m
Buy It Now for only: $1.45
Buy It Now | Add to watch list
Silver 2009 S District Of Columbia Proof Quarter W 2x2 Case Flat Rate Shipping
Silver 2009 S District Of Columbia Proof Quarter W 2x2 Case Flat Rate Shipping
$5.65
Time Remaining: 3h 31m
Buy It Now for only: $5.65
Buy It Now | Add to watch list
2009 S District Of Columbia Proof Quarter With DIY Slab DCAM Flat Rate Shipping
2009 S District Of Columbia Proof Quarter With DIY Slab DCAM Flat Rate Shipping
$1.42
Time Remaining: 3h 37m
Buy It Now for only: $1.42
Buy It Now | Add to watch list
2009 S SILVER DISTRICT OF COLUMBIA QUARTER 25C NGC PF70 ULTRA CAMEO
2009 S SILVER DISTRICT OF COLUMBIA QUARTER 25C NGC PF70 ULTRA CAMEO
$34.99
Time Remaining: 3h 37m
Buy It Now for only: $34.99
Buy It Now | Add to watch list
2009 P District of Columbia US Territories DUKE ELLINGTON Quarter Error WDDR 018
2009 P District of Columbia US Territories DUKE ELLINGTON Quarter Error WDDR 018
$8.99
Time Remaining: 3h 42m
Buy It Now for only: $8.99
Buy It Now | Add to watch list
2009 P District of Columbia US Territories Washington Quarter Error WDDR 011
2009 P District of Columbia US Territories Washington Quarter Error WDDR 011
$4.99
Time Remaining: 4h
Buy It Now for only: $4.99
Buy It Now | Add to watch list

District of Columbia Quarter Resources

World Mint Coins | Coin Specifications, Resources and Coin Images