Guam Quarter

Guam Quarter Proof- click on image to enlarge
Guam Quarter Proof- click on image to enlarge

General Coin Information

The third installment in the US Mint's D.C. and U.S. Territories Quarters Program is the Guam Quarter available May 26, 2009.

Guam's original inhabitants, the Chamorros, are believed to have arrived from Indonesia around 4,000 years ago. Extremely capable seafaring people, they built boats called flying proas, still hailed as technological marvels today.

The Chamorros lived in relative isolation for thousands of years until the early 1500's, when explorer Ferdinand Magellan arrived. Contact was still at a minimum until the Mid 1600's, when Spain colonized the island and used it as a trade center. Spain retained control of Guam until they lost it to the United States during the Spanish-American War in 1898. The US also used the island to facilitate trade in the area.

In World War II, Armed forces from Japan invaded and took possession of Guam for two and a half years until their defeat, when the United States regained control.

Today, tourism is the main source of income on the island, mainly from Japan. The presence of the United States military also significantly affects the economy.

The other quarters available in 2009 as part of this series are the District of Columbia quarter , the Commonwealth of Puerto Rico quarter , the American Samoa quarter, the U.S. Virgin Islands quarter and the Northern Mariana Islands quarter. All will be minted 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

Jim Licaretz designed the reverse which incorporates an outline of the island of Guam. The custom built boat known as a flying proa is showcased along with a latte stone (an architectural structure built all over the island for millennia). The inscription Guahan I Tanó ManChamorro, meaning Guam - Land of the Chamorro, is also present.

Guam 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 May 2009
   Issue Price: $.25 for circulated version
   Mintage Limit: based on demand
   Face Value: $.25
   Obverse Designer: William Cousins
   Reverse Designer: Jim Licaretz

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