2009 Guam Quarters in coin bags and two-roll sets will be available on Tuesday, May 26, the US Mint said in a press statement Wednesday.
The public can purchase the new quarter-dollars directly from the Mint’s online store. The two-roll set includes 40 commemorative quarters minted in Philadelphia with the "P" mintmark and 40 coins from Denver with the "D" mintmark. The price tag is $32.95.
The Guam quarters are also packaged in 100-coin bags for $32.95 and 1,000-coin bags for $309.95.
The Mint’s production of 2009 quarters has plummeted during the recession as the public has been feeding loose change back into the banking system, instead of the other way around. As a result, finding 2009 coins in circulation is quite challenging, making US Mint rolls and coin bags all the more popular with collectors.
Designed by Jim Licaretz, the reverse of the latest commemorative coin depicts the outline of Guam island. Additionally, a custom built boat known as a flying proa is showcased along with a latte stone (an architectural element used as the base of homes). Inscriptions include "GUAM," "E PLURGIBUS UNUM," the year "2009" and "Guahan I Tanó ManChamorro," which means "Guam – Land of the Chamorro,"
At noon Eastern Time on May 26, orders may be placed by visiting http://usmint.gov, or by calling the Mint’s toll-free number 1-800-USA-MINT (872-321-MINT (6468).
The Guam quarter is the third of six coins to be released in the 2009 District of Columbia and U.S. Territories Quarters Program.
DC quarters were launched in late January while Puerto Rico quarters were issued in late March. Following the Guam release, American Samoa, the U.S. Virgin Islands and the Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands quarters will follow in equal intervals, approximately every two months.