The United States Mint began selling U.S. Virgin Islands quarter bags and rolls on Monday, Sept. 28, at noon ET. On the same day, the quarter-dollars officially entered circulation.
The US Mint’s two-roll set offering includes 40 commemorative coins with the "P" mint mark for Philadelphia and a roll of 40 coins with the "D" mint mark for Denver. The set price is $32.95.
Each is wrapped in specially designed paper coin wrap," the Mint states. "The packaging is marked with a "P" or "D" representing the mint of origin, "$10" representing its dollar value and "VI," the United States Postal Code for the United States Virgin Islands."
Also available are 100-coin and 1,000-coin bags from each US Mint facility for $32.95 and $309.95, respectively.
The US Virgin Islands are located in the Caribbean and contain the main islands of Saint Croix, Saint John and Saint Thomas. The area was purchased from Denmark during World War I for $25 million.
The US Virgin Islands Quarter design, sculpted by Joseph Menna, features a Tyre Palm Tree, Bananaquit bird, and Yellow Elder flowers all in front of an outline of the three islands and the territory’s motto "United in Pride and Hope."
The coins are the fifth in a series of six from the 2009 DC and US Territories Quarters Program, which honors the District of Columbia and five U.S. territories: the Commonwealth of Puerto Rico, Guam, American Samoa, the U.S. Virgin Islands and the Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands.
The quarter products may be ordered by visiting http://usmint.gov, or by calling the Mint’s toll-free number 1-800-USA-MINT (872-321-MINT (6468).
Production figures for US Virgin Islands are not yet available. The prior American Samoa quarter-dollars are the scarcest design, with the lowest mintages in years. 42.6 million were struck in Philadelphia and 39.6 million in Denver. Bags and rolls of these coins went on sale July 27,2009, and were taken off sale Monday morning prior to the new quarter release.