American Samoa quarters are the fourth of six coins to be issued in the 2009 District of Columbia and U.S. Territories Quarters Program, and they are notably the most scarce quarter-dollar in years.
Despite that, they are not the most sought after by collectors. They rank #3 in 2009 sales after Guam and Puerto Rico quarters.
If the United States Mint follows its own precedent, it will stop selling rolls and bags of the American Samoa quarters on Monday morning with the launch of the next commemorative in the series (the US Virgin Islands quarter). Is now the time to buy? Reviewing 2009 quarter mintages and recent sales figures may help answer that question.
2009 American Samoa Quarters enjoy the distinction of having the lowest mintages of any quarter for many, many years, new US Mint production figures released Monday reveal. Coin collectors will revel in the news, making the territories' quarter products ever more desirable.
2009 Quarter Mintage Figures
District of Columbia
U.S. Virgin Islands
Northern Mariana Islands
2009 Total Quarter Production: 481,400,000
Surprisingly, the figures are not as low as perhaps expected. They nearly mirror the extremely low Guam levels. 82,200,000 American Samoa quarters were produced, with 42.6 million of those struck in Philadelphia and 39.6 million at Denver.
That accounts for nearly 94 percent of the Guam production. But for the starkest contrast, it represents just 47.7 percent of the mintage totals for the District of Columbia quarter. And comparing the total against any single state quarter is laughable.
The United States Mint will offer the 2009 DC & US Territories Quarters Silver Proof Mint Set at noon ET on Monday, March 23. The six-coin set has a price tag of $29.95, plus shipping and handling.
Traditional annual coin sets are always very popular with collectors, but unlike the standard 2009 Quarters Proof Set, which launched on Jan. 5 and is priced at $14.95, the six quarter-dollars in the silver set are struck in 90 percent silver.
The set includes the honoring coin reverse designs:
The United States Mint will begin selling 2009 District of Columbia and U.S. Territories Quarters Proof Sets for $14.95 each on Monday, January 5, at noon (ET).
The set includes the six proof 2009 quarters with reverse designs honoring the District of Columbia (D.C.), the Commonwealth of Puerto Rico, Guam, American Samoa, the U.S. Virgin Islands and the Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands.
Demand for this annual set is typically strong. According to the latest sales figures, the US Mint sold 672,004 of the 2008-dated version. Current eBay auctions have prices listed that are nearly double that of what the Mint charged.
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