Washington, D.C. – In celebration of National Coin Week (April 18–24), the U.S. Mint today announced it will offer a new product available exclusively through its online catalog at www.usmint.gov beginning April 22: a limited edition of 200,000 Commemorative Coin Covers, featuring two Delaware quarters from the first day of mintage – December 7, 1998 – the same date in 1787 that Delaware became the first state to join the union.
The theme of the 76th national Coin Week (April 18–24) for 1999 is “Treasures in Change,” which focuses on the 50 State Quarters Program.
“We’ve created a unique product to commemorate the first coins issued under the 50 State Quarters(tm)Program and to invite customers to experience the convenience of secure ordering on our website” said Mint Director Philip N. Diehl. “With the Delaware Commemorative Coin Cover, we are making a special effort to expand the hobby to a new generation of coin collectors. This is the first time this century that first–day production circulating coins have been offered by the U.S. Mint. The Internet is a great way to reach these new collectors with exciting new products.”
Priced at $19.95, this official Delaware Commemorative Coin Cover includes quarters from both the Philadelphia and Denver Mints on a handsome display card with the 32–cent Flag–Over–Porch postage stamp postmarked “January 4, 1999, Dover Delaware” – the day the Delaware quarter dollars were first released to the Federal Reserve Bank and the public – certifying this limited edition and honoring America’s “First State.” Due to the extraordinarily high demand expected, the Mint is limiting orders for the Commemorative Coin Cover to one per household.
Order forms will be posted on the Mint’s online catalogue at www.usmint.gov on April 11, and may be mailed with the customer’s credit card number, check or money order to: Customer Care Center, United States Mint, 10003 Derekwood Lane, Lanham, MD 20706–2255. Mail orders postmarked before April 22 will not be accepted. Overnight mail is recommended because a quick sell out is expected. For those unable to reach th Mint’s website at home, Internet access is widely available at many public libraries and offices. No telephone or fax orders will be accepted.
The Delaware quarter is the first coin of the 50 State Quarters Program which will honor each of the 50 states in the order they entered the union.
Five State designs will be issued each year through 2008 at approximately 10–week intervals @www.usmint.gov.