Washington — The United States Mint announced today that quarter–dollar coins honoring Maine, the third coin in the 50 State Quarters Program to be released in 2003, will go on sale beginning June 2, 2003, at noon (E.D.T.), and will be available for purchase during the entire 10–week release period. The Maine quarters are available in two–roll sets (40 coins per roll), including one Philadelphia and Denver Mint mark coin roll each, and in bags of 100 and 1,000 coins separately from both Mint facilities. The Maine quarters are also available as part of the United States Mint’s popular Subscription Program.
Maine became the 23rd state to be admitted into the Union, as part of the Missouri Compromise, on March 15, 1820. The Maine quarter design incorporates a rendition of the Pemaquid Point Light atop a granite coast and of a schooner at sea. Pemaquid Point Light is located in New Harbor, and marks the entrance to Muscongus Bay and Johns Bay. The light is still a beacon for ships and remains one of Maine’s most popular tourist attractions. The schooner resembles “Victory Chimes,” the last three–masted schooner of the Windjammer Fleet.
Each coin roll in the two–roll set is wrapped in a specially designed United States Mint paper coin wrap that prominently displays the 50 State Quarters Program logo, a “P” or “D” representing the roll’s mint of origin, “ME” designating the State of Maine, and “$10” representing its dollar value. Each bag is marked with the mint of origin and the dollar value of its contents ($25 or $250). Two–roll sets will sell for $32.00, bags of 100 coins for $35.50, and bags of 1,000 coins for $300. These two–roll sets and bags, featuring quarters used in regular transactions and struck on our main production floors at the Philadelphia and Denver Mint facilities, will be shipped directly from the United States Mint to customers. There is no order limit on these products.
Customers can purchase the Maine quarters in two–roll sets and bags online through the United States Mint’s secure website at www.usmint.gov, or by calling toll–free 1–800–USA–MINT (872–6468) 8:00 a.m. to midnight (E.D.T.), seven days a week. Hearing– and speech–impaired customers may order by calling 1–888–321–MINT (6468) 8:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. (E.D.T.), Monday through Friday. As an added convenience, customers can participate in a subscription–ordering program in which specific products, such as uncirculated coin sets and bags, are charged and shipped to the customer automatically as each new state quarter is released. For more information about this ordering method, please visit www.usmint.gov. A shipping and handling fee of $3.95 per order will be added to all domestic orders.