WASHINGTON — The United States Mint will accept orders for numismatic products containing the United States Virgin Islands commemorative quarter–dollar coin beginning noon Eastern Time (ET) September 28. The options, available for approximately 10 weeks, include a two–roll set containing 40 coins per roll and bags of 100 and 1,000 coins.
The two–roll set, priced at $32.95, includes one roll each of coins from the United States Mint facilities at Philadelphia and Denver wrapped in specially designed paper coin wrap. 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. The 100–coin bags, also priced at $32.95, and the 1,000–coin bags, priced at $309.95, are marked with the mint of origin and the dollar value of its contents ($25 or $250). Both the bags and the two–roll sets feature quarters used in regular circulation.
The United States Virgin Islands commemorative quarter–dollar coin is the fifth coin in the 2009 District of Columbia and U.S. Territories Quarters Program. The coin, scheduled to enter into circulation September 28, has an outline of the territory’s three major islands on its reverse (tails side). The design also features the Yellow Breast or Bananaquit, the territory’s official bird; the Yellow Cedar or Yellow Elder, the official flower; and a Tyre Palm Tree. Inscriptions on the coin include U.S. VIRGIN ISLANDS and United in Pride and Hope, the territory’s official motto.
To purchase the bags and two–roll sets of United States Virgin Island quarters, visit the United States Mint’s secure website, http://www.usmint.gov/catalog, or call 1–800–USA–MINT (872–6468). Customers who are hearing– and/or speech–impaired may call 1–888–321–MINT (6468) to place their orders. Domestic orders include a $4.95 fee per order for shipping and handling. Quarter bags of 1,000 coins will incur an additional charge of $7.95 per bag because of their weight and size.
The United States Mint, the nation’s sole manufacturer of legal tender coinage, was created by Congress in 1792. Its primary mission is to produce an adequate volume of circulating coinage for the nation to conduct its trade and commerce. The United States Mint also produces proof, uncirculated, and commemorative coins; Congressional Gold Medals; and silver, gold and platinum bullion coins.
Note: To ensure that all members of the public have fair and equal access to United States Mint products, orders placed prior to the official on–sale date and time of noon ET on September 28, 2009, shall not be deemed accepted by the United States Mint and will not be honored. For more information, please review the United States Mint’s Frequently Asked Questions, Answer ID #175.