2009 Quarter Designs for District of Columbia and US Territories
United States Mint today officially
released the design images for new
2009 quarters honoring the District
of Columbia and the five United States
With a goal to assist in the selection of
the most symbolic quarter design, dozens of
quarter finalists were voted on earlier
this year by residents in D.C., Guam, American
Samoa, U.S. Virgin Islands, the Commonwealth
of Puerto Rico and the Northern Mariana
"Like the 50 State Quarters® Program
before it, these new quarters will
encourage Americans to appreciate the
unique history of the District of Columbia
and the territories of the United States,"
said United States Mint Director Ed Moy.
"While we focus on each one’s
individuality, we also recognize the
common thread that unites us all."
The six new quarters will enter circulating
in approximately two-month intervals, with the
D.C. quarter up first for a scheduled launch
date of late January.
Each obverse ("heads" side) of the coin
will depict the current George Washington
image. The U.S. Mint statement announcing the
designs provides the following descriptions
for each quarter:
The coin’s reverse design features an image
of celebrated musician Edward Kennedy “Duke”
Ellington seated at a piano with the
inscriptions, DUKE ELLINGTON and JUSTICE FOR
ALL, the District’s official motto.
The District of Columbia quarter reverse
was designed by United States Mint Artistic
Infusion Program (AIP) Master Designer Joel
Iskowitz and sculpted by United States Mint
Sculptor-Engraver Don Everhart.
of Puerto Rico
The second quarter depicts a sentry box in
Old San Juan overlooking the sea with a
hibiscus, Puerto Rico’s official flower.
Isla del Encanto (Island of Enchantment) is
also inscribed on the reverse.
The Puerto Rico quarter reverse was
designed and sculpted by United States Mint
Sculptor-Engraver Joseph Menna.
The third quarter of 2009, honoring the
territory of Guam, includes an outline of the
island of Guam, a latte stone-once used as
building support in ancient Chamorro
society-and a flying proa (a native boat).
Guahan I Tanó ManChamorro (Guam, Land of
the Chamorro) is also inscribed on the coin’s
The Guam quarter reverse was designed by
United States Mint AIP Associate Designer
David Westwood and sculpted by United States
Mint Sculptor-Engraver Jim Licaretz.
The reverse design features the ava bowl,
whisk and staff used in special Samoan
SAMOA MUAMUA LE ATUA (Samoa, God is First),
the official motto of American Samoa, is
inscribed on the reverse.
The American Samoa quarter reverse was
designed by United States Mint AIP Master
Designer Stephen Clark and sculpted by United
States Mint Sculptor-Engraver Charles Vickers.
States Virgin Islands
The reverse design features the three major
islands that comprise the territory with a
Banana Quit (the official bird), a Yellow
Cedar (the official flower) and a Tyre Palm, a
tree native to the United States Virgin
United in Pride and Hope, the territory’s
official motto, is also inscribed on the
The United States Virgin Islands quarter
reverse was designed and sculpted by United
States Mint Sculptor-Engraver Joseph Menna.
of the Northern Mariana Island
The reverse design features a latte stone
on an island with a Carolinian canoe under
sail in the lagoon.
Two white Fairy Terns (native birds) are
depicted in flight together overhead with a
Carolinian Mwar (head lei) comprised of
plumeria, langilang (ylang ylang), angagha
(peacock flower) and teibwo (pacific basil),
framing the design.
The Northern Mariana Islands quarter
reverse was designed by United States Mint AIP
Master Designer Richard Masters and sculpted
by United States Mint Sculptor-Engraver Phebe
Designs for each quarter were submitted and
recommended through a process determined by
the Governors for the District of Columbia and
each United States territories. The U.S. Mint
reviewed the designs before each Governor
recommended a final design based mostly on a
resident voting with some using a committee
selection process. Both the
Citizens Coinage Advisory Committee and
Commission of Fine Arts were involved in
helping improve designs while the Department
of the Treasury approved each.
More information may be read though the US
The District of Columbia and
United States Territories Quarter Program.
The Mint’s announcement of the latest
quarter designs is perhaps a final reminder of
the conclusion of the 50 State Quarters®
Program, which kicked off in 1999 and lasted
ten years with more than 34 billion quarters
While not yet law, but expected to be
within days with President Bush’s signature, a
legislative bill authorizes a multi-year
series of National Park quarters for each
State, U.S. Territory and the District of
Columbia to begin in 2010.