program not part of State quarters
By Michele Orzano
Even if you've
never had the opportunity to attend a ceremony
in person you've been able to read about the
events in the pages of Coin World.
Readers will get another opportunity to read
about the excitement when Hawaii hosts its own
launch ceremony Nov. 10 to introduce its 2008
Are any of our readers planning on attending the
ceremony? We'd love to hear your take on what
you heard and saw during the very last State
quarter dollar launch ceremony. You can send
your observations to us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Just to be clear, Hawaii's coin is the last
State quarter dollar design scheduled to enter
circulation. Despite what we continue to read in
the general circulation newspapers and other
publications, the 50 State Quarter program was
In 2009, the United States Mint will embark on
the District of Columbia and United States
Territories Quarters Program. At this writing
none of those entities are states, thus there
will no “State quarter dollars” issued for those
six geographic areas.
The new program will supply collectors with six
quarter dollars bearing commemorative designs on
the reverses of the coins.
In addition to the District of Columbia, designs
will honor Puerto Rico, Guam, American Samoa,
the U.S. Virgin Islands and the Commonwealth of
the Northern Mariana Islands.
Though it seems like a small distinction to
make, collectors understand that getting the
facts right about U.S. coin programs is
So by all means share your love of State quarter
dollars with friends, co-workers and family, but
also be sure they get the facts right about
future circulating commemorative coin programs.
April Osten of Indiana reported Sept. 11 that
she found a 2008-P Alaska quarter dollar in her
Lawrence Heller of New York reported Sept. 12
that he received a 2008-P Alaska quarter dollar
in change at a pizzeria.
Jim Krupar of New Mexico reported Sept. 15 that
a credit union was his source for a 2008-D
Alaska quarter dollar.
Lavina Bates of Illinois reported Sept. 15 that
she received a 2008-D Alaska quarter dollar in
Tony Pasek of Virginia reported Sept. 15 that he
was able to get a roll of 2008-P Alaska quarter
dollars at a bank.
Brian Floutz of Michigan reported Sept. 16 that
he found a 2008-P Alaska quarter dollar in
Tony Klein of Washington reported Sept. 17 that
he received two 2008-D Alaska quarter dollars in
Mike Verba of Ohio reported Sept. 17 that a bank
was the source of his 2008-P Alaska quarter
Angela Anuszewski of Maryland reported Sept. 17
that she found a 2008-P Alaska quarter dollar in
Mark Hosea of Texas reported Sept. 17 that he
was able to get a roll of 2008-D Alaska quarter
dollars from his bank.
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