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2009 commem 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 coin.

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 statequarters@coinworld.com.

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 not extended.

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 important.

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.

First Reports

April Osten of Indiana reported Sept. 11 that she found a 2008-P Alaska quarter dollar in her change.

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 change.

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 change.

Tony Klein of Washington reported Sept. 17 that he received two 2008-D Alaska quarter dollars in change.

Mike Verba of Ohio reported Sept. 17 that a bank was the source of his 2008-P Alaska quarter dollar.

Angela Anuszewski of Maryland reported Sept. 17 that she found a 2008-P Alaska quarter dollar in change.

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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