American Samoa Quarter Designs
Three American Samoa
commemorative quarter finalist designs have been
prepared by the United States Mint and will now
receive their final reviews in Washington DC
from the Commission of Fine Arts (CFA) and,
today, by the Citizens Coinage Advisory
With the conclusion of the successful 50 State
Quarters® Program in 2008, the quarter design
“baton” has changed hands from the states and
moved to honor the District of Columbia and U.S.
Territories with their six new quarters in 2009.
After seeing the three design renderings,
American Samoa Governor Togiola Tulafono
“We have received the three beautiful candidate
designs and the artists at the U.S. Mint have
done an excellent job in creating these designs
through the narratives and artwork that we
received from local submissions in February…"
"…I am very happy that we have received the
three designs and I am sure that all our
wonderful school children, their teachers and
parents, local artists and aspiring artists and
concerned individuals are speculating about what
the final design selection would look like and
what best represents the spirit of American
At the conclusion of additional reviews and
suggested design changes, if any, Governor
Togiola’s office will recommend a single quarter
design which best reflects the people and
territory of American Samoa. The final design
will be selected by June.
Initial quarter design narratives and
Initial designs ideas were happily received from
the American Samoa people in February.
"I am deeply happy and honored to have received
the 55 submissions from our people in such a
short amount of time.
I wish to thank and congratulate all the
students, teachers, government employees and
private individuals who made wonderful
Thank you for using the opportunity to
participate in the process," Lieutenant Governor
Ipulasi commented at the time.
Design narratives created from submissions were
sent to the U.S. Mint by the Office of the
Governor. From those narratives, the Mint
created the three finalist designs.
Three Samoa artist renderings of quarter
The key-codes match the image descriptions.
A man with traditional Samoan tattoo (soga’imiti)
stands tall, holding a dried coconut cup, which
is used during the ava ceremony, symbolizing the
importance of servitude in Samoan culture.
Coconut leaves (fronds), leaves of a breadfruit
tree (with two breadfruits) and taro leaves
signifying the three staples of Samoa.
Symbols of Samoan life: Fale (guest house);
Tuiga (ceremonial headdress); Tanoa (ava [kava]
bowl); Fue (orator’s fly whisk); To’oto’o
(orator’s staff). The inscription “Samoa Muamua
Le Atua” (the Territory’s motto which means,
“Samoa, Let God Be First”).
The tanoa (ava [kava] bowl) is used to make
Samoa’s special ceremonial drink for chiefs and
guests; The fue (fly whisk) symbolizes wisdom of
the orator, while the to’oto’o (staff) signifies
authority. The inscription “Samoa Muamua Le Atua”
(the Territory’s motto which means, “Samoa, Let
God Be First”).
New U.S. quarters for release in 2009
The D.C. and U.S. Territories quarters are to be
issued in 2009 at equal intervals and in the
The District of Columbia
The Commonwealth of Puerto Rico
The United States Virgin Islands
The Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands
Final design candidates will soon be selected
for each quarter.