District of Columbia First Day Cover
by U.S. Mint
States Mint will begin accepting orders for the
District of Columbia Official First Day Coin
Cover on April 14, 2009, at noon Eastern Time
(ET). Production is limited to 25,000 units.
Priced at $14.95 each, the District of Columbia
Official First Day Coin Cover features two
District of Columbia commemorative
quarter-dollar coins, one each bearing the mint
mark from the United States Mint facilities at
Philadelphia and Denver. The quarters are
mounted on a handsome display card with a
cancelled 42-cent 24/7 Flags postage stamp. The
postmark, JANUARY 26, 2009, WASHINGTON D.C.,
marks the day the District of Columbia quarters
were first released to the Federal Reserve Bank
and to the public.
The District of Columbia was created in 1790 and
became the Nation's capital on December 1, 1800.
Originally part of Maryland and Virginia, the
site was chosen personally by President George
Washington to fulfill the need for a new Federal
The reverse (tails side) of the commemorative
District of Columbia quarter features an image
of internationally renowned composer and
musician Duke Ellington seated at a grand piano.
Inscriptions on the reverse are DISTRICT OF
COLUMBIA, DUKE ELLINGTON and JUSTICE FOR ALL,
the District of Columbia's motto. The District
of Columbia quarter reverse was designed by
United States Mint Artistic Infusion Program
Master Designer Joel Iskowitz and sculpted by
Sculptor-Engraver Don Everhart.
Orders for the District of Columbia Official
First Day Coin Cover will be accepted at
www.usmint.gov or at 1-800-USA-MINT (872-6468).
Hearing- and speech-impaired customers may place
their orders at 1-888-321-MINT (6468). A
shipping and handling fee of $4.95 will be added
to all domestic orders.
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 April 14,
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