Isle Says Bienvenidos To New Quarter
by U.S. Mint
United States Mint
Releases Second Coin in District of Columbia &
U.S. Territories Quarters Program Honoring the
Commonwealth of Puerto Rico
SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico - Cheers rang out today in
Old San Juan's La Arcada in Paseo La Princesa as
United States Mint Director Ed Moy and Governor
Luis Fortuño placed a mockup of the Puerto Rico
commemorative quarter on a giant map, signaling
the ceremonial launch of the United States
Mint's latest coin release.
"Puerto Rico's striking quarter design evokes
its tropical beauty, rich history and culture,"
Moy said. "With San Juan Bay as the background
of the coin, the hibiscus flower and 16th
century sentry box remind us that Puerto Rico
stands for ‘rich port.'"
Joining in the celebration of Puerto Rico's
quarter-dollar were Puerto Rico's first lady
Lucé Vela and Secretary of State Kenneth
McClintock who, along with Director Moy and
Governor Fortuño, handed out the shiny new coins
to children 18 years and younger. Adults
exchanged their currency for $10 rolls of the
new coin, which was released into circulation on
Puerto Rico officially became a United States
commonwealth on July 25, 1952. The quarter
struck in its honor is the second of six new
coins in the 2009 District of Columbia and U.S.
Territories Quarters Program, and the public can
expect to see quarters bearing a new design in
their change approximately every two months.
The Puerto Rico quarter reverse (tails side)
design features a sentry box in Old San Juan
overlooking the sea and a hibiscus. The design,
by United States Mint Sculptor-Engraver Joseph
Menna, includes the inscriptions Isla del
Encanto (Island of Enchantment), E PLURIBUS UNUM
On the eve of the launch ceremony, Director Moy
hosted a Coin Forum at the Universidad del Este
(UNE) - Carolina Campus, Library Atrium, where
the public had the chance to share their ideas
about future U.S. coin designs.
Collectors can purchase two-roll sets (40 coins
per roll), one roll each from the United States
Mint at Philadelphia and Denver, and 100- and
1,000-coin bags at the United States Mint's Web
site, http://www.usmint.gov or at 1-800-USA-MINT
(872-6468). The two-roll sets are $32.95, the
bags of 100 coins are $32.95, and the bags of
1,000 coins are $309.95.
Free United States Mint lesson plans about the
Puerto Rico quarter are available for download
A digital image of the Puerto Rico quarter is