Guam Quarter Design Begins
Public is Asked to Help
Guam has taken the first steps needed to begin the design phase
of their new commemorative quarter.
Governor Felix Camacho has appointed his executive assistant, Shawn Gumataotao,
as the Guam liaison to the U.S. Mint for the District of Columbia and United
States Territories Circulating Quarter Dollar Program.
Gumataotao will lead the local design program and seek ideas from the public for
the new Guam quarter that was authorized when President Bush signed the
Consolidated Appropriations Act of 2008.
The signed law contained provisions for six quarter-dollar coins in honor of the
District of Columbia and the five United States Territories. The new quarters
are to be issued in 2009 at equal intervals and in the following order:
The District of Columbia
The Commonwealth of Puerto Rico
The United States Virgin Islands
The Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands
Guam commemorative quarter design concepts and requirements
For Guam design concepts, Gumataotao was quoted as saying:
“What we’re looking for is the publics input the themes and the stories will be
reflective or emblematic of Guam - what is that exactly. That’s what the people
will determine, that’s we want them to decide.”
The Governor’s website summarizes several requirements for Guam’s commemorative
quarter. First, and foremost, the deadline for design concepts or themes must be
narrated and submitted by February 15, 2008. The following brief guidelines were
The narrative, or story, must explain why the concept is emblematic of Guam and
what the concept represents to the people of Guam. A narrative that merely
describes a particular design is not acceptable.
Because it is important that the Nation’s coinage and currency bear dignified
designs of which the citizens of the United States can be proud, federal law
mandates that the Secretary of the Treasury shall not select any frivolous or
inappropriate design for any quarter dollar minted under this program. Federal
law also states that no head and shoulders portrait or bust of any person,
living or dead, and no portrait of a living person may be included in the design
of any quarter dollar under the program.
More information can be found through the following sources (special attention
should be focused on the U.S. Mint’s informational page):
Shawn Gumataotao at 475-9303
Completed concepts or themes should be sent to:
Office of the Governor of Guam
Attn: Guam Quarter Dollar Program
PO BOX 2950
Hagatna, Guam 96932
They may also be e-mailed to firstname.lastname@example.org.