Marianas Quarter Debuts Dec. 10
By Numismatic News
The Northern Marianas’
time in the U.S. numismatic limelight will be
shorter than that for the other five issues in
the 2009 District of Columbia and U.S.
Territories Quarter Program.
Mathematically the six quarters should have an
average of two months as the current quarter
issue. However, Northern Marianas quarters were
released to the banking system Nov. 30, just one
month prior to year end.
The formal debut ceremony slated for Dec. 10 in
Saipan is just a scant three weeks prior to New
But by the time Deputy Mint Director Andy
Brunhart unveils the sixth design in a formal
ceremony, most collectors who want one will
already have purchased an example in mint sets,
proof sets, or roll sets.
More likely on the minds of collectors will be
final mintages. Totals have trended lower with
each 2009 issue, but the fifth issue, the U.S.
Virgin Islands, has a combined Philadelphia and
Denver mintage of 82 million, which might be
signaling that a floor has been reached because
it was only 200,000 fewer than the number
achieved by the American Samoa design. But this
number is less than half the mintage for the
first one in the sequence, the District of
That would mean the Northern Marianas issues
will be scarcer than the DC issues, but not
scarce enough to be considered rare.
To order rolls, visit the Web site at
www.usmint.gov. Sets of two rolls each are
$32.95 plus $4.95 shipping and handling. They
may be ordered by telephone at (800) USA-MINT.
Bags of 100 coins and 1,000 coins are also