Virgin Island Coin Design
announcement is in… V.I. Beauty wins the
commemorative quarter design contest. It’s been
selected by residents and Governor. John P.
deJongh, Jr. to represent the Virgin Islands.
Public voting for three designs ended Friday,
June 13. “V.I. Beauty” received 6,882 votes. The
“First in Freedom” and “Three Queens” designs
garnered 4,553 and 1,887 votes respectively.
The quarter designs and original narrative
descriptions for each, as provided to the United
States Mint to create artist
renderings/drawings, were provided to Virgin
Islands residents by Governor deJongh for public
voting on May 29. The “V.I. Beauty” quarter
design won handily with 52 percent of the vote.
“I am proud to forward a recommendation to The
United States Mint for the Virgin Islands
Commemorative Quarter design. After a three
week-long voting period, Virgin Islanders have
collectively selected an overall favorite
design, and I thank the community for its
participation in this truly historic process,”
By law, the final quarter design selection rests
in the hands of U.S. Secretary of Treasury,
Henry Paulson. However, it is extremely unlikely
Paulson would overrule the will of V.I.
residents and their governor.
Overview of Virgin Island Beauty design
The "V.I. Beauty" quarter designs is a
geographical rendition of the Virgin Islands,
which includes the 3 major islands, and the
official bird of the Virgin Islands.
The bird, the Yellow Breast or Banana Quit (Coreba
Flaveola), and the official flower of the Virgin
Islands, the Yellow Cedar or Yellow Elder
(Tacoma Stans), represent the natural wonder and
beauty of our islands.
These are placed on the background of a beach
with the Tyre Palm (coccothrinax alta) native to
the Virgin Islands.
The inscription “United in Pride and Hope,” the
Official Motto of the Territory found on the
Virgin Islands Territorial Seal, is placed to