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2009 Northern Mariana Islands Quarter Two-Roll Set (R68)

Price: $32.95

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The Northern Mariana Islands quarter-dollar is the sixth and final coin released in the 2009 District of Columbia and U.S. Territories Quarters Program. Each two-roll set consists of 80 quarters: one roll of 40 coins with the “P” mint mark for Philadelphia and one roll of 40 coins with the “D” mint mark for Denver.

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A possession of Spain until 1898, the islands were sold to Germany in 1899. The islands were seized in 1914 by Japan, whose control was officially recognized in 1921 by the League of Nations. American forces occupied the Marianas during World War II, and in 1947 the group was included in the U.S. Trust Territory of the Pacific Islands. Residents approved separate status for the Northern Marianas as a U.S. commonwealth in 1975, and the covenant to establish the Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands was signed by President Gerald Ford the next year.

The Northern Mariana Islands quarter reverse design represents the wealth of the islands in their natural resources of land, air and sea. Near the shore stands a large limestone latte, the supporting column of ancient indigenous Chamorro structures. A canoe of the indigenous Carolinians represents the people’s seafaring skills across vast distances. Two white fairy tern birds fly in characteristic synchrony overhead. A Carolinian mwar (head lei) composed of plumeria, langilang (Ylang Ylang), angagha (peacock flower) and teibwo (Pacific Basil) borders the bottom of the design near the inscription NORTHERN MARIANA ISLANDS. The mwar is symbolic of the virtues of honor and respect. The obverse continues to feature the familiar image of President George Washington.

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The United States Mint will accept and fulfill orders beginning November 30, 2009, at 12:00 noon (ET). American Samoa quarter bags and rolls will be available for approximately 10 weeks after this date. To ensure that all members of the public have fair and equal access to United States Mint Products, any order placed prior to the official on-sale date and time shall not be deemed accepted by the United States Mint and will not be honored.

If paying by credit card, please be sure your credit card information remains current to avoid any delays in processing your order. If your credit card has expired by the time of shipment, your order will be cancelled. To update credit card information after an order has been placed, you must call 1-800-USA-MINT (872-6468).

Please allow approximately 1-2 weeks for processing and shipping of in-stock products.

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