The 2019 Youth Coin and Currency Set contains a tri-fold presentation folder with an outer sleeve. It is the third of three new youth-oriented products the United States Mint is offering in 2019 featuring the new Mighty Minters™ characters—Timothy, Lina, Alex, Eli, and Layla. These are fun, diverse, and relatable ambassadors to children, parents, and gift-givers. Each character projects its own style while introducing a variety of new Mint products to kids.
The coin folder contains five coins from the San Francisco Mint and a $2 Series 2009 note from one of the following Federal Reserve Banks—Cleveland, Atlanta, or Chicago. The design on the reverse of the $2 note depicts the “Signing of the Declaration of Independence” based on John Trumbull’s painting. Aesthetic considerations required that six figures appearing on the extreme left and right borders of the original artwork be dropped for the rendition in the $2 note. The note featuring the Declaration of Independence was printed in 1976 to celebrate the bicentennial of independence. This Series 2009 $2 note reflects the signatures of the former Secretary of the Treasury and the former Treasurer of the United States.
This set features all five 2019 America the Beautiful Quarters with proof finishes. United States Mint proof coins feature sharp relief and a mirror-like background. Their sculpted, frosted foregrounds give them a special cameo effect. Proof blanks are specially treated, polished, and cleaned to ensure high-quality strikes. The blanks are then fed into presses fitted with specially polished dies and struck at least twice to ensure sharp relief.
Each coin in this series features a common obverse (heads) with the 1932 portrait of George Washington by John Flanagan, restored to bring out subtle details and the beauty of the original model. Inscriptions are “UNITED STATES OF AMERICA,” “LIBERTY,” “IN GOD WE TRUST,” and “QUARTER DOLLAR.”
The 2019 reverse (tails) of these coins honor these sites with unique designs:
Lowell National Historical Park in Massachusetts
The design depicts a mill girl working at a power loom with its prominent circular bobbin battery. A view of Lowell, including the Boott Mill clock tower, is seen through the window. Inscriptions are "LOWELL," "MASSACHUSETTS," "2019," and "E PLURIBUS UNUM."
American Memorial Park in the Northern Mariana Islands
The design depicts a young woman in traditional dress at the front of the Flag Circle and Court of Honor. She is resting her hand on the plaque whose text honors the sacrifice of those who died in the Marianas Campaign of World War II. Inscriptions are "AMERICAN MEMORIAL PARK," "N. MARIANA ISLANDS,” “2019,” and “E PLURIBUS UNUM.”
War in the Pacific National Historical Park in Guam
The design portrays American forces coming ashore at Asan Bay, strengthening the number of troops on the island in the fight for Guam and its eventual liberation. Inscriptions are "WAR IN THE PACIFIC," "GUAM," "2019," and "E PLURIBUS UNUM."
San Antonio Missions National Historical Park in Texas
This design depicts elements of the Spanish Colonial Real coin to pay tribute to the missions. Within the quadrants are symbols of the missions: wheat symbolizes farming; the arches and bell symbolize community; a lion represents Spanish cultural heritage; and a symbol of the San Antonio River represents irrigation methods and life-sustaining resources. Inscriptions are "SAN ANTONIO MISSIONS," "TEXAS," "2019," and "E PLURIBUS UNUM."
Frank Church River of No Return Wilderness in Idaho
This design depicts a piloted drift boat on the rushing river encompassed by the trees and rock formations of the wilderness. Inscriptions are "RIVER OF NO RETURN," "WILDERNESS,” “IDAHO," "2019," and "E PLURIBUS UNUM."