2009 Northern Mariana Islands Quarter
The 2009 Northern Mariana Islands Quarter is the last of six new coins issued in 2009 to honor the District of Columbia and the five territories of the United States. With a release date of November 2009, the coin features the island's wealth of natural resources on its reverse, showing representatives of the land, sea and air.
Control of the Mariana Islands has been with several major powers over the last couple of centuries. Most recently, Japan maintained military bases there during World War II until United States forces took control.
Relations with the United States was solidified in the 1970's when the country became the Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands, forging a political union with the U.S.
Northern Mariana Islands Quarter Design
Obverse design: William Cousin's version of John Flanagan's portrait of George Washington is featured on the obverse. Also seen are the inscriptions "UNITED STATES OF AMERICA," "QUARTER DOLLAR," "LIBERTY", "IN GOD WE TRUST" and the mintmark.
Reverse design: The reverse shows a limestone latte, a canoe and two white fairy tern birds, which all signify the Mariana Islands wealth in natural resources of land, sea and air. The inscriptions "NORTHERN MARIANA ISLANDS," "E PLURIBUS UNIM" and "2009" are on the reverse as well.
Coin Specifications & Information
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