2009 Northern Mariana Islands Quarter

2009 Northern Mariana Islands Proof Quarter, Reverse - Click to Enlarge

2009 Northern Mariana Islands Proof Quarter, Reverse - Click to Enlarge

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

2009 Northern Mariana Islands Proof Quarter, Obverse - Click to Enlarge

2009 Northern Mariana Islands Proof Quarter, Obverse - Click to Enlarge

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

Mint Facility: Philadelphia, Denver & San Francisco
Face Value: $.25
Date: 2009
Condition: Circulated, Uncirculated & Proof
Composition: 91.67% Copper, 8.33% Nickel
Standard Weight: 5.670 g
Standard Diameter: 24.26 mm
Edge: Reeded
Authorizing Law: Public Law 110-161
Obverse Design: John Flanagan/William Cousins
Reverse Design: Richard Masters/Phebe Hemphill

Product Availability

Circulation Issue Date: November 30 , 2009
Release Price: $.25 for circulation quality
Mintage Limits: based on demand
Order Limits: Unlimited
Sales: See US Mint Sales Figures
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