2009 U.S. Virgin Islands Quarter

2009 U.S. Virgin Islands Proof Quarter, Reverse - Click to Enlarge

2009 U.S. Virgin Islands Proof Quarter, Reverse - Click to Enlarge

Released in September, the U.S. Virgin Islands Quarter is the fifth of six coins issued during the year honoring the District of Columbia and the five territories of the United States.

The islands came under the control of the United States in 1917, when the US purchased them from Denmark. The US wanted the islands to make sure they could not become submarine bases for Germany.

Aided (or in this case hurt by) the economy of the times, the U.S. Virgin Islands Quarter had an extremely low mintage. It even undersold the previous American Samoa quarters with a total mintage of only 82,000,000.

U.S. Virgin Islands Quarter Design

2009 U.S. Virgin Islands Proof Quarter, Obverse - Click to Enlarge

2009 U.S. Virgin Islands Proof Quarter, Obverse - Click to Enlarge

Obverse design: John Flanagan's portrait of George Washington (with some modifications by sculptor William Cousins) 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 an outline of the main three islands (St. Croix, St. Thomas and St. John) of the U.S. Virgin Islands. Also seen are images of a banana quit (bird), yellow cedar (or yellow elder) flower and a tyre palm tree. The inscriptions "U.S. VIRGIN ISLANDS," "E PLURIBUS UNIM," "2009" and "UNITED IN PRIDE AND HOPE" (the territory's official motto) 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: Joseph Menna

Product Availability

Circulation Issue Date: September 28, 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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Sold In: by itself, 2009 United States Mint Uncirculated Coin Set, United States Mint 2009 Silver Proof Set, 2009 U.S. Virgin Islands Official First Day Coin Cover, United States Mint 2009 District of Columbia & U.S. Territories Quarters Silver Proof Set, United States Mint 2009 District of Columbia & U.S. Territories Quarters Proof Set, United States Mint 2009 Proof Set, 2009 U.S. Virgin Islands Two-Roll Set, 2009 U.S. Virgin Islands 100-Coin Bag, 2009 U.S. Virgin Islands 1000-Coin Bag
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