Although the 50 state quarters program ended in 2008, the United States is not quite done honoring the geographical regions of our nation.
In 2009, the U.S. Mint will issue 6 more commemorative quarters as part of the DC and Territories Program.
Here’s what each of the Territorial quarters will look like, listed in the order that each will be released according to the U.S. Mint: (click for details about each)
2009 Territorial State Quarters
The push to commemorate the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico, and the United States territories was arduous.
It literally took years, but the bill calling for the minting of quarters honoring the District of Columbia and the United States territories finally passed both the House and Senate and was signed by President George W. Bush on December 26, 2007.
Likewise, the design and selection of the Territorial quarters also took some time.
50 State Quarters vs Territorial Quarters
The 6 quarters to be issued in 2009 are NOT part of the 50 States Quarters Program.
The 2009 quarters will be part of a separate program called The District of Columbia and United States Territories Quarters Program.
Quite a mouthful, huh? No doubt, coin collectors and coin dealers will quickly be referring to these as the "D.C. and Territory Quarters."
At any rate, while the 6 quarters will retain the same basic format as the 50 state quarters issues, there is officially no connection between the 2 programs.
2009 Territorial Quarter Values
Values for the 2009 quarters have yet to be determined (based on market demand, for example).
- It is very likely that, with hundreds of millions of these coins planned for production, there will be minimal premium over face value for uncirculated specimens.
- Worn specimens will be worth only 25 cents.
- Proof examples will probably mirror prices for most of the 50 State Quarters proof coins, which is roughly $4 to $6 per coin in copper-nickel, and about $7 to $9 each for silver proofs.
Of course, these prices are based on speculation. If the U.S. Mint limits production of proofs to a small number, values and relative demand will be much higher than suggested here.
If any significant errors come from the 2009 District of Columbia and Territorial Quarters, then those errors may be worth a large sum of money. However, only time will tell if any headlining, valuable errors come from the 2009 quarters.
When Will The 2009 Quarters Be Released?
Current plans have the 6 quarters being released one at a time over the course of 2009. That would mean there will be a new quarter issued once every 8-9 weeks.
The District of Columbia quarter will be the first released, with Puerto Rico being honored on the second quarter, Guam third, American Samoa will be fourth, the U.S. Virgin Islands will be the fifth quarter, and the last will be the Northern Mariana Islands.
It may take several weeks to a few months for a new design to reach all areas of the country, based on circulation patterns and bank distribution. Coin dealers will be quick to offer uncirculated versions of the new quarters, and the U.S. Mint will begin accepting orders on the new quarters shortly after production begins.
If history is any indication, the U.S. Mint will likely offer mint sets and proof sets to the collector by the end of summer 2009.