AMERICAN SAMOA'S FALEOMAVAEGA SUPPORTS TERRITORIAL COINS

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PAGO PAGO, American Samoa (April 5, 1998 - Samoa News)---Congressman Eni Faleomavaega says he supports legislation introduced in the U.S. House of Representatives last week which would authorize the minting of special twenty-five cent coins commemorating American Samoa and the other U.S. territories.

The legislation, co-sponsored by Guam Congressman Robert Underwood ,would add American Samoa, the District of Columbia, Guam, the Northern Mariana Islands, Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands to the 50 State Commemorative Coin Program Act.

The bill proposes to extend by one year the ten-year program, allowing for the minting of a special "quarter" for each state, with the Pacific Ocean and Caribbean Sea territories added.

The coins would be official tender of the United States government, minted in the U.S. and placed in circulation throughout the nation and its territories.

"I recommend that American Samoa plan to hold a competition to select a design for the coin," Congressman Faleomavaega stated.

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