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Coin celebrates ‘history and cultural heritage’

SAIPAN, CNMI (Saipan Tribune, June 5 2009)—U.S. Mint Director Ed Moy joined Guam Gov. Felix Camacho and first lady Joann Camacho yesterday to celebrate the release of the Guam commemorative quarter-dollar coin in a ceremony at Skinner Plaza.

The Guam commemorative quarter-released to the Federal Reserve Bank on May 26-is the third coin in the U.S. Mint’s 2009 District of Columbia and U.S. Territories Quarters Program.

The coin’s reverse (tails side), by U.S. Mint sculptor-engraver Jim Licaretz, depicts the outline of the island, a flying proa (a seagoing craft built by the Chamorro people), a latte stone (an architectural element used as the base of homes) and the inscriptions GUAM and Guahan I Tanó ManChamorro (Guam - Land of the Chamorro). The U.S. Mint will produce approximately 90 million Guam quarters.

"Guam’s quarter is a lasting tribute to the history and rich cultural heritage of the Chamorro people," Moy said.

Following the ceremony, Camacho and Moy handed out new Guam quarters to those 18 years old and younger to commemorate the event. Adults exchanged their currency for $10 rolls of Guam quarters.

On the eve of the Guam quarter launch, Moy hosted a collector’s coin forum at the University of Guam’s School of Business and Public Administration in Mangilao, where he discussed U.S. Mint programs with the audience. Audience members shared their ideas about what they would like to see on American coinage in the future.

The U.S. Mint is offering the Guam quarter for sale in two-roll sets (40 coins per roll) containing one roll each from the U.S. Mints at Philadelphia and Denver, and in bags of 100 and 1,000 coins. To place an order, visit the U.S. Mint Web site at www.usmint.gov or call 1-800-USA-MINT (872-6468). The two-roll sets and the bags of 100 coins are $32.95 each, and the bags of 1,000 coins are $309.95.

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