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2009 Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands Quarter

CoinTrapTM Commentary: The Northern Mariana Islands comprises fifteen islands about 3/4 of the way between Hawaii and the Philippines in the Pacific Ocean, and is a commonwealth in political union with the United States.  The commemorative quarter represents the wealth of the islands including its natural resources of land, air, and sea. Near the shore stands a large limestone latte, which is the supporting column of ancient indigenous Chamorro structures.  In the distance, a canoe of the indigenous Carolinians represents the people's seafaring skills.  Two white fairy tern birds fly in characteristic synchronicity. The inscription NORTHERN MARIANA ISLANDS graces the bottom of the quarter near where a Carolinian mwar (head lei) composed of plumeria, langilang (Ylang Ylang), angagha (peacock flower) and teibwo (Pacific Basil) borders the bottom of the design.

Coin Value: What is the value of your Northern Mariana Islands Quarter? Well, like usual, these things depend. The Northern Mariana Islands Quarter worth or value depends on these main factors: (1) your coin’s grade, (2) whether it is a proof coin (Deep Cameo or DCAM) having a mirror-like polished finish, (3) scarcity/demand, and (4) whether it is the silver version.  Regarding your coin’s grade, it has become a standard in the field of numismatics (coin collecting) to grade coins on a point-scale from 1 (poor) to 70 (perfect). This is also referred to as the “Mint State” or just “MS” for short. Click here to find the up-to-date estimated value of your 2009 Northern Mariana Islands coin from the Professional Coin Grading Service (PCGS®), which takes all four factors mentioned above into account*. If you do not know the grade of your Northern Mariana Islands Quarter, you can take it to your local coin dealer and ask that they have it graded at one of the three major coin grading services.

2009 Northern Mariana Islands Quarter

2009 Northern Mariana Islands - Reverse

2009 Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands Quarter

Sculptor: Phebe Hemphill

Original Obverse: John Flanagan
Modification to Obverse: William Cousins

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      [[Page 111 STAT. 2534]]

      Public Law 105-124
      105th Congress

                                       An Act

         To provide for a 10-year circulating commemorative coin program to
      commemorate each of the 50 States, and for other purposes. <<NOTE: Dec.
                               1, 1997 - [S. 1228]>>

         Be it enacted by the Senate and House of Representatives of the
      United States of America in Congress assembled, <<NOTE: 50 States
      Commemorative Coin Program Act. 31 USC 5101 note.>>


         This Act may be cited as the ``50 States Commemorative Coin Program

      SEC. 2. FINDINGS. <<NOTE: 31 USC 5112 note.>>

         The Congress finds that--
                 (1) it is appropriate and timely--
                         (A) to honor the unique Federal republic of 50
                     States that comprise the United States; and
                         (B) to promote the diffusion of knowledge among the
                     youth of the United States about the individual States,
                     their history and geography, and the rich diversity of
                     the national heritage;
                 (2) the circulating coinage of the United States has not
             been modernized during the 25-year period preceding the date of
             enactment of this Act;
                 (3) a circulating commemorative 25-cent coin program could
             produce earnings of $110,000,000 from the sale of silver proof
             coins and sets over the 10-year period of issuance, and would
             produce indirect earnings of an estimated $2,600,000,000 to
             $5,100,000,000 to the United States Treasury, money that will
             replace borrowing to fund the national debt to at least that
             extent; and
                 (4) it is appropriate to launch a commemorative circulating
             coin program that encourages young people and their families to
             collect memorable tokens of all of the States for the face value
             of the coins.
                         COMMEMORATING EACH OF THE 50 STATES.

         Section 5112 of title 31, United States Code, is amended by
      inserting after subsection (k) the following new subsection:
         ``(l) Redesign and Issuance of Quarter Dollar in Commemoration of
      Each of the 50 States.--
                 ``(1) Redesign beginning in 1999.--
                         ``(A) In general.--Notwithstanding the fourth
                     sentence of subsection (d)(1) and subsection (d)(2),
                     quarter dollar coins issued during the 10-year period
                     beginning in 1999, shall have designs on the reverse
                     side selected

      [[Page 111 STAT. 2535]]

                     in accordance with this subsection which are emblematic
                     of the 50 States.
                         ``(B) Transition provision.--Notwithstanding subpar-
                     agraph (A), the Secretary may continue to mint and issue
                     quarter dollars in 1999 which bear the design in effect
                     before the redesign required under this subsection and
                     an inscription of the year `1998' as required to ensure
                     a smooth transition into the 10-year program under this
                 ``(2) Single state designs.--The design on the reverse side
             of each quarter dollar issued during the 10-year period referred
             to in paragraph (1) shall be emblematic of 1 of the 50 States.
                 ``(3) Issuance of coins commemorating 5 states during each
             of the 10 years.--
                         ``(A) In general.--The designs for the quarter
                     dollar coins issued during each year of the 10-year
                     period referred to in paragraph (1) shall be emblematic
                     of 5 States selected in the order in which such States
                     ratified the Constitution of the United States or were
                     admitted into the Union, as the case may be.
                         ``(B) Number of each of 5 coin designs in each
                     year.--Of the quarter dollar coins issued during each
                     year of the 10-year period referred to in paragraph (1),
                     the Secretary of the Treasury shall prescribe, on the
                     basis of such factors as the Secretary determines to be
                     appropriate, the number of quarter dollars which shall
                     be issued with each of the 5 designs selected for such
                 ``(4) Selection of design.--
                         ``(A) In general.--Each of the 50 designs required
                     under this subsection for quarter dollars shall be--
                               ``(i) selected by the Secretary after
                           consultation with--
                                         ``(I) the Governor of the State
                                     being commemorated, or such other State
                                     officials or group as the State may
                                     designate for such purpose; and
                                         ``(II) the Commission of Fine Arts;
                               ``(ii) reviewed by the Citizens Commemorative
                           Coin Advisory Committee.
                         ``(B) Selection and approval process.--Designs for
                     quarter dollars may be submitted in accordance with the
                     design selection and approval process developed by the
                     Secretary in the sole discretion of the Secretary.
                         ``(C) Participation.--The Secretary may include
                     participation by State officials, artists from the
                     States, engravers of the United States Mint, and members
                     of the general public.
                         ``(D) Standards.--Because it is important that the
                     Nation's coinage and currency bear dignified designs of
                     which the citizens of the United States can be proud,
                     the Secretary shall not select any frivolous or
                     inappropriate design for any quarter dollar minted under
                     this subsection.
                         ``(E) Prohibition on certain representations.--No
                     head and shoulders portrait or bust of any person,
                     living or dead, and no portrait of a living person may
                     be included in the design of any quarter dollar under
                     this subsection.

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                 ``(5) Treatment as numismatic items.--For purposes of
             sections 5134 and 5136, all coins minted under this subsection
             shall be considered to be numismatic items.
                 ``(6) Issuance.--
                         ``(A) Quality of coins.--The Secretary may mint and
                     issue such number of quarter dollars of each design
                     selected under paragraph (4) in uncirculated and proof
                     qualities as the Secretary determines to be appropriate.
                         ``(B) Silver coins.--Notwithstanding subsection (b),
                     the Secretary may mint and issue such number of quarter
                     dollars of each design selected under paragraph (4) as
                     the Secretary determines to be appropriate, with a
                     content of 90 percent silver and 10 percent copper.
                         ``(C) Sources of bullion.--The Secretary shall
                     obtain silver for minting coins under subparagraph (B)
                     from available resources, including stockpiles
                     established under the Strategic and Critical Materials
                     Stock Piling Act.
                 ``(7) Application in event of the admission of additional
             states.--If any additional State is admitted into the Union
             before the end of the 10-year period referred to in paragraph
             (1), the Secretary of the Treasury may issue quarter dollar
             coins, in accordance with this subsection, with a design which
             is emblematic of such State during any 1 year of such 10-year
             period, in addition to the quarter dollar coins issued during
             such year in accordance with paragraph (3)(A).''.

      . . .
         Approved December 1, 1997.


      SENATE REPORTS: No. 105-130 (Comm. on Banking, Housing, and Urban
      CONGRESSIONAL RECORD, Vol. 143 (1997):
                 Nov. 9, considered and passed Senate.
                 Nov. 13, considered and passed House.


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