The Sol DC and Territories Collection
2009-S Clad Northern Marianas

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Coin Details

Origin/Country: UNITED STATES
Design Description: QUARTER DOLLARS - STATES & TERRITORIES - PROOF
Item Description: 25C 2009 S CLAD NORTHERN MARIANAS
Full Grade: NGC PF 70 ULTRA CAMEO
Owner: kalulua

Set Details

Custom Sets: This coin is not in any custom sets.
Competitive Sets: The Sol DC and Territories Collection   Score: 147
Research: NGC Coin Explorer NGC Coin Price Guide

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The Mariana Islands (also the Marianas; up to the early 20th century sometimes called Ladrones Islands, from Spanish Islas de los Ladrones meaning "Islands of Thieves") are an arc-shaped archipelago made up by the summits of 15 volcanic mountains in the north-western Pacific Ocean between the 12th and 21st parallels north and along the 145th meridian east. They are south of Japan and north of New Guinea, and immediately to the east of the Philippine Sea. The south end of the Marianas chain is the island of Guam. The islands were named after Spanish Queen Mariana of Austria in the 17th century, when Spain started the colonization of the archipielago.

The islands are part of a geologic structure known as the Izu-Bonin-Mariana Arc system, and range in age from 5 million years old in the north to 30 million years old in the south (Guam). The island chain arises as a result of the western edge of the Pacific Plate plunging beneath the Mariana plate, a region which is the most volcanically active convergent plate boundary on Earth. This region, just west of the island chain, forms the noted Mariana Trench, the deepest part of the Earth's oceans and lowest part of Earth's crust. Here, water trapped in the extensive faulting of the Pacific Plate as Serpentinite is heated by the higher temperatures of depth during its subduction, and the pressure results in the hydrothermal activity in the area, and probably the volcanic activity which has formed the Mariana Islands. [1]

The Marianas islands are the northern part of the Micronesia island group, although their government is under a different jurisdiction from much of the rest of geographical Micronesia. Today, the Marianas Islands are composed of two U.S. jurisdictions: the territory of Guam and the Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands.

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