Avis Nummus
White Tern

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Coin Details

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

Set Details

Custom Sets: Avis Nummus
Novus Nummus Perfectus
Proof Silver Quarters
Competitive Sets: 670s   Score: 175
Research: NGC Coin Explorer NGC Coin Price Guide

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The Northern Mariana Islands Quarter was released on November 30, 2009 as the sixth and final coin in the 2009 District of Columbia and U.S. Territories Quarters Program.

The U.S. Mint website describes the Northern Mariana Islands as follows: A possession of Spain until 1898, the islands were sold to Germany in 1899. The islands were seized in 1914 by Japan, whose control of the islands was officially recognized in 1921 by the League of Nations. American forces occupied the Marianas during World War II, and in 1947 the group was included in the U.S. Trust Territory of the Pacific Islands. Residents approved separate status for the Northern Marianas as a U.S. Commonwealth in 1975, and the covenant to establish the Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands was signed by President Gerald Ford the next year.

The Northern Mariana Islands quarter reverse design represents the wealth of the islands in its natural resources of land, air and sea. Near the shore stands a large limestone latte, the supporting column of ancient indigenous Chamorro structures. A canoe of the indigenous Carolinians represents the people’s seafaring skills across vast distances. Two white fairy tern birds fly in characteristic synchrony overhead. A Carolinian mwar (head lei) composed of plumeria, langilang (Ylang Ylang), angagha (peacock flower) and teibwo (Pacific Basil) borders the bottom of the design. The mwar is symbolic of the virtues of honor and respect.

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