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Scott's Perfect Proof Territories


Category: Quarter Dollars
Set Type: D.C. and U.S. Territories Quarters, 2009, Proof Issue
Owner: SPHansen
Last Modified: 7/26/2019
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Rank: 1
Score: 1961
Leading by: 115
Points to Higher Rank: N/A
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Set Description:

In 2009, the US Mint produced the largest circulation strike and proof sets in its history. There were 4 cent designs, one nickel, one dime, 6 quarters, one half and 5 golden dollars for a total of 18 different coins. This set contains the 6 quarter designs, in clad and silver proof, and in perfect PF70 Ultra Cameo condition.

This subset of the Statehood Quarter program honors the territories of the United States that are not actually states themselves. It would be the bridge between the Statehood Quarter program and the America the Beautiful Program beginning in 2010. While not rare in any sense of the word, there were less of these coins minted than in the previous series, so fewer were found in pocket change. This gives them an aura of rareness, and is perhaps why they remain popular with modern series coin collectors.

Although the statehood program was, by legislation, originally intended to include only the 50 states, legislation (District of Columbia and United States Territories Circulating Quarter Dollar Program Act) was signed into law in late 2007 to include the remaining jurisdictions of the nation. A bill had been introduced five times in the United States Congress to extend the 50 State Quarters program an additional year to include the District of Columbia, the Commonwealths of Puerto Rico, the Northern Mariana Islands, the U.S. territories of Guam, the U.S. Virgin Islands and American Samoa. During the 106th, 107th, 108th, 109th, and 110th Congresses, these bills had passed through the House of Representatives, and even had 34 Senate sponsors for the Senate bill during the 108th; however, none of these bills was passed by the Senate. H.R. 3885, the version in the 109th Congress, passed the House by voice vote in the early hours of December 9, 2006, just before it adjourned sine die; but the Senate adjourned sine die shortly thereafter without considering the bill. The 110th Congress version of the bill, H.R. 392 was introduced on January 10, 2007 by the Delegate Eleanor Holmes Norton (D-DC) and was passed by the House of Representatives on January 23, 2007.

On December 10, 2007, Puerto Rico-born Rep. José Serrano, D-NY, attached HR 392's language to the Omnibus Spending Bill (H.R. 2764) that the House passed. The bill passed in the US Senate on September 6; President George W. Bush signed the bill on December 26. The additional six coins to be minted in 2009 are expected to generate renewed interest in the series, generate over $400 million in additional revenue to the Treasury, and lead many publishers to produce new products to accommodate the additional six coins. HR 2764 also moves the "In God We Trust" from the edge to the obverse or reverse of the Presidential $1 Coin Program.

The 1997 act that authorized the statehood quarter program had originally provided that if the federal district, or any of the territories or commonwealths, became states before 2009, that new state would get a quarter.

Obverse Designer: John Flanagan (Modified by William Cousins)
Weight: 5.670g
Diameter: 0.955 in (24.26mm)
Thickness: 1.75 mm
Edge: Reeded
Composition: Cupro-Nickel Clad (8.33% Ni, 91.67% Cu)
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