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Virgin Islands get time in sun

Official debut of the U.S. Virgin Islands quarter occurred Oct. 9 at a ceremony in Charlotte Amalie on the island of St. Thomas.

Joining Deputy Mint Director Andy Brunhart at the event was Gov. John P. deJongh Jr.

Though the coin actually reached circulation Sept. 28 and was available for sale to collectors on the Mint’s Web site on that date, the ceremony featured all of the pomp, excitement and local entertainment that surrounds introduction of each new design.

The U.S. Virgin Islands design “reflects a rich culture steeped in the outstanding natural beauty of the three islands,” Brunhart pointed out in quote attributed to Mint Director Ed Moy.
Following the placement of the U.S. Virgin Islands coin on the Mint’s map display, quarters were handed out free to children under 18.

Adults were able to purchase $10 rolls for their face value.

Collectors can contact the Mint either through its Web site or by telephone.

The Web address is www.usmint.gov. The telephone number is (800) USA Mint.

Price of a two-roll set from the Mint is $32.95 plus a $4.95 handling charge.

Bags of 100 coins are $32.95 and bags of 1,000 coins are $309.95. Bags are from Denver or Philadelphia. They are not mixed.

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