When President George W. Bush signed the appropriations bill Dec. 26, 2007, he extended the state quarter program by an extra year to honor the District of Columbia and five other American territories, Puerto Rico, Guam, American Samoa, the American Virgin Islands and the Northern Marianas.
Drawings of designs for the Washington, D.C., quarter as well as those for the five insular territories - Puerto Rico, Guam, American Samoa, U.S. Virgin Islands and the Commonwealth of Northern Marianas Islands have been sent to the U.S. Commission of Fine Arts in anticipation of its May 15 meeting and to the Citizens Coinage Advisory Committee for its May 20 meeting review.
Officials wore traditional floral headgear as they formally introduced on Dec. 9 the sixth and final coin in the 2009 District of Columbia and U.S. Territories quarter series honoring the Northern Mariana Islands.
The Denver Guam quarter is now the scarcest of the new 2009 designs, with a total production of 42.6 million pieces, a figure that is less than half the number of the District of Columbia and the Puerto Rico issues.