The 2009 American Samoa quarter is one of the fourth coins in the District of Columbia and U.S. Territories Quarters Program. Located in the South Pacific Ocean about 2,300 miles southwest of Hawaii and 2,700 miles northeast of Australia, the territory is the fourth coin in the series. In 1929, the island nation was recognized as an official US territory. The uncirculated quarter features seven layers of pure 24 karat gold. It is protected by a clear plastic encapsulation.
Several designs were considered for the 2009 American Samoa quarter, including one featuring the outline of the island and a latte stone, which is used in ancient Chamorro society for building support. The reverse design features a flying proa and other American Samoa symbols, including a bowl and a whisk. The design was created by United States Mint Associate Designer David Westwood, while Sculptor-Engraver Jim Licaretz sculpted the image.
The first coin was released officially on September 4, 2009. The ceremony featured US Mint Deputy Director Andrew Brunhart, Governor Togiola T.A. Tulafono, and Mint Deputy Director Andrew Brunhart. Children under 18 were given a free American Samoa Quarter. Adults were encouraged to exchange their current currency for a roll of quarters. This new coin is the first to commemorate a country, including an island, on its own coinage.
The 2009 American Samoa quarter is available in two grades. An MS65 gem uncirculated version is worth about $12, while an MS67 silver proof coin is valued at around $20. An MS68 version is the most rare and is valued at approximately $200. If you’re looking to collect this coin, the 2009 American Samoa Quarter is an excellent choice. You can choose between a MS67 or MS68 coin depending on its condition.
The reverse design of the 2009 American Samoa quarter features a coconut tree and the ava bowl used during important ceremonies. An ava bowl is also depicted, which is a ceremonial drink used by the Samoan chief. It is considered the most important traditional event in the country and is a part of the official seal of American Samoa. The design was developed by sculptors Stephen Clark and Charles Vickers.