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2009: USA - America Quarter - US Virgin Islands

Price: $ 2.00
MPN: US Coins Box
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2009: USA - America Quarter - US Virgin Islands

Christopher Columbus explored the US Virgin Islands in 1493. The islands were first inhabited by the Arawak, the Taino (taEEno), and then the Carib Indians. Denmark began to colonize the islands in 1666 and named them the Danish West Indies. Just west lies Puerto Rico; to the east, the British Virgin Islands.

The United States purchased the group of three main islands and about 50 islets from Denmark in 1917 for $25 million. In 1927, those who lived in the U.S. Virgin Islands became American citizens. In 1954, a territorial government was set up there with three branches, much like the branches of the federal government.

The design on the U.S. Virgin Islands quarter shows some of the territory’s symbols: the yellow breast (also called the banana quit), the official bird of the U.S. Virgin Islands; the yellow cedar (or yellow elder), the official flower; and the tyre palm, the official tree. All three symbols speak of the islands’ beauty, a fact that helps to make tourism the islands’ main industry. Most of the jobs in the U.S. Virgin Islands are related to tourism.

Also on this quarter, fifth in the series, is an outline of the three major islands (St. Croix [CROY], St. Thomas, and St. John). The territory’s motto, “United in Pride and Hope,” completes the design.

Image provided is showing coin design*. Coin is in very fine to uncirculated condition (ex roll).  We will provide the best condition coin we have in stock at the time of order.  If any questions, we are happy to provide a scan of the coin before purchase.

United States coin images from the United States Mint