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Since You Asked:

Since you all at the SYA Headquarters Archives know everything (almost), I need to call upon your expert knowledge in the subject of state quarters. Since all the state quarters are out, I have since gotten Washington, D.C., Puerto Rico and Guam.

Are they going to mint and distribute both P and D quarters for all the U.S. territories? Also, how many territories are there?

— CJ and the Delta Waters Group, via e-mail

CJ, did you buy one of those collection folders that had nifty slots for the 50 state quarters with both the Philadelphia and Denver mint marks?

Yeah, we did too.

We dropped a dime to the SYA World Headquarters Department of Numismatics for its two cents on the territories, and they assure us that the State (and District and Territories) Quarter Program ends this year.

The D.C., Puerto Rico and Guam quarters are out; they'll be followed by quarters representing American Samoa, the U.S. Virgin islands and the Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands. (No, we'd never heard of the Northern Mariana Islands, either.)

All those quarters, in both P and D mint variations, will be in circulation by the end of 2009. At which time the quarters program, which began in 1999 with Caesar Rodney riding a horse on the back of the Delaware state quarter, will be over. Finis. Completed. Done.

Until ... 2010.

Yup, every time we think we're out, the U.S. Mint drags us back in. Thanks to the America's Beautiful National Parks Quarter Dollar Coin Act of 2008, starting next year quarters depicting national parks in all 50 states, one district and five territories will go into circulation. One every 10 weeks, starting with Delaware and ending with the Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana islands.

This will cause a bit of a problem for coin lovers in Southern Oregon, since Crater Lake National Park was depicted on our state quarter — when life was simple, we thought we were nearly done, and we only had to buy one collection folder.

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