Soon after the 50 States quarter dollar program was launched, Rep.
Eleanor Holmes Norton, D-D.C., began her quest for recognition of the
District of Columbia and the five U.S. territories on the reverse of
the circulating Washington quarter dollar. She introduced legislation
five times, gaining passage in the House of Representatives. However,
her initiatives were blocked in the U.S. Senate because the
legislation was viewed by opponents as a backdoor attempt to gain
statehood for the federal district.
Rep. Michael Castle,
R-Del., who was the chief sponsor of the legislation that created the
50 State quarters program, declared his support for quarter dollars
honoring the district and the territories soon after the launch of the
State quarters program and joined Norton in working to obtain its
passage. They achieved success at the close of the 110th Congress by
attaching the bill to the Consolidated Appropriations Act of 2008 (PL
110-147) signed into law Dec. 21, 2007, some 10 years after the
approval of the 50 States quarters law.
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Six quarters were issued during 2009 with reverses honoring the
District of Columbia, the Commonwealth of Puerto Rico, Guam, American
Samoa, the U.S. Virgin Islands and the Northern Mariana Islands.
According to the Mint they were issued in equal sequential intervals
throughout the year. The District of Columbia quarter was issued Jan.
The John Flanagan's obverse design of George
Washington modified by William Cousins (unchanged from the 50 State
quarters obverse) appears on each. The reverses honor the District of
Columbia and the territories.
The authorizing laws
required the secretary of the Treasury to approve each reverse design
after consulting with the chief executive of the District of Columbia
or the territory being honored and the Commission of Fine Arts, after
review by the Citizens Coinage Advisory Committee.
authorizing law provides for the coins to be struck for commerce,
Uncirculated and Proof versions, as well as a 90 percent silver.
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