WASHINGTON – The United States Mint today announced that the limited edition of 75,000 Louisiana Official First Day Coin Covers will be available online at www.usmint.gov beginning 12:00 noon E.D.T. on June 10, 2002. The Louisiana Official First Day Coin Cover features two Louisiana quarters from May 6, 2002, the first day of mintage.

Priced at $19.95, the Louisiana Official First Day Coin Cover includes quarters from both the Philadelphia and Denver Mint facilities on a handsome display card with a 34-cent United We Stand postage stamp.

The postmark of “May 20, 2002, New Orleans, LA 70113” indicates the day Louisiana quarters were released to the Federal Reserve Bank and the public. The Louisiana quarter is the 18th in the 50 State Quarters® Program that honors each of the states in the order they entered the union. Five state designs will be issued each year through 2008 at approximately 10-week intervals.

Louisiana’s state quarter design features the image of a brown pelican, Louisiana’s state bird, as well as a trumpet and musical notes to celebrate jazz and the outline of the Louisiana Purchase territory. The coin also displays the inscription “Louisiana Purchase.”

Customers can purchase the Louisiana Official First Day Coin Covers two ways: First, they can use the United States Mint’s secure website, www.usmint.gov; second, they can call 1-800-USA-MINT.

As an added convenience, customers may order future Official First Day Coin Covers online through the United States Mint’s subscription program. For more information about this convenient ordering method, please visit http://www.usmint.gov

A shipping and handling fee of $3.95 will be added to all orders for these products. Hearing and speech impaired customers may order by calling (888) 321-MINT (TTY). Please allow approximately 3 to 4 weeks for delivery.

Contact:
Press inquiries: Michael White (202) 354-7222
Customer Service information: (800) USA MINT (872-6468)