Washington, D.C. — The U.S. Mint today announced that a limited edition of 75,000 Maryland Commemorative Coin Covers featuring two Maryland quarters from the first day of mintage — February 28, 2000 — will be available through its online catalog at www.USMINT.gov. On April 17, the Mint will begin sales of the first official Commemorative Coin Cover featuring the Maryland quarter.

“We continue the 50 State Quarters Commemorative Cover series, featuring the latest quarter honoring Maryland,” said U.S. Mint Acting Director John Mitchell. “The covers are an affordable, attractive collectible, that make a perfect gift for a young collector or someone just starting a collection.”

Priced at $19.95, this official Maryland Commemorative Coin Cover includes quarters from both the Philadelphia and Denver facilities on a handsome display card with the 33-cent Flag-Over-City postage stamp. The postmark of “March 13, 2000, Annapolis, Maryland” marks the day the Maryland quarters were first released to the Federal Reserve and the public – certifying this limited edition and honoring “The Old Line State.”

The reverse design of the Maryland quarter features a depiction of the Maryland State House dome in Annapolis—the oldest working state house in the country, and the only state house to have served as the nation’s capitol. The state house is surrounded by the nickname “The Old Line State” and balanced on both sides by White Oak leaf clusters.

The Maryland quarters are the seventh coins of the 50 State Quarters Program that will honor each of the 50 states in the order they entered the union. Five state designs will be issued each year through 2008 at approximately 10-week intervals.

Customers may order the Maryland First Day Commemorative Coin Cover directly online via the U.S. Mint secure web server at www.usmint.gov and pay no additional shipping and handling charges. Customers who prefer to fax their orders may download an order form at the web site and fax it to (301) 344-4150, and customers also may order by telephone by calling 1-800-USA-MINT. Mail orders to U.S. Mint, Customer Care Center, Lanham, MD 20706-4331 Attention: Order Processing. (Telephone, fax, and mail orders incur a shipping and handling fee of $3.95 per order.) Please allow approximately 6-8 weeks for delivery.

National Coin Week is April 16-20. Celebrate by visiting the U.S. Mint’s web site at www.usmint.gov. There are a variety of activities, games, and educational offerings that are fun for everyone. See the new Golden Dollar ads, and solve the Golden Dollar interactive puzzle. Track or report on the first sightings of coins from the 50 State Quarters Program and download a free 50 State Quarters Program screensaver. Plus show your children how coins are made at the U.S. Mint’s h.i.p. pocket change, our site filled with fun and games just for kids.

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