Washington, D.C., October 21, 2002 – The United States Mint today announced that the limited edition of 75,000 Mississippi Official First Day Coin Covers will be available online at www.usmint.gov beginning 12:00 noon (E.S.T.) on November 4, 2002. The Mississippi Official First Day Coin Cover, which also is available in the United States Mint’s annual catalog, features two Mississippi quarters from September 30, the first day of mintage.

Priced at $19.95, the Mississippi Official First Day Coin Cover includes quarters from both the Philadelphia and Denver Mint facilities on a handsome display card with a 37-cent United States Flag postage stamp.

The postmark of “October 15, 2002, Magnolia, MS 39652” indicates the day Mississippi quarters were released to the Federal Reserve Bank and the public. The Mississippi quarter is the 20th in the 50 State Quarters® Program, which honors each of the states in the order that it ratified the Constitution or was admitted into the Union. Five state designs will be issued each year through 2008 at approximately 10-week intervals.

The Mississippi quarter’s reverse design showcases the beauty and elegance of the state flower. It combines the blossoms and leaves of two magnolias with the inscription “The Magnolia State.”

Customers can purchase the Mississippi Official First Day Coin Covers by using the United States Mint’s secure website, www.usmint.gov, or by calling 1-800-USA-MINT (872-6468). As an added convenience, customers can participate in a subscription-ordering program in which specific products, such as Official First Day Coin Covers, are charged and shipped to the customer automatically as each new state quarter is released. A shipping and handling fee of $3.95 per order will be added to all orders. Hearing and speech-impaired customers may order by calling 1-888-321-MINT (6468) (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)