The public and media are invited to join United States Mint Director Ed Moy at the launch of the commemorative quarter honoring the Commonwealth of Puerto Rico-the Isla del Encanto-at San Juan’s La Arcada in Paseo La Princesa, at 11:00 a.m., Thursday, April 2.  Puerto Rico Governor Luis Fortuño and invited guests will join in the ceremony that includes local entertainment and a coin exchange.  Children 18 years old and younger will receive a free quarter.

The United States Mint will release the Commonwealth of Puerto Rico commemorative quarter into circulation on March 30.  It is the second coin in the 2009 District of Columbia & U.S. Territories Quarters Program.

The coin’s reverse (tails side) design features a sentry box in Old San Juan overlooking the sea with a hibiscus flower. The design, by United States Mint Sculptor-Engraver Joseph Menna, includes the inscription Isla del Encanto (Island of Enchantment).

For a digital image of the Commonwealth of Puerto Rico quarter, go to:
http://www.usmint.gov/pressroom/index.cfm?action=Photo#2009DCTerri

On the eve of the launch ceremony, Director Moy will host a Coin Collector’s Forum at the Universidad del Este (UNE) – Carolina Campus, in the Library Atrium, on Wednesday, April 1, at 6:30 p.m., where the public can express their ideas for future designs on our Nation’s coinage.

WHAT: Commonwealth of Puerto Rico Quarter Launch, followed by             Quarter Exchange
Collector’s Forum

WHO:  United States Mint Director Ed Moy
Governor Luis Fortuño
First Lady Lucé Vela
Puerto Rico Secretary of State the Honorable Kenneth                   McClintock
Entertainment by Escuela Libre de Música Ernesto Ramos Antonini

WHEN: Launch:  11:00 a.m., Thursday, April 2, 2009
Collector’s Coin Forum:  Wednesday, April 1, at 6:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m.

WHERE: Launch:  La Arcada, Paseo La Princesa #2, Viejo San Juan
Coin Forum:  Universidad del Este (UNE) – Carolina Campus, Library Atrium, 190 Road at Kilometer 1.8, Sabana Abajo, Carolina, PR 00983

NEWS MEDIA ONLY:  VIDEO AVAILABLE — Satellite feed of event B-roll will be available. Satellite coordinates:  Thursday, April 2, 2009: 3:00 pm. – 3:30 p.m. ET C Band Analog; Galaxy 28C, Tr. 15, DL 4000V

Re-feed
Friday April 3, 2:00 p.m. – 2:15 p.m. ET
AMC 3C, Tr. 3, DL 3760H
Contact: Press inquiries:  Michael White (202) 354-7222 Customer Service information:  (800) USA MINT (872-6468)