WASHINGTON — The United States Mint announced today that commemorative quarter-dollar coins honoring Kansas, the fourth coin in the United States Mint’s 50 State Quarters® Program to be released in 2005, will go on sale beginning August 29, 2005, at 12:00 noon (ET), and will be available for purchase during the 10-week release period. The Kansas quarter-dollars are available in two-roll sets (40 coins per roll), including one roll each from the United States Mint at Philadelphia and Denver, and in bags of 100 and 1,000 coins.

On January 29, 1861, the “Sunflower State” became the 34th state to be admitted into the Union. The Kansas quarter is the 34th coin to be issued in the United States Mint’s popular 50 State Quarters Program, and its reverse features a buffalo and sunflower motif, emblematic of the State’s history and natural beauty.

The Kansas commemorative quarter incorporates two of the State’s most beloved symbols, the buffalo (the state animal) and the sunflower (the state flower). Each of these two design elements is a visual reminder of our Nation’s heartland. They feature prominently in the history of the territory, and both were found in abundance throughout the State in the middle of the 19th century when Kansas gained its statehood. With its release in the fall of 2005, the Kansas quarter is the second United States circulating coin of 2005 to carry an image of the buffalo.

Each coin roll in the two-roll set is wrapped in a specially designed United States Mint paper coin wrap that prominently displays the 50 State Quarters Program logo, a “P” or “D” representing the roll’s mint of origin, “KS” designating the State of Kansas, and “$10” representing its dollar value. Two-roll sets will sell for $32.00, bags of 100 coins for $35.50, and bags of 1,000 coins for $300.00. Each bag is marked with the mint of origin and the dollar value of its contents ($25.00 or $250.00). These two-roll sets and bags feature quarters used in regular transactions and are struck on our main production floors at the United States Mint at Philadelphia and Denver. There is no order limit on these products.

Customers can purchase the Kansas quarter-dollars in two-roll sets and bags 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 two-roll sets and bags, are charged and shipped to the customer automatically as each new quarter is released. For more information about this ordering method, please visit www.usmint.gov. Hearing- and speech-impaired customers may order by calling 1-888-321-MINT (6468). A shipping and handling fee of $4.95 per order will be added to all domestic orders. Quarter bags of 1,000 coins will have an additional charge of $7.95 per bag because of their weight and size.

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