WASHINGTON, January 14 — The United States Mint announced today that quarter-dollar coins honoring Michigan, the first coin in the 50 State Quarters® Program to be released in 2004, will go on sale beginning January 26, 2004, at 12:00 noon (Eastern Time), and will be available for purchase during the 10-week release period. The Michigan quarters are available in two-roll sets (40 coins per roll), including one Philadelphia and one Denver mint mark coin roll each, and in bags of 100 and 1,000 coins. The Michigan quarters are also available as part of the United States Mint’s popular Subscription Program.

Michigan became the 26th state on January 26, 1837. The Michigan quarter design depicts the outline of the State and the Great Lakes system. The quarter is inscribed “Great Lakes State.” As indicated by the State’s nickname, Michigan’s history is tied to the Great Lakes – Superior, Michigan, Huron, Erie and Ontario – five of the world’s largest lakes that, together, encompass more than 38,000 square miles and form the largest body of fresh water in the world. Michigan borders four of these Lakes, all but Ontario, more than any other state.

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, “MI” designating the State of Michigan, and “$10” representing its dollar value. Each bag is marked with the mint of origin and the dollar value of its contents ($25 or $250). Two-roll sets will sell for $32.00, bags of 100 coins for $35.50, and bags of 1,000 coins for $300. These two-roll sets and bags, featuring quarters used in regular transactions and struck on our main production floors at the Philadelphia and Denver Mint facilities, will be shipped from the United States Mint to customers. There is no order limit on these products.

Customers can purchase the Michigan quarters 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. 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 state 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 also 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)