WASHINGTON – The United States Mint announced today that commemorative quarter-dollar coins honoring South Dakota, the fifth coin in the United States Mint’s 50 State Quarters® Program to be released in 2006, will go on sale beginning November 6, 2006, at noon (ET), and will be available for approximately 10 weeks.

The South Dakota 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.

Each coin roll in the two-roll set is presented 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, “SD” designating the State of South Dakota, 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 bags and two-roll sets feature quarters used in regular transactions that were struck on our main production floors at the United States Mint at Philadelphia and Denver. There is no order limit on these products.

South Dakota was admitted into the Union on November 2, 1889, becoming the Nation’s 40th state. The reverse design of the quarter features an image of the State bird, a Chinese ring-necked pheasant, in flight above a depiction of the Mount Rushmore National Memorial, which features four American Presidents: George Washington, Thomas Jefferson, Theodore Roosevelt and Abraham Lincoln. The design is bordered by heads of wheat. The coin’s design also bears the inscriptions “South Dakota” and “1889.”

Customers can purchase the South Dakota quarter-dollars in bags and two-roll sets 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 bags and two-roll sets, are charged and shipped to the customer automatically as each product 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)