Collectors Given Opportunity to Find Hidden Treasure

WASHINGTON – The United States Mint today announced the newest addition to the 50 State Quarters®product line – the Mixed Quarters Bag. Available beginning at 12:00 Noon EDT on April 29, 2002, this new product will give customers an opportunity to purchase a mixture of 1999 and 2000-dated state quarters. Several of these quarters are hard to find in circulation, and offering them to customers in a 100-coin bag will help provide consumers with the opportunity to have a complete collection of all the 50 State Quarters.

Mixed Quarters Bags are United States Mint-sewn bags filled with 100 coins consisting of 1999 and 2000-dated ‘P’ and ‘D’ state quarters. These quarters are drawn from the United States Mint’s inventories of state quarters remaining from the sale of individual quarter bags, special products, and joint marketing commitments with licensing partners. These are the same quarters used in regular commercial transactions and struck on our main production floors at the Philadelphia and Denver Mint facilities.

The Mixed Quarters Bags will go on sale beginning April 29, 2002 for the same price as our other 50 State Quarters 100-coin bags at $35.50 each. Each bag will contain 20% 1999-dated quarters and 80% 2000-dated quarters, with at least one coin per state per mintmark. There are no order limits, with production quantity based on consumer interest and available coin inventories.

Launched in 1999, the United States Mint’s 50 State Quarters Program is a 10-year initiative honoring each of the nation’s states in the order that they joined the Union or ratified the Constitution. Each quarter is made for only about 10 weeks, after which it is never produced again. United States Mint research shows that 139 million Americans are collecting the new quarters.

Customers can purchase the Mixed Quarter Bags two ways. First, they may use the United States Mint’s secure website at http://www.usmint.gov. Second, they may call 1-800-USA-MINT (872-6468). A shipping and handling fee of $3.95 per order will be added to all domestic orders. Hearing and speech-impaired customers may order by calling 1-888-321-MINT (6468). Please allow approximately 2-3 weeks for delivery.

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