Washington, D.C. – Customers may view an image of the limited edition of 75,000 Virginia Official First Day Coin Covers available for purchase online at www.USMINT.gov. The First Day Coin Covers feature two Virginia quarters from the first day of mintage — October 2, 2000.

Due to the timing of the striking of the Virginia quarters and their delivery to the Federal Reserve Bank, shipping of the Virginia Official First Day Coin Cover will begin on November 20, 2000.

Priced at $19.95, the First Day Coin Cover includes quarters from both the Philadelphia and Denver Mints on a handsome display card with the 33-cent Flag-Over-City postage stamp. The postmark of “October 16, 2000, Richmond, Virginia” marks the day the Virginia quarters were first released to the Federal Reserve and the public – certifying this limited edition and honoring “The Commonwealth of Virginia.”

The Virginia quarter design portrays the three the sailing ships – the Susan Constant, the Godspeed and the Discovery – that brought the first permanent English settlers to Jamestown, Virginia in 1607. To mark the 400th anniversary that Jamestown will celebrate in 2007, the design includes the world “QUADRICENTENNIAL.” The design was created through a collaborative effort from the State Treasurer, Representatives from the Library of Virginia, the Department of Historic Resources, the Virginia Tourism Corporation and the Department of General Services.

The Virginia quarters are the tenth coins of the 50 State Quarters™ Program that honors each of the 50 states in the order they entered the union. Five state designs will be issued each year through 2008 at approximately 10-week intervals.

Customers can purchase the Virginia quarters four ways: First, they can save shipping and handling charges by using the Mint’s secure web site www.USMINT.gov. Second, they can call 1-800-USA-MINT. Third, they may download an order form at the web site and fax it to (301) 344-4150. Fourth, mail orders may be sent to U.S. Mint, Customer Care Center, Lanham, MD 20706-4331 (Attention: Order Processing). A shipping and handling fee of $3.95 per order will be added to all fax, mail and telephone orders for these products. Hearing and speech-impaired customers may order by calling (301) 344-4144 TDD. Please allow approximately 6-8 weeks for delivery.

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Customer Service information: (800) USA MINT (872-6468)