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2009 Commonwealth of Northern Mariana Islands

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The U.S. Mint has released the 2009 Commonwealth of Northern Mariana Island U.S. Territory Quarter.

Reverse: “Carolinian Canoe, Latte Stone and Mwar”
Description: Represents the wealth of the islands in its natural resources of land, air and sea. Near the shore stands a large limestone latte, the supporting column of ancient indigenous Chamorro structures. A canoe of the indigenous Carolinians represents the people’s seafaring skills across vast distances. Two white fairy tern birds fly in characteristic synchrony overhead. A Carolinian mwar (head lei) composed of plumeria, langilang (Ylang Ylang), angagha (peacock flower) and teibwo (Pacific Basil) borders the bottom of the design near the inscription, NORTHERN MARIANA ISLANDS.

Sculptor: Phebe Hemphill

Written by Robert L. Wilson

December 21, 2009 at 12:25 pm

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