The Puerto Rico Quarter was the second release of the DC & US Territories Quarter Program. This program will honor the District of Columbia and each United States Territory with its own unique quarter design.
Puerto Rico was initially a Spanish colony after Christopher Columbus arrived in 1493. It was ceded to the United States under the Treaty of Paris of 1898 following the Spanish-American War.It’s residents became American citizens in 1917. Puerto Rico officially become a United States commonwealth on July 25, 1952.
The reverse design of the coin features a sentry box in Old San Juan looking out to the sea. The official state flower of Puerto Rico, the hibiscus, is included at right. The inscriptions read “Puerto Rico”, “Isla del Encanto” (Isle of Enchantment), “E Pluribus Unum”, and the date. The reverse of the coin was designed and sculpted by Joseph Menna.
The obverse design of the coin will continue to use the rendition of the George Washington from the prior 50 State Quarters Program, which was designed by John Flanagan after the William Cousins original.
The Puerto Rico Quarter was released on March 30, 2009. The Philadelphia mint produced 53 million and the Denver mint produced 86 million coins. Proof and 90% silver proof versions were produced at the San Francisco Mint.
Designer: William Cousins after John Flanagan (obverse), Joseph Menna (reverse)
Sculptor: William Cousins (obverse), Joseph Menna (reverse)
Mint: Philadelphia (P mint mark), Denver (D mint mark), and San Francisco (S mint mark)
Weight: 5.67 g
Composition: 91.67% copper, 8.33% nickel (clad), 90% silver, 10% copper (silver proof)
Diameter: 24.26 mm
Thickness: 1.75 mm
More Information: US Territories Quarters