Ed Moy sure gets around. This article describes the festivities surrounding the release of the new Guam quarter. -Editor The image of Guam has been pressed into the hard metal of 90 million quarters, which have already begun circulating throughout the country. The commemorative coin was released on Guam yesterday.
"Coins are more than just a means of commerce, they also provide education," said United States Mint Director Ed Moy, who was at Skinner Plaza in Hagåtña for the celebration of the release.
A person carrying change might be curious about the boat pictured next to the outline of the island, Moy said. They might want to learn about the flying proa, or about the latte stone, or about the Chamorro phrase "Guahan I Tano' ManChamorro" printed on the coin. In doing so, they'll understand a little more about Guam, Moy said.
"I think it looks good," said 12-year-old Corey Santos of Agana Heights, who was waiting to receive one of the free Guam quarters handed out by Gov. Felix Camacho, first lady Joanne Camacho and Moy.
Judith Gagan of Yona was in line yesterday with her children and her co-worker's children, to exchange bills for $10 rolls of Guam quarters, which she will send to family in the mainland.
"It's exciting," Gagan said. "Guam has a quarter for its culture."
At the ceremony, the governor thanked the community for 11,922 votes on the quarter design. Camacho said the quarter will help share Guam's history, culture and language with the world.
To read the complete article, see: Residents line up for Guam quarters (www.guampdn.com/article/20090605/NEWS01/906050314/1002)
Wayne Homren, Editor
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