25 Cents KM466 Northern Mariana United States
|KM#||466||Dates||2009||Notes||DC and Territories Quarter (Northern Mariana Islands)|
In the center is a profile of George Washington facing left. He is wear a parliamentary wig tied with a bow at the back. Above him is written "LIBERTY" and below him is written "QUARTER DOLLAR". Below his chin to the left is written "LIBERTY", and to the right of him, starting level with his earlobe, is written in small lettering "IN GOD WE TRUST", with IN and TRUST on their own separate lines. Below this, level with Washington's bow, is the mint mark, either a D, a P or an S.
A latte (pillar with a hemisphere, flat side facing upward, on top) on a beach dotted with palm trees on the left. In the sea to the right of this is a crew sailing from right to left in a proa, a Carolian canoe which has a crab claw sail and two hulls, the main hull where the crew stands, and a windward hull which is shorter and narrower and attached to the side of the main hull. Think of an unbalanced catamaran. There are three people on the proa, the one on the left holding a long stick or spear which is aimed downwards into the water, the one to his right simply standing and looking out from the boat, and the one on the far right controlling the sail. Above and to the left of the proa are two white fairy terns flying from right to left, viewed from above. They have short forked tails and sharp beaks as well as a long wingspan relative to the size of their bodies. The one on the right is closer (i.e., larger) than the one on the left. In an arc below this scene is a mwar, or Carolinian lei, consisting of four different flowers: plumeria, ylang ylang, peacock flowers and Pacific basil.Around the top half of the coin is written "NORTHERN MARIANA ISLANDS". At the bottom of the coin is written in small lettering "E PLURIBUS UNUM 2009".