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September 3, 2009 / ebretzel

Quarter Quandary

It seems my collection will never be complete! Yesterday, I found a quarter depicting Puerto Rico on the back. A google search of U.S. Mint State Quarters revealed to me they have been issuing quarters in 2009 to commemorate the U.S. Territories. What do you think? Should I tape them all up in with the rest of the states? D.C. makes sense to me, but these other places like Guam, the Virgin Islands, Puerto Rico… those are like other countries. Maybe they deserve their own spot along with my Panama quarter.

I suppose it’s a good thing to educate the common folk about these foreign places that are actually part of our country (sort of). My brother Hank, who went to Puerto Rico on his honeymoon, found it surprising that the didn’t put this cute little frog on the quarter:

Common_Coquí He’s the Coqui (named after the noise he makes). A few minutes of internets research told me that these guys are going extinct in their native Puerto Rico, but apparently flourishing as an annoying, invasive species in Hawaii. They apparently were transported there in potted house plants and having no natural enemies grew wildly out of control. Interesting fact: Coqui’s grow right from eggs into little frogs – no tadpoles.

So there you have it folks, a little edu-macation about a loud little frog that could have been on a U.S. quarter but isn’t.  **cue “The more you know!” jingle. Bet you didn’t see THAT coming.

-Emily

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  1. Becca / Sep 4 2009 1:49 am

    That’s almost exactly like the brush tailed possum in NZ! Exact same species in Australia (where they are being conserved), but they are NZ’s #1 Enemy. Introduced by silly humans who thought they’d make a good fur trade. Instead they eat like 80 million tonnes of native bush per year or something insane like that.

  2. Becca / Sep 4 2009 1:51 am

    OH, and yes I agree it’s weird we now have quarters for guam? Seriously? Yeah weird.

    Speaking of coins, the smallest denomination coin in NZ is 10 cents (but they look like pennies). All cash sales are rounded up or down. However, if you pay by credit card or check card, you pay the exact amount. Nifty eh? We also have 1 and 2$ coins, which are awesome. The US needs to get on the ball with the dollar coin instead of dollar bill.

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