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Press Release
June 22, 2001
National Archives Partners with U.S. Mint to Produce "Formation of the Union Set": Limited Edition Set Features Rare Archival Records

Washington, D.C. . The National Archives and Records Administration (NARA) and the United States Mint have produced a limited-edition "Formation of the Union Set"" that is now for sale online at www.usmint.gov. Only 50,000 of The Formation of the Union Sets will be produced.

This is the third product produced under the "Coin & Chronicles" partnership between the U.S. Mint and NARA. Priced $49.95, each set will contain the first thirteen quarters from the 50 State Quarters™ Program from both the Philadelphia and Denver mint facilities-26 in all-including all the difficult-to-find early quarters, as well as the latest issues.

As an exciting bonus, the set will include a special message from President George W. Bush, discussing the origin and the importance of the Latin phrase E Pluribus Unum inscribed on all modern U.S. coinage. This is the first time in history a U.S. Mint product has included a message from the President of the United States.

Incorporating photographs of many coins in circulation prior to the establishment of the U.S. Mint, plus fascinating images of rare historic archival records from NARA, "The Formation of the Union Set" tells the story of the pivotal years between 1774 and 1792, when 13 small separate colonies declared their independence from England, and joined a newly established Union.

Customers may order "The Formation of the Union Set" five ways: First, they can save shipping and handling charges by ordering online using the Mint's secure web site at www.usmint.gov/catalog. Second, they may call 1-800-USA-MINT. Third, they may download a fax order form from the web site and fax it to (301) 918-2039. Fourth and fifth, customers may request an order form from the Mint Customer Care Center at (202) 283-COIN, or download an order form at the web site, and mail it to the United States Mint, P.O. Box 382601, Pittsburgh, PA 15250-8601 (Attention: Order Processing). A shipping and handling fee of $3.95 per order will be added to all telephone, mail, and fax orders for these products. Hearing and speech-impaired customers may order by calling (301) 344-4144 TTY. Please allow approximately 6-8 weeks for delivery.

For additional PRESS information, please contact the National Archives Public Affairs staff at (301) 837-1700 or by e-mail.

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