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United States Virgin Islands Proposed Designs
Winning design chosen for the United States Virgin Islands quarter
Finalist versions designed by The Mint for the United States Virgin Islands quarter
Design narratives for the United States Virgin Islands quarter
VIRGIN ISLANDS BEAUTY, YELLOW BREAST YELLOW CEDAR TYRE PALM
A geographical rendition of the Virgin Islands, which includes the 3 major islands, and the official bird of the Virgin Islands.
The bird, the Yellow Breast or Banana Quit (Coreba Flaveola), and the official flower of the Virgin Islands, the Yellow Cedar or Yellow Elder (Tacoma Stans), represent the natural wonder and beauty of our islands.
These are placed on the background of a beach with the Tyre Palm (coccothrinax alta) native to the Virgin Islands.
The inscription “United in Pride and Hope,” the Official Motto of the Territory found on the Virgin Islands Territorial Seal, is placed to the right.
A geographical rendition of the Virgin Islands, which includes the 3 major islands and an interpretation of the Three Queens.
The Three Queens are symbolic of St. Thomas, St. John, and St. Croix.
The Queen representing St. Thomas has an oar in her hand. This is symbolic of the maritime / mercantile nature of the Harbor of Charlotte Amalia.
The Queen representing St. John would have a sickle in her hand, symbolic of plantation life on St. John which Slaves successfully rebelled against in 1733, the first in the Western Hemisphere.
The Queen representing St. Croix has a cane bill in her hand, representative of St. Croix as the agricultural center of the Territory. The representation of the Queens also showcases the pivotal role of women in Virgin Islands History.
FIRST IN FREEDOM
A version of a Conch Shell Blower representing the call to freedom.
The inscription “First in Freedom” is inscripted next to the Conch Shell Blower. This represents the Virgin Islands being the first jurisdiction currently under the U.S. Flag to be emancipated from slavery (1848).
This rendition also highlights the Amerindian Struggle with Christopher Columbus upon his arrival at historic Salt River in St. Croix in 1493, the 1878 Fireburn in St. Croix and the first successful slave rebellion in the Western Hemisphere on St. John in 1733.
The legacy of the struggle for freedom is of great importance to the Virgin Islands considering that over three quarters of our population is of African Descent, the only State or Territory under the U.S. Flag with that distinction.
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