New from the United States Mint is its first coin collecting product in 2014 with America the Beautiful Quarters, and its first set of the year.
Released Tuesday and on sale for $14.95 is the 2014 United States Mint America the Beautiful Quarters Proof Set™. It is the fourth annually issued proof set of its kind, with the first released in 2010, and it has this year’s five newly designs quarters produced to a shiny proof finish by the United States Mint facility in San Francisco.
In the 2014 set and protected by a clear plastic lens are the five America the Beautiful Quarters depicting:
- Great Smoky Mountains National Park (Tennessee)
- Shenandoah National Park (Virginia)
- Arches National Park (Utah)
- Great Sand Dunes National Park (Colorado)
- Everglades National Park (Florida)
These are the 21st through 25th sites honored in the quarter series with 56 scheduled releases between 2010 and 2021. Each quarter has or will have a unique reverse design emblematic of one national park/site found in each U.S. state, D.C. and each U.S. Territory.
This year’s five quarter designs were revealed by the United States Mint in November. Main design elements for each coin include:
- a segment of the lush green forest and hawk circling above (Great Smoky Mountains National Park quarter)
- a day hiker taking in the view from Little Stony Man summit (Shenandoah National Park quarter)
- Delicate Arch, a 65-foot freestanding natural arch (Arches National Park quarter)
- a father and son playing in the sand next to the creek bed (Great Sand Dunes National Park quarter)
- an anhinga with outstretched wings on a willow tree with a roseate spoonbill visible in the mid-ground (Everglades National Park quarter)
These same designs will find their way into circulation for commerce when circulating versions of the coins launch throughout 2014. The first quarter, depicting Great Smoky Mountains National Park, is scheduled for circulation release on January 27.
To order the five-coin proof set or other coin collecting product from the Mint, visit its website at www.usmint.gov.