Now available from the United States Mint is the Great Smoky Mountains National Park Quarters Three-Coin Set, the latest offering from the America the Beautiful Quarter product series.
Its sales started today, Feb. 11, 2014, at noon ET. For $9.95, the Three-Coin Set contains three quarters of different origins, all depicting an image emblematic of the most visited national park in the U.S., located in Tennessee. Included are:
- an uncirculated Great Smoky Mountains quarter from the Denver Mint,
- an uncirculated Great Smoky Mountains quarter from the Philadelphia Mint, and
- a proof Great Smoky Mountains quarter from the San Francisco Mint.
To indicate the city of origin on each coin is a one-letter mint mark on the obverse (heads) side. They are, ‘D’ for the U.S. Mint facility in Denver, CO; ‘P’ for the U.S. Mint facility in Philadelphia, PA; and ‘S’ for the U.S. Mint facility in San Francisco, CA.
A durable plastic card holds the three coins. It features a picturesque image of the park on its front and a brief description of the site and coin on its back along with a U.S. Mint Certificate of Authenticity.
Designs of Great Smoky Mountains Quarters
Just as previous quarters in the America the Beautiful Quarter series, the obverse side of the Great Smoky Mountains quarter shows a portrait of George Washington by John Flanagan. Unique to the series, the image was digitally restored to bring out subtle details and the beauty of the original 1932 model. Inscriptions read, "UNITED STATES OF AMERICA," "LIBERTY," "IN GOD WE TRUST" and "QUARTER DOLLAR."
On the reverse, the design captures a historic log cabin of Great Smoky Mountains National Park, with lush forest all around and hawk circling above. Inscriptions say, "GREAT SMOKY MOUNTAINS," across the top and, "TENNESSEE," "2014" and "E PLURIBUS UNUM," below the image.
Ordering Great Smoky Mountains Quarters Three-Coin Sets
Ordering the Great Smoky Mountains National Park Quarters Three-Coin Set is easy at www.usmint.gov with the the product page for sets here.
Customers may also call the bureau to place orders at 1-800-USA-MINT (872-6468).
Past and Future America the Beautiful Quarters
The Great Smoky Mountains National Park Quarter is the first one in 2014, and it is the 21st one in the America the Beautiful Quarters® Program. Four more will follow it later this year.
All five 2014 quarters honor national parks. Upcoming quarters will depict Shenandoah National Park in Virginia, Arches National Park in Utah, Great Sand Dunes National Park in Colorado, and Everglades National Park in Florida.
A year ago, America the Beautiful Quarters featured:
- White Mountain National Forest in New Hampshire,
- Perry’s Victory and International Peace Memorial in Ohio,
- Great Basin National Park in Nevada,
- Fort McHenry National Monument and Historic Shrine in Maryland, and
- Mount Rushmore National Memorial in South Dakota.
2012 America the Beautiful Quarters paid tribute to:
- El Yunque National Forest in Puerto Rico,
- Chaco Culture National Historical Park in New Mexico,
- Acadia National Park in Maine,
- Hawai’i Volcanoes National Park in Hawaii, and
- Denali National Park and Preserve in Alaska
2011 America the Beautiful Quarters recognized:
- Gettysburg National Military Park in Pennsylvania,
- Glacier National Park in Montana,
- Olympic National Park in Washington,
- Vicksburg National Military Park in Mississippi, and
- Chickasaw National Recreation Area in Oklahoma.
The first America the Beautiful Quarters celebrated in 2010 these sites:
- Hot Springs National Park in Arkansas,
- Yellowstone National Park in Wyoming,
- Yosemite National Park in California,
- Grand Canyon National Park in Arizona, and
- Mount Hood National Forest in Oregon.