2014 America the Beautiful Quarters commemorating Arches National Park in Utah were released into circulation today, May 9, and the United States Mint also started selling them in numismatic rolls and bags.
It’ll take some time for these coins, which officially debuted in a ceremonial release on Friday, to make their way into your pockets as spare change since local banks cannot order quarters by design or from a specific production facility. That’s why many collectors get new quarters straight from the U.S. Mint.
Arches National Park Quarters in the rolls and bags are struck to circulating quality but have never circulated. This means that they will tend be in better condition compared to those found in your change. Also, unlike quarters from the Denver Mint or Philadelphia Mint, those from the San Francisco Mint are not released into circulation because they are only struck for numismatic sales.
Here is a listing of the U.S. Mint quarter products and their prices:
|Quarter Product||U.S. Mint Facility Striking Them||Price|
|40-coin rolls||San Francisco||$18.95|
|Two-roll sets||40 Philadelphia & 40 Denver coins||$32.95|
|Three-roll sets||San Francisco, Philadelphia, & Denver||$46.95|
|100-coin bags||San Francisco||$34.95|
Designs of Arches National Park Quarters
Reverses or tails side of this quarter depict Delicate Arch, a 65-foot freestanding natural structure. It is the most widely recognizable landmark in Utah and the most famous arch found in the park, having been depicted on items like postage stamps and license plates. The Olympic torch for the 2002 Winter Olympics notably passed through it.
"Having lived in Utah, I know from first-hand experience that Delicate Arch in Arches National Park is one of the Earth’s very special geologic wonders and why it was chosen as the design for Utah’s America the Beautiful Quarter," U.S. Mint Deputy Director Richard A. Peterson said Friday during the ceremonial release of the coin.
In addition to Delicate Arch, La Sal Mountains are visible in the background and there are surrounding inscriptions of ARCHES, UTAH, 2014 and E PLURIBUS UNUM.
Obverse or heads side of all America the Beautiful Quarters are common, featuring the 1932 portrait of George Washington by John Flanagan. The inscriptions on this side of the coin are UNITED STATES OF AMERICA, LIBERTY, IN GOD WE TRUST and QUARTER DOLLAR. There is also a mint mark telling where they were made. They are S, P or D for the San Francisco Mint, Philadelphia Mint or Denver Mint.
Ordering Arches National Park Quarters
Those who are interested in ordering the coins can visit the United States Mint’s web site at www.usmint.gov or call 1-800-USA-MINT (872-6468). Here is the link to the Mint’s product page online. No household ordering limits or mintage limits apply with consumer demand deciding final product limits.
2014 America the Beautiful Quarters
Arches National Park is the third of five national sites to be honored this year in the Mint’s America the Beautiful Quarters® Program. 2014 is one of the more unique years as all quarters honor a national park. Most years there is a mixing of quarters that celebrate national parks and other sites like national forests or national memorials.
This year’s first two quarters commemorated, as covered here, Great Smoky Mountains National Park in Tennessee and Shenandoah National Park in Virginia. The next two for release in 2014 honor Great Sand Dunes National Park in Colorado and Everglades National Park in Florida.
The America the Beautiful Quarters series began in 2010. Similar to the 50-state quarter series from years past, each U.S. state, territory and the District of Columbia will be represented. The program will feature these national parks and national sites on coin reverses. Each year, five new quarters are released until the final one is issued in 2021. The Treasury Secretary has the option to extend the program beyond 2021 for another run of 56 quarters.