2015 Blue Ridge Parkway Quarters Released

by Adam Wegener on June 29, 2015 · 8 comments

Today, June 29, the United States Mint released rolls and bags of the America the Beautiful Quarter honoring Blue Ridge Parkway in North Carolina. This quarter is the third in 2015 and the 28th overall, signaling the completion of the first half of the fifty-six quarter series.

Blue Ridge Parkway Quarter, rolls and bags

The U.S. Mint is now selling rolls and bags of 2015 Blue Ridge Parkway Quarters

Officially introduced last Thursday, these coins actually started entering circulation earlier in the month. Still, many collectors will buy them straight from the U.S. Mint since finding quarters of a certain design and by unique mint mark can take many months to years. Plus, those from the San Francisco Mint are made only for coin collectors so none of them will enter circulation.

Blue Ridge Parkway Quarter Design

Before the image for the Blue Ridge Parkway quarter was selected, a total of 6 candidate designs went under review. All of them offered a depiction of the roadway and the scenic beauty seen from it.

Design candidates for the Blue Ridge Parkway Quarter

Original design candidates for the Blue Ridge Parkway Quarter

Designed by Frank Morris and the sculpted by Joseph Menna, the quarter’s reverse depicts a curved road hugging the side of a mountain as it enters a tunnel. North Carolina’s state flower, the Cornus florida, also appears in the coin’s foreground. Inscriptions around the scene include BLUE RIDGE PARKWAY, NORTH CAROLINA, 2015, and E PLURIBUS UNUM.

Blue Ridge Parkway Quarter

The quarter shows a winding road that hugs the side of a mountain as it leads up to a tunnel. North Carolina’s state flower is also prominently featured.

Common among all America the Beautiful quarters, the obverse or heads side shows John Flanagan’s portrait of George Washington. Surrounding inscriptions read: UNITED STATES OF AMERICA, LIBERTY, IN GOD WE TRUST and QUARTER DOLLAR.

Quarter obverse with D mint mark

Mint marks appear on quarter obverses, indicating where they were made. Here you can see the ‘D’ mint mark for the Denver Mint.

Obverses also have a mint mark of ‘P’, ‘D’ or ‘S’ to notate their striking in Philadelphia, Denver or San Francisco.

Product Options

America the Beautiful Quarters honoring Blue Ridge Parkway are available in several different products to include 40-coin rolls and 100-coin bags with options of where they originated. There are single rolls from the San Francisco Mint, a two-roll set from the Denver and Philadelphia Mints, and a set of three rolls with one from each facility. 100-coin bags are available individually from the three locations. This chart will help make sense of it all:

Quarter Product US Mint Striking Facility 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
100-coin bags Philadelphia $34.95
100-coin bags Denver $34.95

 

The quarters that are struck in Philadelphia and Denver will eventually make their way into people’s pockets as they are released into circulation, but this is not the case for the quarters minted in San Francisco as they are only produced for and sold to collectors.

Ordering Information

The above products are available from the United States Mint’s website at www.usmint.gov. Here’s a link to the Mint’s quarter products. Use 1-800- USA-MINT (872-6468) for phone orders.

About America the Beautiful Program

The U.S. Mint released the first quarter from its America the Beautiful Quarters® Program in 2010 and has issued five quarters every year since then.

2015 America the Beautiful Quarters

Images of all five 2015 America the Beautiful Quarters

Quarters previously released this year include those commemorating Homestead National Monument of America in Nebraska and Kisatchie National Forest in Louisiana. There are two more to come in 2015, and they will honor Bombay Hook National Wildlife Refuge in Delaware and Saratoga National Historic Park in New York.

Look here for quarter news about past releases.

The program is scheduled to wrap up in 2021 after a quarter has been released to honor a national site in all 50 states, D.C. and the five territories of the United States.

{ 8 comments… read them below or add one }

ddubocq July 27, 2015 at 4:43 am

i have one with a group of extra D’s stamped on it next to the road going into the tunnel—some kind of error i assume

nitrolinux August 1, 2015 at 12:58 am

I have a coin like that also, the Blue Ridge Parkway quarter. I would describe as a part of the foliage of the coin. What do you think?

Christian August 5, 2015 at 12:04 pm

I recently traded in a 10$ bill for a roll of quarters… It is a roll of the Blue Ridge Parkway (P) coins. A few have doubled “UNUM.” It is slight but it is there… I’m taking pictures tonight. Could these be worth anything?

ltong October 3, 2015 at 7:58 pm

I found 3 blue ridge parkway quarters in the grand state of Texas

Eric October 17, 2015 at 12:25 pm

I have a quarter with no mint stamp on it. Is this worth something besides a quarter?

Tammy LaPointe February 27, 2016 at 7:10 pm

I have 3 blue ridge parkway quarters on the p 2015 the 5 is different i have 2 p 1 d and the other ones the 5 is the same!

Tallmadge May 18, 2016 at 5:50 am

I have one Blue Ridge Parkway quarter, with a mint stamp of P

BranDon June 20, 2016 at 7:48 pm

I found a cameo style Blue Ridge quarter in my possession today randomly…what is the value? Has an S printed on it as well. It is circulated, lightly, so I know it will affect the value, just curious.

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