2014 America the Beautiful Quarters commemorating Great Sand Dunes National Park in Colorado were released into circulation today, Aug. 25, and the United States Mint also started selling them in numismatic rolls and bags.
While the quarters began their journey into circulation, it’ll take time for them to make it to your pockets, if you find them at all. Banks cannot order quarters by a certain design or from a particular U.S. Mint production facility. Also, unlike quarters from the Philadelphia Mint or Denver Mint, those from the San Francisco Mint are not released into circulation because they are produced solely for numismatic sales. These are some of the reasons why many collectors order new quarters directly from the Mint.
Designs of Great Sand Dunes Quarters
The reverse or tails side design features a father and son playing in the sand next to a creek bed. Behind them are the park’s distinctive mountains and sand dunes. Inscriptions on this side of the coin read: GREAT SAND DUNES, COLORADO, 2014 and E PLURIBUS UNUM. Design candidates were developed in consultation with representatives of Great Sand Dunes National Park and Preserve. The eventual design, shown below, was selected by the Treasury Secretary after reviews and consulting with various parties.
Obverses or heads sides are common among all America the Beautiful Quarters, featuring the 1932 portrait of George Washington by John Flanagan. 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, respectively.
Product Options and Pricing
Great Sand Dunes National Park Quarters are available in six different numismatic products ranging in price from $18.95 to $46.95. The least expensive of these products is the 40-coin roll from the San Francisco Mint for $18.95. There is also a two-roll set for $32.95, which has one 40-coin roll from the Denver Mint and one 40-coin roll from the Philadelphia Mint. These America the Beautiful Quarters are also available in 100-coin bags for $34.95 each. Bags can be ordered with quarters from each of the minting facilities, Denver, Philadelphia or San Francisco.
Here is a handy chart listing the product options 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|
Ordering the Great Sand Dunes National Park ATB Quarters
Anyone interested in adding these quarters to their collection may do so by visiting the U.S. Mint’s website at www.usmint.gov. Here is the link to the Mint’s online product page. Products may also be ordered by calling 1-800-USA-MINT (872-6468).
There are no household ordering limits or mintage limits for these products as early demand will ultimately decide how many are offered.
2014 America the Beautiful Quarters
Great Sand Dunes National Park Quarters are the fourth released, of five, in 2014 from the United States Mint’s America the Beautiful Quarters® Program. They are 24th overall in the series.
Most years the program releases quarters that commemorate National Parks along with National Forests and other national sites like memorials. However, this year, all five quarters honor national parks. The other four parks celebrated this year are Great Smoky Mountains National Park in Tennessee, Shenandoah National Park in Virginia, Arches National Park in Utah and Everglades National Park in Florida. The quarter for Everglades National Park is due out in November. Check here for quarter news and past release information.
The program of America the Beautiful Quarters began in 2010 and has released five new quarters each year. Unless extended, when it concludes in 2021 a total of 56 quarters will be issued with one for a site in each state, territory and the District of Columbia. All 56 sites have already been selected.