With this year drawing nearer to a close, interest in 2015 coin releases becomes more apparent. That is especially true for year-specific issues such as the 2015 America the Beautiful Quarters which honor national sites in Nebraska, Louisiana, North Carolina, Delaware and New York.
To help familiarize everyone with the new quarters, high-resolution images are now available. The scheduled circulation release dates for the coins are also known. Both are offered further below.
But first, a primer for those who have not followed the series… The America the Beautiful Quarters® Program debuted in 2010 and features five releases annually. Each honor a different site of national interest with one selected from each state, the District of Columbia and the five U.S. territories. In addition to the quarters themselves, the same imagery is found annually on two associated U.S. Mint programs including the three-inch America the Beautiful Five Ounce Silver Bullion Coins and companion America the Beautiful Five Ounce Silver Uncirculated Coins.
2015 America the Beautiful Quarter Release Dates
When a specific quarter is released into circulation via the Federal Reserve Bank system, rolls and bags of the coins also typically become available from the United States Mint. A corresponding official launch ceremony is also held near or in the honored site.
Circulation release dates for the 2015 America the Beautiful Quarters are scheduled as follows:
|Honored National Site||State||Release Dates|
|Homestead National Monument of America||Nebraska||Feb. 9, 2015|
|Kisatchie National Forest||Louisiana||Apr. 13, 2015|
|Blue Ridge Parkway||North Carolina||June 8, 2015*|
|Bombay Hook National Wildlife Refuge||Delaware||Sep. 14, 2015|
|Saratoga National Historical Park||New York||Nov. 16, 2015|
*Effective April 29, 2015, the Blue Ridge Parkway quarter release date has been changed from June 22, 2015 to June 8, 2015.
2015 America the Beautiful Quarter Images
Following a design selection process which involved multiple artists, officials of the sites and host jurisdictions, U.S. Mint personnel and review by two independent bodies, a final design for each honored site is selected by the Secretary of the Treasury. These designs were unveiled through line-art imagery earlier this year. Now, however, we have high-resolution images of actual 2015 America the Beautiful Quarters in uncirculated quality. They are shown below along with a brief description of each design.
Homestead National Monument of America Quarters
U.S. Mint Artistic Infusion Program (AIP) artist Ronald D. Sanders designed the reverse of the Homestead National Monument of America Quarter to represent three survival fundamentals common to homesteaders: food, shelter, and water. The image depicts corn stalks, a log home, and outdoor water pump along with the inscriptions of HOMESTEAD, NEBRASKA, 2015, and E PLURIBUS UNUM. U.S. Mint Sculptor-Engraver Jim Licaretz was in charge of sculpting.
Designer: Ronald D. Sanders
Sculptor: Jim Licaretz
Release Date: Feb. 9, 2015
Kisatchie National Forest Quarters
A wild turkey flying over blue stem grass is seen on the reverse of the Kisatchie National Forest Quarter. The image by AIP artist Susan Gamble also includes long leaf pine trees in the background. KISATCHIE, LOUISIANA, 2015, and E PLURIBUS UNUM inscriptions complete the design which was sculpted by United States Mint Sculptor-Engraver Joseph Menna.
Designer: Susan Gamble
Sculptor: Joseph Menna
Release Date: Apr. 13, 2015
Blue Ridge Parkway Quarters
The Blue Ridge Parkway Quarter offers a reverse design depicting a curved road hugging the side of a mountain as it enters a tunnel. North Carolina’s state flower (Cornus florida) can be seen in the foreground. Inscriptions include BLUE RIDGE PARKWAY, NORTH CAROLINA, 2015, and E PLURIBUS UNUM. The image was designed by AIP artist Frank Morris with sculpting by U.S. Mint Sculptor-Engraver Joseph Menna.
Designer: Frank Morris
Sculptor: Joseph Menna
Release Date: June 22, 2015
Bombay Hook National Wildlife Refuge Quarters
A great blue heron is seen in the foreground of the Bombay Hook National Wildlife Refuge Quarter with a great egret in the background. Both are set against the Refuge’s tidal salt marsh. BOMBAY HOOK, DELAWARE, 2015, and E PLURIBUS UNUM are offered as the reverse inscriptions. AIP artist Joel Iskowitz designed the reverse with U.S. Mint Sculptor-Engraver Phebe Hemphill sculpting.
Designer: Joel Iskowitz
Sculptor: Phebe Hemphill
Release Date: Sep. 14, 2015
Saratoga National Historical Park Quarters
A surrendering of British General John Burgoyne’s sword to American General Horatio Gates is shown on the Saratoga National Historical Park Quarter. The pivotal moment of the American Revolutionary War includes the inscription of BRITISH SURRENDER 1777 and is surrounded by additional inscriptions of SARATOGA, NEW YORK, 2015, and E PLURIBUS UNUM. The image was designed by AIP artist Barbara Fox with U.S. Mint Sculptor-Engraver Renata Gordon sculpting.
Designer: Barbara Fox
Sculptor: Renata Gordon
Release Date: Nov. 16, 2015
To keep apprised of past and current releases, visit this site’s section of news about America the Beautiful Quarters.
Still waiting for a sale date for the 2014 Limited Edition Silver Proof Set.
Jim, I think us mint wants to sell as many silver proof Eagles and silver proof sets as possible before this year ends and offer limited set in January. Aren’t limited sets cheaper?
I wouldn’t think so. I believe it’s just a repackaging of already issued coins and they usually charge more for that. I’m not sure the mint is allowed to issue new coins after the year of their date which leaves the mint less than a week to make this announcement. Selling coins after their issue year apparently is allowed (which I personally disagree with).
Yes, the Mint selling products the calendar year afterward makes no financial sense – it is the same as them saying that they know their products are of no value and they are begging you to buy them. It is BAD business. They need to sell products only in the same calendar year, and having lower, random mintages would certainly help. Imagine one year the Mint Proof Set sells out in March after only 144,311 units made! WOW!
I think it’s more a reflection of bad management at the mint (aka Dep Dir Peterson) to produce quantities beyond demand. I wouldn’t stop sales of a popular beginners set in March but I would announce a last sale date for such favorites and let the mintages be determined by close of business on that date. In fact I think the mint should announce last sale dates for all items that don’t have mintage limits. And keep a sales counter for each product on the website so that people can tell how close a product is to a sell out.… Read more »
Only 7 more years to complete my collection.
I,would have to agree with much that”s been said ,unfortunately the mint does not operate as a privately held company. The annually sold product should be limited to no more than was sold in the previous year and sales of the particular product should be suspended at years end and stop the pop up fire sales.Commeratives ,cut them by at least 40 -50 percent peak the collectors interest,announce what the max number is.Collectors will buy quicker and promise a sell out.Special set limit them to 30,000.Poll us ask us what we want.Stop offering special deals to bulk buyers such as… Read more »
Have a Healthy Happy Prosperous 2015 and collect selectively.
Remember it’s Congress that decides the quantities of commemoratives, not the mint. And Congress isn’t interested in coin collectors but rather in raising the max they can for their favorite charity that the surcharges are given to. At least the law boilerplate always limits sales to the year of issue.
Good luck with bullion coins, the government always favors commerce.
new at this, how do you buy direct from the mints. thanks a bunch
Go to usmint.gov
We have a 2015 Nebraska misprint where the line goes through the whole 2015 year….has anyone else seen this?
I got the kisatchie and the circle on the back is also on the face. It feels light so either it had to much pressure and started to come through on the front or it somehow flipped and got the front. Any idea??
I wish the mint would sell coins rolls of 5 or 10. I buy for my grandchildren and no way can i afford full rolls of P,D & S’s. When i was a youth and remember chasing these coins in my pa’s pocket change. Now alls the kids can collect is pennies, nickel & quarter P&D mint marks. Thanks Congress. Grandpa Cheech
I have one made in New York… Are they valuable?
marry zimmerman i believe if you hav the whole set, and due to it only being 2 years ago. i believe that they will be worth some money some day. give it time
I wouldn’t bank on it.