2014 America the Beautiful Quarter and Silver Coin Designs

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Earlier this month, the United States Mint unveiled the final design selections for the 2014 America the Beautiful Quarters® Program. These five designs are offered as the fifth year of releases for the program and feature reverses emblematic of national parks located in the states of Tennessee, Virginia, Utah, Colorado and Florida

With this design unveiling, images  for the 2014 America the Beautiful Silver Bullion Coins and the 2014 America the Beautiful Five Ounce Silver Uncirculated Coins are also known since they feature the same basic imagery as found on the associated quarter dollars. However, unlike the quarters, coins of the two silver programs are struck from five ounces of .999 fine silver and feature the diameter of three inches.

Featured 2014 America the Beautiful Coin locations include:

  • Great Smoky Mountains National Park of Tennessee
  • Shenandoah National Park of Virginia
  • Arches National Park of Utah
  • Great Sand Dunes National Park of Colorado
  • Everglades National Park of Florida

Multiple design candidates for each of the 2014 America the Beautiful coins were submitted earlier this year by the US Mint. These design candidates were reviewed by the Citizen's Coinage Advisory Committee, the United States Commission of Fine Arts and officials from the honored sites. Comments from these bodies and individuals were submitted to the Secretary of the Treasury along with US Mint official recommendations for final selection.

Those final America the Beautiful quarter and silver coin reverse design selections are shown below along with a short description provided by the US Mint:

Great Smoky Mountains National Park Quarter and Coin Design

emblematic of the national park in Tennessee

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The Great Smoky Mountains National Park quarter is the first of 2014 and the 21st overall in the America the Beautiful Quarters® Program.  This national park features wondrous biodiversity, with ridge upon ridge of forest straddling the border between Tennessee and North Carolina.  Great Smoky Mountains National Park is world renowned for its diverse plant and animal life, the beauty of its ancient mountains, and the quality of its remnants of southern Appalachian mountain culture.  It is America's most-visited national park.  It was first established as a national site on May 22, 1926 (44 Stat. 616).

 The reverse design depicts a historic log cabin found within Great Smoky Mountains National Park.  It features a segment of the lush green forest and hawk circling above.  Inscriptions are GREAT SMOKY MOUNTAINS, TENNESSEE, 2014 and E PLURIBUS UNUM.  Design candidates were developed in consultation with representatives of Great Smoky Mountains National Park.

Shenandoah National Park Quarter and Coin Design

emblematic of the national park in Virginia

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The Shenandoah National Park quarter is the second of 2014 and the 22nd overall in the America the Beautiful Quarters® Program.  Just 75 miles from Washington, D.C., Shenandoah National Park is an escape for travelers wanting a wide range of outdoor adventures.  It features cascading waterfalls, spectacular vistas and quiet wooded hollows. Park visitors enjoy hiking, meandering along the scenic Skyline Drive, or camping and picnicking with family or friends.  Park habitats provide a haven for black bear and numerous songbirds.  Creation of the park was authorized by legislation in 1926 (44 Stat. 616) with formal establishment in 1935 and dedication by President Franklin D. Roosevelt in 1936.

The reverse design depicts a day hiker taking in the view from Little Stony Man summit.  Inscriptions are SHENANDOAH, VIRGINIA, 2014 and E PLURIBUS UNUM.  Design candidates were developed in consultation with representatives of Shenandoah National Park.

Arches National Park Quarter and Coin Design

emblematic of the National Park in Utah

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The Arches National Park quarter is the third of 2014 and the 23rd overall in the America the Beautiful Quarters® Program.  This park is a red rock wonderland.  Visitors will discover a landscape of contrasting colors, landforms and textures unlike any others in the world.  Arches National Park has more than 2,000 natural stone arches, as well as hundreds of soaring pinnacles, massive fins and giant balanced rocks.  It was first established as a national site on April 12, 1929 (46 Stat. 2988).

The reverse depicts Delicate Arch, a 65-foot freestanding natural arch.  It is a widely recognizable landmark in Utah and the most famous arch found in the park.  It has been depicted on postage stamps and license plates.  The Olympic torch relay for the 2002 Winter Olympics passed through this arch.  The La Sal Mountains are visible in the background.  Inscriptions are ARCHES, UTAH, 2014 and E PLURIBUS UNUM.  Design candidates were developed in consultation with representatives of Arches National Park.

Great Sand Dunes National Park Quarter and Coin Design

emblematic of the national park in Colorado

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The Great Sand Dunes National Park quarter is the fourth of 2014 and the 24th overall in the America the Beautiful Quarters® Program.  Great Sand Dunes National Park and Preserve has the tallest dunes in North America as the centerpiece of the site’s diverse landscape of grasslands, wetlands, conifer and aspen forests, alpine lakes, and tundra.  These can be experienced through hiking, sand sledding, splashing in Medano Creek and watching wildlife.  The Great Sand Dunes National Park was first established as a national site on March 17, 1932 (47 Stat. 2506).

The reverse design features a father and son playing in the sand next to the creek bed.  The distinctive mountains and sand dunes are featured in the background.  Inscriptions are 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.

Everglades National Park Quarter and Coin Design

emblematic of the national park in Florida

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The Everglades National Park quarter is the fifth of 2014 and the 25th overall in the America the Beautiful Quarters® Program.  It is the largest subtropical wilderness in the United States.  Everglades National Park protects an unparalleled landscape that provides important habitat for numerous rare and endangered species like the manatee, American crocodile and elusive Florida panther.  An international treasure as well, it is designated as a world heritage site, international biosphere reserve and wetland of international importance. It was first established as a national site on May 30, 1934 (48 Stat. 816).

 The reverse design, inspired by the bird population in the Everglades, features an anhinga with outstretched wings on a willow tree with a roseate spoonbill visible in the mid-ground.  Both birds are found throughout the Everglades National Park.  Inscriptions are EVERGLADES, FLORIDA, 2014 and E PLURIBUS UNUM.  Design candidates were developed in consultation with representatives of Everglades National Park.



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