Design candidates for the 2014 America the Beautiful Quarters were reviewed late last year by the Commission of Fine Arts (CFA) and Citizen’s Coinage Advisory Committee (CCAC).
A consensus proved elusive for the two bodies as they selected just two of the same designs. Then again, there were twenty-nine design candidates to consider.
Scheduled to appear next year in the America the Beautiful Quarters® Program are coins honoring:
- Great Smoky Mountain National Park in Tennessee,
- Shenandoah National Park in Virginia,
- Arches National Park in Utah,
- Great Sand Dunes National Park in Colorado, and
- Everglades National Park in Florida
The five 2014 coins represent the twenty-first through twenty-fifth honored in the series of America the Beautiful Quarters.
The America’s Beautiful National Parks Quarter Dollar Coin Act of 2008 (Public Law 110-456), which authorized the ATB quarters series, requires that both the CFA and the CCAC review designs. Their specific recommendations for the 2014 America the Beautiful Quarters are detailed below:
2014 Great Smoky Mountains National Park Quarter Design Candidates – Tennessee
Four design candidates for the Great Smoky Mountains National Park Quarter were submitted to the CFA and CCAC. The CFA recommended TN-03 at its meeting on November 15, 2012, commenting that it was "a strong design that conveys the character of the park’s landscape."
In contrast, none of the designs achieved a 50% scoring threshold at the CCAC’s meeting on November 27, 2012. The closest design was TN-01, which was rated with 13 of 30 possible points under the committee’s system. Accordingly, members of the CCAC approved a motion recommending that the U.S. Mint provide new designs for consideration.
2014 Shenandoah National Park Quarter Design Candidates – Virginia
Both the CFA and the CCAC agreed on VA-05 as their recommended design for the Shenandoah National Park Quarter. Both bodies, however, requested changes.
The CFA noted that the road’s geometry as "a straight segment is uncharacteristic of a parkway design" and requested further study. CCAC members suggested the removal of the top three rows of mountains as well as the tree and foliage near the hiker.
There were a total of five design candidates for the Shenandoah National Park Quarter.
2014 Arches National Park Quarter Design Candidates – Utah
UT-01 was the CFA’s design candidate of choice for the Arches National Park Quarter. The body felt that, of the designs offered, UT-01 conveyed a sense of experiencing the national park.
The Citizen’s Coinage Advisory Committee preferred UT-02 for the quarter-dollar. Members felt that the "design’s portrayal of Delicate Arch was an iconic image for Arches National Park and that the design was well executed."
In all, there were seven America the Beautiful Quarters design candidates for the Arches National Park Quarter.
2014 Great Sand Dunes National Park Quarter Design Candidates – Colorado
Of the seven design candidates offered for the Great Sand Dunes National Park Quarter, the Commission of Fine Arts preferred CO-06. It commented that the design "best conveys a distinction between the foreground, midground, and background landscapes."
A consensus was not reached by the CCAC. CO-03 attained the highest number of points under the commission’s scoring system with 9 out of 30. Again, new design candidates were requested since the 50 percent threshold was not reached.
2014 Everglades National Park Quarter Design Candidates – Florida
Six America the Beautiful Quarters design candidates were presented by the U.S. Mint for the Everglades National Park Quarter. Both the CFA and the CCAC recommended design candidate FL-04. Both also recommended changes to the design.
The CFA requested that the cloud be removed from the background of the design. The CCAC made the same recommendation along with the removal of some of the foliage to improve the "contrast between the anhinga and the negative space
Final Selections for 2014 America the Beautiful Quarters Designs
Final design selections for next year’s 2014 America the Beautiful Quarters will be made by the Secretary of the Treasury. These selections will likely be unveiled by the U.S. Mint in December.