Arches National Park Quarters in circulating quality are available in one week, on June 9, 2014 — three days after the United States Mint and National Park Service officially reveal them to the public.
The 9th is when the U.S. Mint will release products of single rolls, two-roll sets and bags of the quarters emblematic of the national park in Utah. It also marks when Arches quarters begin to enter circulation via orders fulfilled by Federal Reserve Banks from financial institutions around the country.
Getting these new America the Beautiful Quarters from banks or in circulation can be a long-waiting proposition. Local banks cannot order new U.S. quarters by a certain design, and usually when they do appear in an area they are from only one of the U.S. Mint facilities that produce them. Most collectors like to have them from all locations. That’s why many turn to the U.S. Mint and order them.
Designs on 2014 Arches Quarters
On Arches quarters is a design created by Donna Weaver and executed by Charles L. Vickers. Featured is the famous Delicate Arch, a 65-foot freestanding natural arch that is the most widely recognizable landmark in Utah. Inscriptions are ARCHES, UTAH, 2014, and E PLURIBUS UNUM.
Obverses of America the Beautiful Quarters bear the portrait of George Washington. Inscriptions read: UNITED STATES OF AMERICA, LIBERTY, IN GOD WE TRUST and QUARTER DOLLAR.
US Mint Circulating-Quality Products with America the Beautiful Quarters
The vast majority of all coins struck by the Mint are destined for use in commerce, as that is the bureau’s primary mission. A small portion of circulation quality coins are reserved for use in special collector products, like those launching on the 9th with Arches quarters.
U.S. Mint facilities in Denver and Philadelphia are tasked with striking America’s circulating quality coins. Eventually, Arches quarters from these two plants will find their way into pocket change. As a special offering for collectors, the U.S. Mint in San Francisco also strikes quarters in circulating quality, but these will not enter circulation. They are only available in the products released on the June 9.
The six U.S. quarter products and their prices are:
|QUARTER PRODUCT||MINT MARK||PRICE|
|Two-Roll Set (40 coins per roll)||“P” and “D”||$32.95|
|100-Coin Bags||“P,” “D” or “S”||$34.95|
|Single Roll (40 coins)||“S”||$18.95|
|Three-Roll Set||“P,” “D” and “S”||$46.95|
Where to Order the Rolls, Sets and Bags
Arches quarters in single rolls, roll sets and 100-coin bags may be ordered directly from the United States Mint when released at 12:00 noon ET on June 9. The Mint’s website has a page dedicated to its series America the Beautiful Quarters, which is located here. Orders are also accepted by calling 1-800-USA-MINT (872-6468).
2014 America the Beautiful Quarters
As has been the case each year since the America the Beautiful Quarters series started in 2010, there are five 2014 quarter releases. They include:
- 2014 Great Smoky Mountains National Park Quarters honoring the national park in Tennessee, released on January 27.
- 2014 Shenandoah National Park Quarters honoring the national park in Virginia, released on March 31.
- 2014 Great Sand Dunes National Park Quarters honoring the national park in Colorado, scheduled for release on August 25.
- 2014 Everglades National Park Quarters honoring the national park in Florida, scheduled for release on November 3.
These five U.S. quarters are the twenty-first through twenty-fifth of the America the Beautiful Quarters® Program. The program, scheduled to go until at least 2021, celebrates national parks and national sites in each state, the District of Columbia and the five U.S. territories.
Arches Quarter Launch Ceremony, Coin Exchange & Coin Forum
In addition to the circulation release and sales of rolls and bags, a public launch ceremony for the Arches National Park Quarter has also been scheduled. The ceremony is planned for Friday, June 6, 2014, 9 a.m. MDT.
Location of the event:
Arches National Park Visitor Center
3015 S. US Hwy 191
Moab, Utah 84532
The U.S. Mint provided this note about the ceremony and transportation to it:
Shuttle buses will transport visitors to and from the event. Shuttle service will begin at 7:15 a.m. from the Helen M. Knight Elementary School in Moab with the last shuttle departing at 8:15 a.m. Visitor Center parking is extremely limited and expected to fill quickly. Shuttle use or carpooling will be required. Early arrival is highly recommended.
A coin exchange happens after the ceremony where attendees can exchange cash for rolls of the new America the Beautiful Quarters.
Also, on the previous night, June 5, at 5:30 p.m. MDT, a coin forum is planned. At the forum, U.S. Mint officials will be available to answer questions from the public.
Location of the forum:
Zions Bank Community Room
330 S. Main Street, Moab
2014 Arches Five Ounce Silver Coins
America the Beautiful Five Ounce Silver Coins, in bullion and collector uncirculated, are also struck and sold by the U.S. Mint. Designs on the two coins are identical to the associated U.S. quarters, but are much larger since they appear on three-inch, five-ounce 99.9% fine silver coins.
The Arches National Park Five Ounce Silver Uncirculated Coin is scheduled for release on June 12, 2014. The bullion coin will likely be available for order around the 9th through coin and precious metal dealers.