Today, August 25, the United States Mint will offer for sale Great Sand Dunes Quarters.
Beginning at Noon (Eastern), the U.S. Mint will release single rolls, two-roll sets and bags of the fourth 2014-dated America the Beautiful Quarter which features a reverse design depicting the Great Sand Dunes National Park of Colorado. These quarters will also begin to enter circulation through the Federal Reserve Bank system. An official release ceremony will follow the next week.
For several reasons, anyone interested in Great Sand Dunes Quarters will likely want to get them from the United States Mint. First, it takes time for them to get into circulation as local banks are unable to order quarters by design. Second, when they finally do reach circulation, they tend to be from the nearest minting facility that made them (from Philadelphia or Denver). Third, San Francisco struck quarters will not be released into circulation and are only available from the U.S. Mint.
Designs on 2014 Great Sand Dunes National Park Quarters
Offered on reverses of 2014 Great Sand Dunes Quarters is a design emblematic of the national park as designed and executed by United States Mint Sculptor-Engraver Don Everhart. It shows a father and son playing in the sand next to a creek bed. Inscriptions include GREAT SAND DUNES, COLORADO, 2014, and E PLURIBUS UNUM.
Obverses of all America the Beautiful Quarters have the same portrait of George Washington. The image, by John Flanagan, has appeared on quarter-dollars since 1932 but was enhanced for use on the new series which began in 2010. Inscriptions surrounding the effigy include UNITED STATES OF AMERICA, LIBERTY, IN GOD WE TRUST, and QUARTER DOLLAR.
US Mint Circulating-Quality Products with America the Beautiful Quarters
Six different products appear as part of this Great Sand Dunes Quarter release. All feature circulation quality strikes but are packaged in different formats and are struck at one of three United States Mint facilities.
As broken down in the grid below, options include a single roll of quarters from the United States Mint facility in San Francisco; a two-roll set with one roll of Philadelphia quarters and one roll of Denver quarters; a three-roll set with one roll from each of the three facilities (Philadelphia, Denver and San Francisco); or 100-coin bags with buyer’s having the choice of production facility.
|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|
Of note and briefly mentioned earlier, the Philadelphia and Denver Mints are responsible for striking the circulating coinage of the nation, meaning you may eventually find coins from one of those two locations in your pocket-change. San Francisco Mint-struck quarters, however, are only for release in these special collector products.
Where to Order the Rolls, Sets and Bags
Great Sand Dunes National Park Quarters may be ordered directly from the United States Mint beginning at Noon (Eastern). A product page on the U.S. Mint’s website dedicated to the America the Beautiful Quarters Program is located here. Orders are also accepted by calling 1-800-USA-MINT (872-6468).
2014 America the Beautiful Quarters
The Mint’s America the Beautiful Quarters® Program debuted in 2010 and it features five new releases annually. The other four 2014 America the Beautiful Quarters include:
- 2014 Great Smoky Mountains National Park Quarters honoring the national park in Tennessee were released on January 27.
- 2014 Shenandoah National Park Quarters honoring the national park in Virginia were released on March 31.
- 2014 Arches National Park Quarters honoring the national park in Utah were released on June 9.
- 2014 Everglades National Park Quarters honoring the national park in Florida are scheduled for release on November 3.
The 2014 quarters represent the twenty-first through twenty-fifth of the America the Beautiful Quarters series. This program is scheduled to run until 2021 with one site honored from each state, the District of Columbia and the five U.S. territories.
Great Sand Dunes Quarter Launch Ceremony, Coin Exchange & Coin Forum
An official release ceremony for the quarter is scheduled for September 4, 2014. This event will be held at 10 A.M. (MT) in the Dunes Parking Area of the Great Sand Dunes National Park,
Mosca, CO 81146.
A coin exchange will be offered following the ceremony. At the exchange, attendees will be able to purchase rolls of the new America the Beautiful Quarters at face value.
The previous night, September 3, 2014, at 7 P.M. (MT), a coin forum will be hosted by the United States Mint where the public will be invited to ask questions of U.S. Mint officials. The location for the forum is listed as Alamosa Recreation Center,
2222 Old Sanford Road,
Alamosa, CO 81101.
2014 Great Sand Dunes Five Ounce Silver Coins
Along with the quarters, the United States Mint also strikes America the Beautiful Five Ounce Silver Coins featuring the same basic design. These five ounce coins, in bullion and collector uncirculated formats, are composed of .999 fine silver and feature a diameter of three inches.
The Great Sand Dunes National Park Five Ounce Silver Uncirculated Coin is scheduled for release directly from the U.S. Mint on September 15, 2014. The associated bullion coin was made available earlier today and can be ordered from coin and precious metals dealers.