The first America the Beautiful Quarter for 2014 launched into circulation today, January 27, 2014. Now available are 2014 Great Smoky Mountains National Park Quarters with designs emblematic of the national site found in the state of Tennessee.
In addition to beginning their journey into circulation, the United States Mint began selling the quarters in single rolls, two-roll sets, three-roll sets, and bags at prices from $18.95 to $46.95.
Banks cannot order America the Beautiful Quarters by a specific design, which is why it can take a long time for some of the new quarters to find their way into certain parts of the country. Ordering 2014 Great Smoky Mountains Quarters directly from the U.S. Mint is a way to get them early and, typically, in better condition. Plus, buyers can get them from all the U.S. minting facilities that produce them — the Denver Mint, the Philadelphia Mint and the San Francisco Mint.
Designs on 2014 Great Smoky Mountains Quarters
Appearing on the reverse (tails side) of Great Smoky Mountains Quarters is a design showing a historic log cabin found within Great Smoky Mountains National Park. It depicts a segment of the lush green forest and hawk circling above. Reverse inscriptions include GREAT SMOKY MOUNTAINS, TENNESSEE, 2014 and E PLURIBUS UNUM. The image was designed by Chris Costello and executed (sculpted) by Renata Gordon.
America the Beautiful Quarters and companion America the Beautiful Five Ounce Silver Coins have the same basic obverse (heads side) design, which is a portrait of George Washington by John Flanagan. Obverse inscriptions around the president read UNITED STATES OF AMERICA, LIBERTY, IN GOD WE TRUST and QUARTER DOLLAR.
US Mint Circulating-Quality Products with America the Beautiful Quarters
The main mission of the United States Mint is to strike coins, like the America the Beautiful Quarters, for use in commerce. The Mint accepts coinage orders from the Federal Reserve Bank system, which in turn fulfills orders from financial institutions. Amounts produced are based on demand for denominations. However, some of the circulation quality coins are set aside by the Mint for use in collector products such as rolls, sets and bags.
These rolls, bags and sets are filled with Great Smoky Mountains Quarters produced at the U.S. Mint’s facilities in Philadelphia, Denver and San Francisco. The first two locations are responsible for producing the circulating coinage of the nation. San Francisco quarters are struck solely for collectible/collector purposes.
2014 P, D & S Great Smoky Mountains Quarters Three-Roll Sets
One of the most popular product options from the Mint will be Great Smoky Mountains Quarter Three-Roll Sets for $46.95. These sets have three rolls of 40 circulation quality quarters each from Philadelphia, Denver and San Francisco.
Imprinted on each roll is ‘America the Beautiful Quarters® Program’, ‘Great Smoky Mountains National Park’, the abbreviation ‘TN’ for Tennessee, ‘$10’, and ‘P’, ‘D’ or ‘S’ to mark the minting facility.
2014 P&D Great Smoky Mountains Quarters Two-Roll Sets
Great Smoky Mountains Quarter Two-Roll Sets have quarters from the two facilities responsible for striking coinage for circulation — Philadelphia and Denver. Each roll contains 40 quarters.
In fact, the two rolls are the same as those in the three-roll sets. Pricing is $32.95.
2014-S Great Smoky Mountains Quarters 40-Coin Rolls
For $18.95, single rolls of Great Smoky Mountains Quarters from the San Francisco Mint may also be purchased. As discussed, these coins are struck for numismatic purposes and are issued only in collector products such as this.
San Francisco produced circulation quality quarters made their debut in 2012.
2014 Great Smoky Mountains Quarters 100-Coin Bags
100-coin bags of the new quarters are also available for $34.95. These bags have 100 circulation quality quarters with the buyer’s choice of those from Philadelphia, Denver or San Francisco.
Printed on the canvas bags are U.S. MINT, QUARTERS and $25.00. A label sewn into the closing stitches of the bag indicates the specific contents.
Where to Order the Rolls, Sets and Bags
These new Great Smoky Mountains Quarters are available straight from the United States Mint. The U.S. 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
Great Smoky Mountains Quarters are the first of five 2014 America the Beautiful Quarters for issue by the United States Mint. Upcoming releases for the year include:
- 2014 Shenandoah National Park Quarters honoring the national park in Virginia.
- 2014 Arches National Park Quarters honoring the national park in Utah.
- 2014 Great Sand Dunes National Park Quarters honoring the national park in Colorado.
- 2014 Everglades National Park Quarters honoring the national park in Florida.
Together with the Great Smoky Mountains release, these five coins represent the twenty-first through twenty-fifth of the America the Beautiful Quarters® Program. The program kicked off in 2010 and features five new coins each year that honor a different site of national interest. The program will continue until at least 2021.
Great Smoky Mountains Quarter Launch Ceremony, Coin Exchange & Coin Forum
The 2014 Great Smoky Mountains National Park Quarter will be ceremoniously released on January 29, 2014 at 10:00 a.m. ET. National Park Service and United States Mint officials will introduce the coin at:
Mills Auditorium (at the Gatlinburg Convention Center)
234 Historic Nature Trail
Gatlinburg, TN 37738
This ceremony is free and open to the public. Children who attend will receive one of the new coins for free. Others can exchange cash for $10 rolls of them.
There is a U.S. Mint-hosted coin forum on the evening prior to the ceremony. It is also free and open to the public. Beginning at 5 p.m., it will be held at:
Great Smoky Mountains National Park – Sugarlands Visitor Center
1420 Little River Road
Gatlinburg, TN 37738
2014 Great Smoky Mountains Five Ounce Silver Coins
Also available will be Great Smoky Mountains National Park Five Ounce Silver Bullion Coins, issued as part of the America the Beautiful Five Ounce Silver Bullion Coin™ series, and Great Smoky Mountains National Park Five Ounce Silver Uncirculated Coins, issued as part of the America the Beautiful Five Ounce Silver Uncirculated Coin™ series. These coins are minted from five ounces of .999 fine silver to a diameter of three inches and feature the same basic designs as found on related America the Beautiful Quarters.
On sale dates for the five ounce coins have yet to be published by the United States Mint.