The third of five America the Beautiful Quarters for 2014 is the Arches National Park Quarter. It is the 23rd U.S. quarter in a series of 56 to appear as part of the program which began in 2010 and runs until at least 2021.
As seen in the quarter image above, the reverse design commemorates Arches National Park in the state of Utah.
This 2014 America the Beautiful Quarter enters circulation beginning on June 9, 2014, which is also the date when the U.S. Mint sells rolls and bags of the coins at www.usmint.gov/catalog. Three days earlier, on June 6, 2014, the U.S. Mint and the National Park Service will formally introduce the U.S. quarter to the public in a release ceremony that follows with a coin exchange where the public can swap money for rolls of the new quarters.
Design on Arches Quarters
Designs for the 2014 America the Beautiful Quarters were revealed by the United States Mint in December 2013. Appearing on Arches National Park Quarters is the 65-foot freestanding Delicate Arch, the park’s and Utah’s most recognized landmark. Inscriptions circling the design read: ARCHES, UTAH, 2014 and E PLURIBUS UNUM.
This design is the work of Donna Weaver with sculpting done by Charles L. Vickers. It was selected from seven different design candidates. The candidates were reviewed by representatives of Arches National Park, the Citizen’s Coinage Advisory Committee and the United States Commission of Fine Arts. The U.S. Mint made the final recommendation to the Secretary of Treasury who is responsible for selecting new coin designs.
Obverses of America the Beautiful Quarters share the traditional portrait of George Washington.
Additional 2014 America the Beautiful Quarter releases for the year include:
- Great Smoky Mountains National Park Quarter
- Shenandoah National Park Quarter
- Great Sand Dunes National Park Quarter
- Everglades National Park Quarter
Arches National Park in Utah
Located near Moab, Utah, Arches National Park consists of over 2,000 natural sandstone arches which have been created over thousands of years through the effects of erosion. For a portion of this time (since the last ice ago 10,000 years ago) humans have inhabited the region.
The area was originally designated a national monument in 1929 but was re-designated a national park in 1971 through an act of Congress. Today, around 800,000 estimated annual visitors trek to the park to take in the natural beauty. Of note, over 40 arches have collapsed since 1970.
One of the most popular tours offered within the park boundaries by the Park Service is the Fiery Furnace Tour. It offers a three-hour hike which is considered moderately strenuous but extremely scenic and enjoyable.
Visitors to the park must prepare for temperature extremes depending on the time of year in which they visit. Summer temperatures can exceed 100 degrees during the day with winter temperatures routinely dropping below freezing.