Closing out the United States Mint America the Beautiful Quarters Program® for 2014 is the Everglades National Park Quarter for Florida.
Released into circulation on November 3, 2014, it is 25th strike created for the 11-year program that will encompass at least 56 new quarters throughout its life.
November 3 is also when the United States Mint started selling rolls, two-roll sets and bags of Everglades National Park Quarters to the public. One month later, on December 4, the U.S. Mint and National Park Service will officially introduce the America the Beautiful Quarter to the public.
Design on Everglades National Park Quarter
Design for all five 2014 America the Beautiful Quarters were unveiled by the United States Mint in December 2013. Appearing on the Everglades quarter is an anhinga with outstretched wings on a willow tree with a roseate spoonbill visible in the mid-ground. Inscriptions circling the design read: EVERGLADES, FLORIDA, 2014 and E PLURIBUS UNUM.
This design was created by Joel Iskowitz and it was sculpted by Joseph Menna. It was selected from among six different design candidates. The candidates were reviewed by representatives of Everglades National Park, the United States Commission of Fine Arts, and the Citizen’s Coinage Advisory Committee. The United States Mint then made recommendation to the Secretary of Treasury who is responsible for selecting all new U.S. coin designs.
Additional 2014 America the Beautiful Quarter releases for the year include:
- Great Smoky Mountains National Park Quarter
- Shenandoah National Park Quarter
- Arches National Park Quarter
- Great Sand Dunes National Park Quarter
Everglades National Park in Florida
Encompassing the southern quarter of the everglades marshland in Florida, the park is touted as the largest subtropical wilderness in the United States. The park is also the third largest in the continental United States at 1.5 million acres. Different from most national parks, Everglades was created to protect a fragile ecosystem rather than a geological feature.
Unknown to most, the everglades is actually a slow-moving system of rivers traveling at speeds well under 1 mile per day. As such, it makes an ideal habitat for hundreds of species of birds, fish, mammals and over 50 species of reptiles to include alligators and American crocodiles.
Four species of venomous snakes can be found in the waters of the Everglades, including the eastern diamondback rattlesnake, the dusky pigmy rattlesnake, the cottonmouth snake and the coral snake. However, along with the other dangerous creatures of the region like alligators, most tend to shy away from people. Very few attacks are ever recorded.
The most pleasant time of year to visit the Everglades is from December through April when the average highs reach in the 70’s and lows in the 50’s. Summertime is hot and humid and the rainy season runs from June through October.