The fourth of five America the Beautiful Quarters for 2014 is the 2014 Great Sand Dunes National Park Quarter. This strike also marks the 24th coin in the U.S. quarters program which began in 2010 and lasts at least until 2021 with a total of 56 quarters.
As illustrated in the above image, the reverse design is symbolic of the Great Sand Dunes National Park in Colorado. More details about the design are provided further below.
This 2014 America the Beautiful Quarter enters circulation beginning on August 25, 2014. That is also the date when the United States Mint starts to sell rolls, sets and bags of the quarter at www.usmint.gov/catalog. On September 3, 2014, the U.S. Mint and the National Park Service will officially introduce the U.S. quarter in a release ceremony, which follows with a coin exchange where the public can exchange cash for rolls of the new quarters.
Designs on Great Sand Dunes Quarters
2014 America the Beautiful Quarter designs were revealed by the U.S. Mint in December 2013. Found on Great Sand Dunes National Park Quarters a father and son playing in the sand next to the creek bed. Mountains and sand dunes appear in the background. Inscriptions circling the design read: GREAT SAND DUNES, COLORADO, 2014 and E PLURIBUS UNUM.
This design was created and executed by U.S. Mint Sculptor-Engraver Don Everhart. It was selected from among seven different design candidates. The candidates were reviewed by representatives of Great Sand Dunes National Park, the United States Commission of Fine Arts (CFA), and the Citizen’s Coinage Advisory Committee (CCAC). The U.S. Mint made the final recommendation to the Secretary of Treasury who is responsible for selecting all new coin designs.
Obverses of America the Beautiful Quarters share the traditional portrait of George Washington, the first President of the United States.
Other 2014 America the Beautiful Quarter for the year include:
- Great Smoky Mountains National Park Quarter
- Shenandoah National Park Quarter
- Arches National Park Quarter
- Everglades National Park Quarter
Great Sand Dunes National Park in Colorado
Containing approximately 85,000 acres, the Great Sand Dunes National Park in Colorado was designated a national park only in 2004, but had been a national monument since 1932.
The park has the tallest sand dunes in North America with heights reaching 750 feet above the floor of the valley below. These dunes are constantly regenerating themselves through a very complex process. For example, sand is blown off of the main dune mass during windy days, but gets caught up either in the Medano Creek when it is flowing, or its creek bed when it is dry. When it is flowing, the sand is carried back to the southern edge where the creek dries up and the sand is blown back onto the main mass.
Also found within the park are alpine lakes and several mountain peaks which reach heights of over 13,000 feet.
Temperature extremes are common in the park with the sand itself easily attaining 140 degrees during hot summer days. Appropriate attire including boots or closed shoes is highly recommended for those wanting to hike.