The second quarter-dollar from the United States Mint for 2014 is the 2014 Shenandoah National Park Quarter. It is the twenty-second from the series of America the Beautiful Quarters® honoring national sites throughout the U.S. and its territories.
As shown in the quarter image directly above, the reverse design honors Shenandoah National Park in the state of Virginia.
This 2014 America the Beautiful Quarter enters circulation beginning on March 31, 2014 with the day also marking when the U.S. Mint sells rolls and bags of the coins. The U.S. Mint and the National Park Service will jointly host an official quarter release ceremony a few days later at a yet unannounced date, time and location.
Reverses of the Shenandoah National Park Quarter depict a day hiker taking in the view from Little Stony Man summit, as designed and sculpted by Phebe Hemphill. Inscriptions circling the design read: SHENANDOAH, VIRGINIA, 2014 and E PLURIBUS UNUM.
This design was selected from among five design candidates after reviews by the Citizen’s Coinage Advisory Committee (CCAC), the Commission of Fine Arts (CFA) and other officials. The Secretary of Treasury was responsible for the final selection after receiving recommendations from the U.S. Mint.
All America the Beautiful Quarters, there are 56 planned through to 2021, feature an obverse or heads side design of George Washington as created by John Flanagan. Included inscriptions are UNITED STATES OF AMERICA, IN GOD WE TRUST, LIBERTY and QUARTER DOLLAR.
The other 2014 America the Beautiful Quarters for the year include:
- Great Smoky Mountains National Park Quarter
- Arches National Park Quarter
- Great Sand Dunes National Park Quarter
- Everglades National Park Quarter
Shenandoah National Park in Virginia
Established in 1935, the Shenandoah National Park encompasses a narrow portion of the Blue Ridge Mountains in Virginia.
The most recognizable feature in the park is known as Skyline Drive which is 105 miles in length and runs mostly along the ridge of the mountains. With over 75 scenic overlooks, it is not hard to understand why the speed limit on the road is only 35 miles an hour allowing for plenty of safe viewing and enjoyment along the winding course of the road.
Hawksbill Mountain is touted as the highest peak in the park with an elevation of 4,051 feet. While many partake of the excellent scenery around the aforementioned Skyline Drive, visitors should also note that nearly 40% of the park is designated wilderness affording a greater level of protection to it from commercial interests.
A number of waterfalls are located in the parks with the tallest being Overall Run with a height of 93 feet. Unfortunately, it takes a 6.5 mile round-trip hike to reach a viewing place for the falls. The 70 foot Dark Hallow Falls are much closer to Skyline Drive with a 1.4 mile round-trip hike, and as such it gets the largest number of spectators.
Many visitors to the park come in the fall to see the beautiful changing colors of the leaves.