Release dates for the 2014 National Park Quarters are now available, published on the Federal Reserve Bank Services website (www.frbservices.org).
Dates not only tell when this year’s quarters will enter circulation for commerce but also when the United States Mint will begin selling them to the public through its website (www.usmint.gov).
The series of coins, officially named the America the Beautiful Quarters®, are in the fifth year of release. This year all the coins celebrate national parks with reverse designs that are mindful of the Great Smoky Mountains National Park in Tennessee, the Shenandoah National Park in Virginia, the Arches National Park in Utah, the Great Sand Dunes National Park in Colorado, and the Everglades National Park in Florida. The series will continue through to 2021 until one national site is honored in every U.S. state, U.S. territory and the District of Columbia. (See quarter release schedule.)
Circulation release dates for the 2014 National Park Quarters are:
|Honored Site||Release Date|
|Great Smoky Mountains National Park||January 27, 2014|
|Shenandoah National Park||March 31, 2014|
|Arches National Park||June 9, 2014|
|Great Sand Dunes National Park||August 25, 2014|
|Everglades National Park||November 3, 2014|
As mentioned, not only do the release dates give notice for when the coins will enter circulation, but also for when the U.S. Mint will offer them. Unlike the 50 States Quarters® Program, local financial institutions cannot order quarters by a specific design from Federal Reserve Banks. That is why it can take a long time for new quarters to make their way into circulation — even in the area/state that a new quarter honors. Coin enthusiasts, therefore, will order bags and rolls of the new quarters straight from the United States Mint.
Another benefit of ordering from the U.S. Mint is buyers can get quarters from all of the U.S. minting facilities that produce them — the Denver Mint, Philadelphia Mint and San Francisco Mint. Most times when new quarters do arrive in an area they will originate from either the Denver Mint or the Philadelphia Mint, whichever is nearest.
Read more about the 2014 National Park Quarters.