On Monday, August 25, the United States Mint begins selling rolls and bags with 2014 Great Sand Dunes National Park Quarters.
Monday also marks when the quarters launch into circulation, distributed by the Federal Reserve Bank system. This coin is the fourth of the five 2014-dated national park quarters from the U.S. Mint’s America the Beautiful Quarters® Program and the twenty-fourth overall.
Rolls and bags include Great Sand Dunes quarters produced in circulating quality at United States Mint facilities in San Francisco, Denver and Philadelphia. Products and their prices include:
- 40-Coin Rolls from San Francisco for $18.95
- Two-Roll Sets of 40 Philadelphia & 40 Denver for $32.95
- Three-Roll Sets of 40 Philadelphia, 40 Denver, & 40 San Francisco for $46.95
- 100-Coin Bags from San Francisco for $34.95
- 100-Coin Bags from Philadelphia for $34.95
- 100-Coin Bags from Denver for $34.95
Obverses or heads sides of Great Sand Dunes National Park Quarters offer the familiar portrait of George Washington. This portrait was created by John Flanagan and has been on quarters since 1932. Inscriptions around the portrait read: UNITED STATES OF AMERICA, LIBERTY, IN GOD WE TRUST and QUARTER DOLLAR.
Reverses or tails side have a design emblematic of Great Sand Dunes National Park of Colorado. The scene, both designed and executed by United States Mint Sculptor-Engraver Don Everhart, depicts a father and son playing in the sand next to a creek bed. The park’s distinctive mountains and sand dunes appear in the background. Inscriptions include GREAT SAND DUNES, COLORADO, 2014, and E PLURIBUS UNUM.
Ordering Rolls and Bags of Quarters
New national park quarters are difficult to find in circulation, and that is one reason the U.S. Mint sells them in rolls and bags. In addition, quarters struck at the San Francisco Mint are issued solely for collectible purposes and are not released into circulation.
To order quarters in rolls or bags when they are released, visit the U.S. Mint website at http://www.usmint.gov/ or order by phone at 1-800-USA-MINT (872-6468).
5 Ounce Silver Coin Versions
The U.S. Mint also strikes five ounce silver versions of the quarters — one intended for investors and one intended for collectors. Both the 2014 Great Sand Dunes National Park Five Ounce Silver Bullion Coin and the 2014 Great Sand Dunes National Five Ounce Silver Uncirculated Coins have the same basic designs as found on the associated quarters, but they are composed of five ounces of .999 pure silver and feature a large diameter of 3.0 inches.
The bullion coins are sold through the Mint’s network of authorized purchasers whereas the uncirculated coins are sold directly to the public by the U.S. Mint. The bullion coin also launches on Monday, August 24, 2014. The uncirculated coin is scheduled for release on September 15, 2014. At that time, it will also be available from http://www.usmint.gov/.
Public Release Ceremony for Quarter
An official Great Sand Dunes quarter release ceremony is scheduled for Thursday, September 4, 2014. The event kicks off at 10 a.m. MT and will be held at:
Great Sand Dunes National Park
Dunes Parking Area
Mosca, CO 81146
After the ceremony, a coin exchange opens where attendees can swap cash for rolls of the new quarters.
At 7:00 p.m. on the previous night, September 3, the United States Mint will host a coin forum where anyone can ask questions of Mint officials. The coin forum will be hosted at:
Alamosa Recreation Center
2222 Old Sanford Road
Alamosa, CO 81101
Past and Upcoming 2014 National Park Quarters
These roll and bag products follow three other quarter releases this year. Those honoring Great Smoky Mountains National Park of Tennessee launched on January 27, 2014, those celebrating Shenandoah National Park of Virginia launched on March 31, 2014, and those honoring Arches National Park of Utah launched on June 9, 2014. The final quarter of the year debuts in November and celebrates Everglades National Park of Florida.