On Tuesday, June 24, the U.S. Mint will release the 2014 Arches National Park Quarters Three-Coin Set.
This set has three collectible and different versions of Arches National Park Quarters that are in protective blisters and mounted to an attractive display card. The three-coin set includes:
2014-P Arches National Park Quarter in uncirculated quality from the U.S. Mint facility in Philadelphia.
2014-S Arches National Park Quarter in proof quality struck at the U.S. Mint facility in San Francisco.
2014-D Arches National Park Quarter in uncirculated quality produced at the U.S. Mint facility in Denver.
Each of the quarters is nearly identical. Differences are in their collector finishes and mint marks of D, P or S. The quarters from Denver and Philadelphia are manufactured to uncirculated quality where greater pressure is used in striking the coins compared to their circulating counterparts. (Arches quarters were ceremoniously unveiled on June 6, 2014 and issued for circulation on June 9.) This typically results in enhanced detail. Additional pressure is also used to make the set’s proof quality coin from San Francisco. Proof coins are also produced using hand-polished proof blanks — the metal discs used to create coins, and polished dies which strike them. This results in quarters with frosted, sculpted foregrounds and mirror-like backgrounds.
Adding to the set’s presentation, the display card has a photographic image of the main attraction in Arches National Park of Utah — Delicate Arch, which is a 65-foot freestanding natural arch that is also sculpted on the coins. The back of the display card offers information about the park and a certificate of authenticity for the coins.
National Park Quarter Releases
Arches National Park Quarters are the third 2014-dated release from the United States Mint’s America the Beautiful Quarters® Program. Coins of the series debuted in 2010 with five annual releases each depicting a different national park or national site. One site was selected from each of the fifty U.S. states, the District of Columbia and the five U.S. territories. 2014 National Park Quarters honor the following locations:
- Great Smoky Mountains National Park of Tennessee,
- Shenandoah National Park of Virginia,
- Arches National Park of Utah,
- Great Sand Dunes National Park of Colorado and
- Everglades National Park of Florida.
Arches National Park Quarter Designs
The design on the reverse or tails side of Arches quarters is emblematic of the national park of Utah. Depicting Delicate Arch, it was created by United States Mint Artistic Infusion Program (AIP) Master Designer Donna Weaver and executed by United States Mint Sculptor-Engraver Charles L Vickers. Reverse inscriptions include ARCHES, UTAH, 2014, and E PLURIBUS UNUM.
America the Beautiful Quarters bear the same basic obverse (heads side) portrait of George Washington. The image was created by artist John Flanagan and first appeared on circulating quarter dollars in 1932. Inscriptions around the effigy include UNITED STATES OF AMERICA, LIBERTY, IN GOD WE TRUST, and QUARTER DOLLAR.
Ordering Arches Quarters Three-Coin Sets
Beginning at noon (Eastern) on Tuesday, July 24th, the Arches National Park Quarters Three-Coin Set will be available through the U.S. Mint’s online catalog at http://catalog.usmint.gov/ or by telephone at 1-800-U.S.A-MINT (872-6468).
There are no ordering limits with customer demand deciding the final product limits.