The 2014 Great Sand Dunes National Park Quarters Three-Coin Set became available today, September 8, from the United States Mint.
Found within the set are three different versions of the Great Sand Dunes National Park Quarter. All three are attached to the same durable display card which includes a photographic image of the national park. The Three-Coin Set has a:
2014-P Great Sand Dunes National Park Quarter in uncirculated quality
2014-S Great Sand Dunes National Park Quarter in proof quality
2014-D Great Sand Dunes National Park Quarter in uncirculated quality
To the naked eye, the three coins of the set are nearly identical. Major differences include two different collector-grade finishes and three different mint marks denoting where the quarters were made.
The center coin is struck to proof quality and contains an ‘S’ mint mark from the San Francisco Mint. Proof coins are struck using hand-polished proof blanks and specially polished dies at greater pressure than their circulating counterparts. This results in a coin with enhanced detail, having a frosted, sculpted foreground and a mirror-like background.
The outer coins are featured with an uncirculated finish and showcase ‘P’ and ‘D’ mint marks from the Mint facilities in Philadelphia and Denver. Uncirculated coins are also struck with greater pressure than their circulating counterparts, resulting in a greater level of detail.
The three quarters are in protective blisters which allow for viewing of both the obverse (heads) and reverse (tails) side of each coin. A photographic image of national park of Colorado appears on the front of the card with information about it and the included quarters printed on the back. A certificate of authenticity also appears on the back side.
National Park Quarter Releases
Great Sand Dunes National Park Quarters are the fourth of five to appear in 2014 from the United States Mint as part of its America the Beautiful Quarters® Program. Inaugural program strikes first appeared in 2010 with the series scheduled to feature five new releases annually until 2021. The five 2014 National Park Quarters honor:
- 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.
Each coin of the program celebrates a different site of national interest with one site chosen from each state, the District of Columbia and the five U.S. territories.
Ordering Great Sand Dunes Quarters Three-Coin Sets
The Great Sand Dunes National Park Quarters Three-Coin Set may be ordered online from the United States Mint at http://catalog.usmint.gov/ or by telephone at 1-800-U.S.A-MINT (872-6468). A link to the Mint’s website and its quarter products is always found to the right of this site.
There are no ordering limits with customer demand deciding the final product limits.