Tuesday, April 8, 2014, the United States Mint will release the 2014 Shenandoah National Park Quarters Three-Coin Set.
The set includes three different versions of the Shenandoah National Park Quarter that are attached to the same display card. Shenandoah Quarters were issued on March 31 for circulation.
Strikes found in the quarters three-coin set include:
2014-P Shenandoah National Park Quarter in uncirculated quality from the United State Mint facility in Philadelphia.
2014-S Shenandoah National Park Quarter in proof quality struck at the United States Mint facility in San Francisco.
2014-D Shenandoah National Park Quarter in uncirculated quality produced at the United States Mint facility in Denver.
Quarters of the three-coin set are nearly identical. The only major exceptions are the inclusion of the appropriate mint mark (P, D or S) on the coins and their finish. The quarters from Philadelphia and Denver are struck to uncirculated quality which uses greater pressure than their circulating counterparts typically resulting in enhanced detail. Additional striking pressure is also used for the proof quality coin from San Francisco. Also, proof quality coins from the United States Mint are produced using hand-polished proof blanks and specially polished dies resulting in quarters with a frosted, sculpted foreground and a mirror-like background.
All three of the coins are held on the same display card. On one side, the card has a photographic image of Shenandoah National Park of Virginia. The back of the card offers brief information about the park and a certificate of authenticity for the coins.
National Park Quarter Releases
Shenandoah National Park Quarters are the second 2014-dated release of the United States Mint’s America the Beautiful Quarters® Program. Coins of the program first appeared in 2010 with five new releases annually each depicting a different national park or site of national interest. One site was selected from each of the fifty U.S. states, the District of Columbia and the five U.S. territories. 2014 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.
Shenandoah Quarter Designs
The design found on the reverse of the Shenandoah Quarters is emblematic of the national park of Virginia. United States Mint Sculptor-Engraver Phebe Hemphill created the image which depicts a day hiker taking in the view from Little Stony Man summit. Reverse inscriptions include SHENANDOAH, VIRGINIA, 2014, and E PLURIBUS UNUM.
All America the Beautiful Quarters have the same basic obverse of a portrait of George Washington. The image of the first President of the United States 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 Shenandoah Quarters Three-Coin Sets
Beginning at noon (Eastern) on Tuesday, April 7th, the Shenandoah National Park Quarters Three-Coin Set will be available for ordering via the U.S. Mint’s online catalog at http://catalog.usmint.gov/ or by telephone by calling 1-800-U.S.A-MINT (872-6468).
No product limits are in place. Customer demand will determine the final product mintage.