Release dates for the 2014 America the Beautiful Quarters have been provided by Federal Reserve Bank Services. Representing the fifth year of the program, these coins will continue the series of circulating quarter dollars featuring a national park or site from each state, territory, and the District of Columbia.
The coins to be issued for 2014 will feature Great Smoky Mountains National Park in Tennessee, Shenandoah National Park in Virginia, Arches National Park in Utah, Great Sand Dunes National Park in Colorado, and Everglades National Park in Florida.
The obverse of each coin will feature a restored version of the 1932 portrait of George Washington designed by John Flanagan. The reverse of each coin will feature an image representative of the national park. The five reverse designs were previously announced by the United States Mint.
The published circulation release dates for the 2014 America the Beautiful Quarters are included below. These dates may remain subject to change.
|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
Unlike the previous State Quarters Program, the Federal Reserve does not supply unmixed quantities of newly released quarters to banks and financial institutions. As such, even after the indicated release dates, the coins may not be readily available through banking channels.
The United States Mint does offer for sale to the public bags and rolls of circulating quality quarters for each design. The start of sales has typically coincided with the circulation release date.
Launch ceremonies are also typically held at the park or a related location on or around the circulation release date. Following the ceremony, the new quarters have been made available at face value through a coin exchange. The launch ceremony for the Great Smoky Mountains National Park Quarter has been scheduled for January 28, 2014 at 5:00 PM ET, located at the Great Smoky Mountains National Park Sugarlands Visitor Center. Details for other launch ceremonies have not yet been provided.