The 2014 Arches National Park Quarters were launched on June 6, 2014 at a ceremony held by the United States Mint and National Park Service. On June 9, the coins were released into general circulation and the US Mint opened sales of numismatic bags and rolls.
The launch ceremony was held at the Arches National Park Visitor Center with the park’s unique landscape serving as a backdrop. Invited guests and speakers at the event included Spencer J. Cox, Lieutenant Governor of Utah; Richard Peterson, United States Mint Deputy Director Richard Peterson; and Kate Cannon, Arches National Park Superintendent. Dave Sakrison, mayor of Moab, served as the master of ceremonies for the event.
Overall attendance at the event was 400 people, including 40 children. A coin forum held the evening prior to the event had an attendance of 47 people.
Following the event, attendees were given the opportunity to purchase roll of the new Arches National Park Quarters at face value. There were $20,000 worth of quarters exchanged at the event. This represented the first availability of circulating quality examples of the quarters.
The Arches National Park Quarters were officially released into circulation by Federal Reserve Banks on June 9. On the same date, the United States Mint began sales of bags and rolls containing circulating quality examples of the coins. Products included 100-coin bags or 40-coins rolls containing coins produced at the Philadelphia, Denver, and San Francisco Mint facilities. The coins from the San Francisco facility bearing the “S” mint mark are only available within the numismatic bags and rolls and not released for general circulation.
The Arches National Park Quarter is the latest release within the ongoing America the Beautiful Quarters Program, which will feature national parks or sites from each state and territory as well as the District of Columbia. The reverse design for this release features a depiction of Delicate Arch, a 65-foot freestanding natural arch located within the park. The La Sal Mountains are visible in the background.
United States Mint photos by Sharon McPike.