The United States Mint has started accepting orders for the 2015 Kisatchie National Forest Quarters in numismatic bags and rolls. Circulating quality coins struck at either the Philadelphia, Denver, or San Francisco Mint facilities are available across six different product options.
This coin represents the second release of the year and the twenty-seventh release overall within the America the Beautiful Quarters Program. Launched in 2010, the program typically features five annual releases representing a national park or site from each state, territory, and the District of Columbia in the order federally designated.
The reverse design of the Kisatchie Quarter features a depiction of a wild turkey in flight over blue stem grass with long leaf pine in the background. The inscriptions include “Kisatchie”, “Louisiana”, “2015”, and the motto “E Pluribus Unum”. The reverse was designed by Susan Gamble and engraved by Joseph Menna.
The obverse of the coin features the 1932 portrait of George Washington designed by John Flanagan. The same obverse design has been used across all issues of the program. The inscriptions read “United States of America”, “Liberty”, “In God We Trust”, and the denomination “Quarter Dollar”.
Products available from the United States Mint include single 40-coin rolls containing coins with the “S” mint mark priced at $18.95; two rolls sets containing one 40-coin roll each with “P” and “D” mint marks priced at $32.95 per set; and three roll sets containing one 40-coin roll each with the “P”, “D”, and “S” mint marks priced at $46.95 per set. Additionally, 100-coin bags containing coins with either the “P”, “D”, or “S” mint mark are available priced at $34.95 each.
All products feature special numismatic packaging which incorporates the name of the site, the state abbreviation, the face value of the contents, and the mint mark.
Circulating quality coins from the Philadelphia and Denver Mint facilities bearing the “P” and “D” mint marks respectively are also released for general circulation. The circulating quality coins struck at the San Francisco Mint and bearing the “S” mint mark are only released within numismatic products.
An official launch ceremony for the Kisatchie National Forest Quarter will be held on Wednesday, April 22, 2015 at 10:00 AM CT at Alexandria Riverfront Center, 707 Main Street , Alexandria, LA 71302. The event is open to the public and includes a coin exchange where attendees will be able to exchange cash for $10 rolls of the new Kisatchie National Forest Quarters.
The previous release of the America the Beautiful Quarters Program from earlier this year featured Homestead National Monument of America in Nebraska. Upcoming releases of the program for this year will feature Blue Ridge Parkway in North Carolina, Bombay Hook National Wildlife Refuge in Delaware, and Saratoga National Historical Park in New York.