Earlier this week, the United States Mint announced the design selections for the 2014 America the Beautiful Quarters. With this post, I wanted to showcase the designs and also compare the official selections with the recommendations of the Citizens Coinage Advisory Committee (CCAC) and Commission of Fine Arts (CFA)
The five coins to be issued for the fifth year of the series will feature the following sites:
- Great Smoky Mountain National Park in Tennessee
- Shenandoah National Park in Virginia
- Arches National Park in Utah
- Great Sand Dunes National Park in Colorado
- Everglades National Park in Florida
Initially, there were four to seven design candidates prepared for each coin. These were provided to the CFA, CCAC, Secretary of the Interior, and the chief executive of the host jurisdiction for review and comment. Taking into consideration all relevant factors and the reviews and comments, the Director of the United States Mint made a final recommendation to the Secretary of the Treasury who had responsibility for making the final selections.
Through coverage of the public meetings, we know the recommendations and comments of the CFA and CCAC. These can be found in articles previously published on CoinUpdate.com here and here. Each of these articles also includes images of all of the design candidates.
Without further ado, here are the official design selections for the five 2014 America the Beautiful Quarters with a brief description and information on the recommendations of the CFA and CCAC.
2014 Great Smoky Mountains National Park Quarter
Designer: Chris Costello
Engraver: Renata Gordon
The design includes a depiction of a historic log cabin found within the park, which includes a segment of lush green forest and a hawk circling above. This matched the recommendation of the CFA who found this to be a strong design which conveyed the character of the park’s landscape. The CCAC did not make a recommendation and made a motion to request new designs giving more balance between the images and negative space, and less fine detail.
2014 Shenandoah National Park Quarter
Designer and Engraver: Phebe Hemphill
The reverse design features a hiker taking in the view from Little Stony Man summit. This design was recommended by both the CFA and CCAC. The CFA had requested careful study of the geometry of the road that appears in the composition. The CCAC had a made a motion to remove the hazy hills and the tree, and to verify the proportion of the hiker to the rock formation. Comparing the final design to the design candidate shows a portion of the tree behind the hiker removed with no other alterations apparent.
2014 Arches National Park Quarter
Designer: Donna Weaver
Engraver: Charles L. Vickers
The design features a depiction of Delicate Arch, which is a 65 foot free standing arch located within the park. This matched the recommendation of the CCAC, while the CFA had recommended a design featuring another arch.
2014 Great Sand Dunes National Park Quarter
Designer and Engraver: Don Everhart
The reverse features a depiction of a father and son playing in the sand next to the creek bed. This is a rare instance where the official design selection was not recommended by the CFA or CCAC. The CFA had recommended an alternate design with a broad landscape without any people present. The CCAC had offered no recommendation and instead made a motion to request new designs seeking more balance between negative space and objects and less fine detail.
2014 Everglades National Park Quarter
Designer: Joel Iskowitz
Engraver: Joseph Menna
The fifth and final design features an anhinga with outstretched wings on a willow tree with a roseate spoonbill visible in the midground. This design was recommended by both the CFA and CCAC. Each group requested that clouds present in the original design should be removed. These were taken out for the final design.
I wanted to bring attention to a few articles recently published on CoinUpdate.com. Yesterday, Michael Bugeja wrote his latest column covering NGC’s recent announcement that plus grading would be expanded to cover modern coins.
Today, an article from Michael Alexander covered the category winners for the 2014 Coin of the Year Awards with large sized images of all of the winning coins. The United States Mint did not have a winning coin design from their two nominees.