Today, August 25, 2014 at 12:00 Noon ET, the United States Mint will begin sales of bags and rolls containing circulating quality 2014 Great Sand Dunes National Park Quarters. This will represent the twenty-fourth release within the America the Beautiful Quarters Program.
The reverse of the coin was designed and engraved by Don Everhart and features a depiction of a father and son playing in the sand next to the creek bed. The distinctive mountains and sand dunes of the park are featured in the background. Inscriptions read “Great Sand Dunes”, “Colorado”, “2014”, and “E Pluribus Unum”.
Notably, this design was not recommended by either the Commission of Fine Arts (CFA) or the Citizens Coinage Advisory Committee (CCAC) during the design review phase. The CFA had recommended a candidate featuring a broad landscape without any people present. The CCAC made no recommendation from the provided candidates, requesting new candidates with a balance between negative space and objects, and less fine detail. Besides the recommendations provided by the CCAC and CFA, the design selection process for the series also includes input from the Secretary of the Interior and the chief executive of the host jurisdiction before the Director of the United States Mint makes a final recommendation to the Secretary of the Treasury. Presumably, the final design had gained support of one or more of the others involved in the selection process.
On the obverse of the coin is the 1932 portrait of George Washington designed by John Flanagan with the original design details restored. Inscriptions read “United States of America”, “Liberty”, “In God We Trust”, and “Quarter Dollar”. This design has been used in common throughout the series.
There are six different product options available for the 2014 Great Sand Dunes National Park Quarter bags and rolls. Each option includes circulating quality coins struck at either the Philadelphia, Denver, or San Francisco Mints, braining the “P”, “D”, or “S” mint mark, respectively. The circulating quality coins bearing the “S” mint mark are not released for circulation and only available in numismatic products.
The US Mint is offering 40-coin rolls with “S” mint mark coins priced at $18.95 each, two roll sets containing “P” and “D” mint mark coins priced at $32.95, and three roll sets of “P”, “D”, and “S” mint mark coins priced at $46.95 each. There are also 100-coin bags available containing coins with either of the mint marks priced at $34.95 each. Each of the products is available by subscription, however discounted pricing is not extended to these products.
All bags and rolls include wrappers or tags containing US Mint branding as well as the name of the park, state abbreviation, mint mark, and face value of the contents.
There are no stated mintage limits or household ordering limits in place. The US Mint indicates that the products will remain available for one year from the initial on-sale date or until inventory is depleted prior to the one-year time frame.