Today, January 27, 2014 at 12:00 Noon ET, the United States Mint will begin sales of bags and rolls of circulating quality 2014 Great Smoky Mountain National Park Quarters. This represents the first of the five designs to be released this year for the America the Beautiful Quarters Program.
The reverse design of the coin features a historic log cabin located within Great Smoky Mountains National Park. The image incorporates a segment of the lush green forest, a hawk circling above, and the mountains beyond. The reverse was designed by Chis Costello and engraved by Renata Gordon. A quick search reveals that this image depicts or is very closely based on the John Oliver Cabin, which was built in 1822.
Initially, the US Mint had provided four different design candidates for this coin to be reviewed by the Commission of Fine Arts and Citizens Coinage Advisory Committee. Two of the designs focused on the wilderness and animal life, and two had depicted log cabins. The CFA had recommended the design eventually selected by the Secretary of the Treasury. The CCAC had offered no recommendation and made a motion to “request new designs giving more balance between the images and negative space, and less fine detail.” The US Mint did not provide any new designs.
The products available starting today for the 2014 Great Smoky Mountains National Park Quarter include circulating quality coins struck at the Philadelphia, Denver, and San Francisco Mint facilities. The Philadelphia and Denver Mint coins with the “P” and “D” mint marks will also be released for general circulation. The circulating quality San Francisco Mint coins with the “S” mint mark are not released for general circulation or included within annual sets.
Product options include 100-coin bags containing coins with either the “P”, “D”, or “S” mint mark priced at $34.95 each. There are 40-coin rolls containing coins with the “S” mint mark priced at $18.95 each. Set options include two roll sets including one roll of coins each with the “P” and “D” mint mark priced at $32.95, and three roll sets including one roll of coins each with the “P”, “D”, and “S” mint mark priced at $46.95 each. These price levels are unchanged from the prior year.
All products come in special numismatic packaging that incorporates the name of the park, the state abbreviation, the mint mark, and the face value of the contents.
Although the US Mint offers subscription options for these products, the 10% discount introduced for this year does not apply to the America the Beautiful Quarter bags and rolls.