Today, June 29, 2015 at 12:00 Noon ET, the United States Mint will begin accepting orders for bags and rolls of circulating quality 2015 Blue Ridge Parkway Quarters. This represents the twenty-eighth overall release within the America the Beautiful Quarters Program.
The reverse design of the coin depicts the grace and curvature of the road hugging the side of a mountain, with the North Carolina state flower in the foreground. This was designed by Frank Morris and engraved by Joseph Menna.
The United States Mint had initially provided six different reverse design candidates to the Commission of Fine Arts (CFA) and Citizens Coinage Advisory Committee (CCAC) for review and comment. The CCAC had recommended an alternative design depicting the Parkway at the Linn Cove Viaduct. The CFA had offered no recommendation from the provided candidates, expressing concern that the characteristic curvatures of the parkway were not accurately depicted. Ultimately, the authority to select the design rested with the Secretary of the Treasury.
The obverse design of the coin features the 1932 portrait of George Washington by John Flanagan. This design has been used in common for all issues of the America the Beautiful Quarters Program.
The United States Mint is offering the standard six different numismatic products containing circulating quality examples of the Blue Ridge National Parkway Quarters. The products feature coins from the Philadelphia, Denver, and San Francisco Mint facilities, carrying the “P”, “D”, and “S” mint marks, respectively. The coins from Philadelphia and Denver are also released for circulation, while the coins from the San Francisco Mint are only available within numismatic products.
Products include 40-coin rolls with “S” mint mark coins available 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 the “P”, “D”, or “S” mint mark priced at $34.95 each.
All bags and rolls feature wrappers or tags containing US Mint branding and including the name of the site, state abbreviation, mint mark, and face value of the contents. There are no stated mintage limits or household ordering limits in place.