Today, April 20, 2015 at 12:00 Noon ET, the United States Mint will begin accepting orders for bags and rolls of circulating quality 2015 Kisatchie National Forest Quarters. This represents the twenty-seventh overall release within the America the Beautiful Quarters Program.
The reverse design of the coin features a wild turkey in flight over blue stem grass with long leaf pine in the background. This was designed by Susan Gamble and engraved by Joseph Menna.
The United States Mint had initially provided eight different reverse design candidates to the Commission of Fine Arts (CFA) and Citizens Coinage Advisory Committee (CCAC) for review and comment. Seven of the eight designs had featured depictions of birds, either the endangered red cockaded woodpecker or the turkey. The CCAC had recommended a design featuring a red cockaded woodpecker in flight against long leaf pine trees. The CFA had recommended the selected design featuring the wild turkey in flight. The final design shows some slight changes from the original candidate including the removal of previous overlap of the turkey’s tail feathers with the tree and shortening the grass.
The obverse design of the coin features the 1932 portrait of George Washington by Joseph Menna. This design has been used in common for all issues of the America the Beautiful Quarters Program.
The United States Mint will begin sales for six different numismatic products containing circulating quality examples of the Kisatchie National Forest Quarters. The products contain coins from either the Philadelphia, Denver, or San Francisco Mint facilities, carrying the “P”, “D”, or “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.
The 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 either “P”, “D”, or “S” mint mark coins priced at $34.95 each.
Each roll has special numismatic wrapping displaying the name “Kisatchie National Forest”, the state abbreviation “LA”, the face value of “$10”, and the mint or origin “P”, “D”, or “S”. Each canvas bag carries a tag with “Kisatchie National Forest”, “LA”, and “P,” “D,” or “S”.
An official launch ceremony for the Kisatchie National Forest Quarter is scheduled for Wednesday, April 22, 2015 at 10:00 AM CT. The event will be held at Alexandria Riverfront Center, 707 Main Street, Alexandria, LA 71302. A coin forum is also scheduled for the evening prior to the event.