Today, November 18, 2014 at 12:00 Noon ET, the United States Mint began accepting orders for the America the Beautiful Quarters Three Coin Set featuring the Everglades National Park Quarter.
The Everglades Quarter was first released into circulation on November 6, 2014 and on the same day the US Mint began accepting orders for circulating quality versions of the coin in bags and rolls. Uncirculated and proof quality coins have previously been released within annual set products. An official launch ceremony for the coin will be held on December 4, 2014 at Harris Field Park Pavilion.
The reverse design of the coin carries the image of an anhinga with outstretched wings on a willow tree with a roseate spoonbill visible in the mid-ground. This was designed by Joel Iskowitz and engraved by Joseph Menna. The obverse design carries the 1932 portrait of George Washington designed by John Flanagan.
Each three coin set contains one uncirculated example of the quarter from the Philadelphia Mint, one uncirculated example from the Denver Mint, and one proof example from the San Francisco Mint. These three coins are mounted on a durable plastic card containing an illustration from the park on the front and issuance information on the page.
The price for each set is $9.95. There is no stated product limit or household ordering limit imposed.
Previously released America the Beautiful Quarter Three Coin Sets for this year have seen sales of 16,557 (Great Smoky Mountains), 14,582 (Shenandoah), 12,618 (Arches), and 10,990 (Great Sand Dunes).
US Mint Wins COTY Award
To follow up on a previous post, the United States Mint has won a Coin of the Year Award for the 2013 Mount Rushmore National Memorial Quarter in the category of Best Circulating Coin. Over on Mint News Blog, I have just written an article showcasing all of the ten category winners.
The US Mint had two 2013-dated coins nominated. Besides the winning coin, the 2013 Enhanced Uncirculated Silver Eagle had also been nominated in the category of Best Silver Coin, but it did not win the award.
This is the first time the US Mint has won a COTY award since 2010, when they won in the category of Most Popular Coin for the 2008 American Silver Eagle.