Silver Proof Set Description
The 2014 US Mint America the Beautiful Quarters Silver Proof Set will be the fifth proof set from the US Mint to feature silver proof coins of the America the Beautiful Quarters Program. Released at a rate of five per year, the coins in the program will total a minimum of fifty-six by the time it set to end in 2021
As 2014 is the fifth year for the program, the coins included in this set will number twenty-one through twenty five for the program as a whole which showcases beautiful locations throughout the United States and its territories.
Selected sites in the program must be of national interest and will include such diverse locations as national parks, national memorials, national seashores, national forests, etc.
The coins of this set will be struck from 90% silver and 10% copper as opposed to the clad composition of normal circulating quarters.
The Mint typically releases these sets early in the year of which they are offered.
Proof Set Images
The United States Mint has not yet released an image.
Silver Quarters in Set
The five 2014 America the Beautiful Quarter Dollars to be found in this set include:
- 2014-S Great Smoky Mountains National Park Quarter
- 2014-S Shenandoah National Park Quarter
- 2014-S Arches National Park Quarter
- 2014-S Great Sand Dunes National Park Quarter
- 2014-S Everglades National Park Quarter
Emblematic of the beauty of locations throughout the United States, the America the Beautiful Quarters™ Program are struck at a rate of five per year.
America Beautiful National Parks & Sites
Scenic locations of Tennessee, Virginia, Utah, Colorado and Florida will all be featured in this set and showcase these sites:
Great Smoky Mountains National Park in Tennessee
Straddling the Great Smoky Mountain ridgeline, Great Smoky Mountains National Park is found in eastern Tennessee. The park was authorized on May 22, 1926 and has the distinction of being the most visited national park in the nation. Visitors take in the grandeur of the 814 square miles park with elevations ranging from 876 up to 6,643 feet.
Shenandoah National Park in Virginia
Shenandoah National Park is found in northern Virginia along the Blue Ridge Mountains and was established on May 22, 1926. Land for the park was turned over from the state of Virginia to the federal government for the sole purpose of the creation of the park. Found within the park’s boundaries it the scenic 105-mile Skyline Drive which offers beautiful vistas at almost every turn.
Arches National Park in Utah
Arches National Park was originally created as a national monument on April 12, 1929 in Utah. Inside its 119 square miles of protection are over 2,000 natural sandstone arches which draw over 750,000 visitors a year. Contrary to popular thinking, the park is always changing with arches collapsing at a rate of one per year over the last 40 years.
Great Sand Dunes National Park in Colorado
Great Sand Dunes National Park of Colorado started as a national monument on March 17, 1932 but was elevated to national park status on September 13, 2004. The park hosts the tallest sand dunes found in North America which rise up to 750 feet from their base. The dunes are a complex system which are constantly being blown away, only to be regenerated by sand blown in. Far from a dry, arid place, one usually only needs to dig a few feet down to find water in the sand which actually prevents the dunes from blowing away completely.
Everglades National Park in Florida
Everglades National Park of Florida safeguards approximately 25% of the Everglades which is actually a slow-moving river originating at Lake Okeechobee. Established on May 30, 1934, the park is home to a plethora of wild and exotic creatures including hundreds of species of birds, reptiles, mammals and fish including many snakes and the American crocodile and alligator.
Each coin in this set is struck from 90% silver and 10% copper to proof condition. The Mint defines proof coins as:
"extraordinarily brilliant, with sharp relief and a mirror-like background. Their frosted, sculpted foregrounds give them a special cameo effect"
An "S" mintmark will be struck on each of these coins indicating its creation at the Mint’s facility in San Francisco.
The following are the specifications for each quarter in the silver proof set:
|Mint Facility:||San Francisco|
|Composition:||90% Silver, 10% Copper|
|Standard Weight:||6.250 g|
|Standard Diameter:||24.3 mm or 0.955 inch|
|Authorizing Law:||Public Law 110-161|