The U.S. Mint officially launched the 2014 Great Smoky Mountains
National Park quarter dollar in Gatlinburg, Tenn., Jan. 29, two days
after the coins were placed into general circulation through the
Federal Reserve Banks.
Despite the heavy snowstorm that passed through the region the
night before, approximately 300 people attended the event in Mills
Auditorium at the Gatlinburg Convention Center hosted by David Croft,
acting associate director of manufacturing at the U.S. Mint, and Pedro
Ramos, acting superintendent of Great Smoky Mountains National Park.
“We are honored that our park is being commemorated in such a
special way by the United States Mint,” Ramos said. “The collection of
cabins protected within Great Smoky Mountains National Park is a
resource worthy of national attention as is the legacy of the memories
and feelings they evoke.”
Following the Jan. 29 ceremony, those in attendance — some from as
far away as California — were able to exchange cash for $10 face
value, 40-coin rolls of the new quarter dollars.
Citizens National Bank conducted the coin exchange, during which
$20,000 in face value of new quarter dollars were exchanged.
The quarter dollar’s reverse was designed by Chris Costello, an
artist with the U.S. Mint’s Artistic Infusion Program, and sculptured
by U.S. Mint Medallic Sculptor Renata Gordon.
Costello’s coin design depicts a historic log cabin found within
Great Smoky Mountains National Park. It features a segment of the lush
forest and a hawk circling above.
At noon Eastern Time, Jan. 27, the U.S. Mint began offering
numismatic products containing circulation-quality 2014 Great Smoky
Mountains National Park quarter dollars.
The current options are:
➤ Two-roll set — one 40-coin roll from the Philadelphia Mint, one
roll from the Denver Mint, $32.95.
➤ 100-coin bags from with the Denver, Philadelphia or San
Francisco Mints, $34.95 per bag.
➤ Single roll of San Francisco Mint quarter dollars, $18.95.
➤ Three-roll set — one roll each from the Denver, Philadelphia or
San Francisco Mints, $46.95.
In addition to the circulation-quality coin options, the United
States Mint is expected to offer various other collector products
featuring the 2014 America the Beautiful quarter dollars, including
sets in Proof, both in 90 percent silver and in copper-nickel clad
versions; and based on past years’ offerings, various other sets
probably focusing on the coins of a single state in various finishes
and from various Mint production facilities.
The U.S. Mint is accepting orders for the quarter dollar products
at its online catalog, www.usmint.gov/catalog, and by telephone at
800-872-6468. Hearing- and speech-impaired customers with TTY
equipment may order by calling 888-321-6468.
Shipping and handling will be charged. ■