Nearly 1,000 people attended the United States Mint’s official launch
ceremony April 4 in Front Royal, Va., for the 2014 Shenandoah National
park quarter dollar.
Half of those attending the ceremony, held at Skyline High School,
were students from two high schools, a middle school and four
Noting his many ties to Virginia, U.S. Mint Deputy Director Richard
Peterson said: “I am very happy to be in Front Royal, where my father
attended Randolph-Macon Academy, to honor a state with such a rich
history and promising future, a state my family and I call home. The
Shenandoah National Park Quarter emphasizes one of my favorite things
about Virginia — its natural beauty — beauty that must be enjoyed and
at the same time protected for future generations.”
Peterson was joined by U.S. Senator Tim Kaine, D-Va.; Shenandoah
National Park Superintendent Jim Northup; and Molly Ward, Virginia
secretary of natural resources.
Northrup’s brother, Cliff Northrup, served in many congressional
rolls during his career. At the time of his death in 2011, Cliff
Northrup was the U.S. Mint’s congressional liaison to the Citizens
Coinage Advisory Committee.
Following the official ceremonies, those in attendance were able to
purchase $10 face value rolls of circulation-quality 2014-P Shenandoah
National Park quarter dollars.
U.S. Mint spokesman Michael White said April 4 that the Washington,
D.C., branch of the Department of the Interior Federal Credit Union,
which sponsored the roll exchange, exchanged $30,000 worth of quarter
dollars (3,000 rolls containing 120,000 coins).
On April 3, U.S. Mint officials hosted a coin forum at Rappahannock
County Library in Washington, Va., during which bureau officials
updated those in attendance about Mint coin programs, and attendees
provided Mint officials with feedback about existing and potential
The reverse of the 2014 Shenandoah National Park quarter dollar
depicts a day hiker taking in the view from Little Stony Man summit.
The design was created and sculptured by U.S. Mint Medallic Sculptor
The 2014 Shenandoah National Park quarter dollar, the 22nd of 56
coins to be released under the America the Beautiful Quarters Program,
was released into general circulation through the Federal Reserve on
Also on March 31, the U.S. Mint made available to collectors
circulation-quality Shenandoah National Park quarter dollars in bags