More than 400 people attended the June 6 launch ceremony in Moab, Utah, for the 2014 Arches National Park quarter dollar.
The coin entered general circulation through the Federal Reserve on June 9.
Joining U.S. Mint Deputy Director Dick Peterson on the dais at the Arches National Park Visitor Center in Moab were Utah Lt. Gov. Spencer Cox, Moab Mayor Dave Sakrison, and Kate Cannon, Arches National Park superintendent.
The 76,679-acre park’s unique landscape, which includes over 2,000 natural stone arches, served as the backdrop for the event that took place near the visitor center.
“Having lived in Utah, I know from first-hand experience that Delicate Arch in Arches National Park is one of the Earth’s very special geologic wonders and why it was chosen as the design for Utah’s America the Beautiful quarter,” Peterson said.
Peterson presented to Cannon a framed display featuring two Arches National Park quarter dollars, with an enlarged facsimile of the reverse design above.
The coin’s reverse depicts Delicate Arch, a 65-foot freestanding natural arch. The La Sal Mountains are visible in the background. The design was created by Donna Weaver, a U.S. Mint Artistic Infusion Program artist and retired U.S. Mint sculptor-engraver, and sculptured by U.S. Mint Sculptor-Engraver Charles L. Vickers.
Following the quarter launch ceremony, Zions Bank in Moab exchanged $20,000 face value in 2014-D Arches National Park quarter dollars (80,000 coins) in 40-coin rolls for cash from collectors and the general public.
The 40 school-age children in attendance each received an Uncirculated circulation-quality 2014-D Arches National Park quarter dollar.
The evening before the coin launch, Peterson hosted a coin forum for 47 attendees to receive feedback as well as inform about U.S. Mint coin programs.