The Everglades National Park Quarter was the fifth and final release of the year for the America the Beautiful Quarters Program. This quarter, which depicted a site for the state of Florida, represented the twenty-fifth release within the series overall.
The reverse design features an anhinga with outstretched wings on a willow tree with a roseate spoonbill visible in the mid-ground. The inscriptions include “Everglades”, “Florida”, the date “2014”, and the motto “E Pluribus Unum”. The reverse was designed by Joel Iskowitz and engraved by Joseph Menna.
The obverse of the coin features John Flanagan’s portrait of George Washington, which had its original details restored for use as a common design within the series. The inscriptions include “United States of America”, “Liberty”, the motto “In God We Trust”, and the denomination “Quarter Dollar”.
The official circulation release date for the Everglades Quarter was November 3, 2014. On this date, the circulation strike coins from the Philadelphia and Denver Mint facilities were released by banks. The mintage for this issue reached 300,001,200 across both versions.
Throughout the year, the United States Mint also offered the coins in various collectible products, offered at a premium to the face value. This included numismatic bags and rolls of circulating quality coins and proof versions included within annual sets. Finally, five ounce silver versions were struck in bullion and collector formats.
About Everglades National Park
The area now known as Everglades National Park in the southernmost part of Florida, has been home to both native peoples and pioneer settlements, in addition to being home to some of the most diverse species populations in the country.
The Everglades were first recognized as a protected area by the federal government in May of 1934, and it has set the standard of conservation and preservation of national open spaces not only because they are beautiful and untouched, but also because they contain unique species that should remain uninterrupted by human development and recreation.
Because this dwindling string of islands is so subjected to the elements of wind, sun, and natural storms, it is constantly changing. The birds, mammals, and aquatic life that make their homes there must be ready to adapt at a moment’s notice, as the reeds and nests that they live in might not be above water tomorrow.
The Everglades are protected as wilderness land, but the borders of the park actually only contain a fraction of the species that call the area their home. Scientists are still learning about the effects of humans and the elements on delicate habitats thanks to the Everglades National Park.