The Blue Ridge Parkway Quarter was the twenty-eighth release of the America the Beautiful Quarters Program. The Blue Ridge Parkway was selected to represent the state of North Carolina, although it actually spans both North Carolina and Virginia with many scenes and attractions in both states.
The reverse design of the coin features a depiction of the grace and curvature of the road hugging the side of a mountain. The Flowering Dogwood, which is the North Carolina state flower, appears in the foreground. Inscriptions read “Blue Ridge Parkway”, “North Carolina”, “2015”, and “E Pluribus Unum”. The reverse was designed by Frank Morris and engraved by Joseph Menna.
On the obverse of the coin is the 1932 portrait of George Washington designed by John Flanagan, which has been used throughout the series in common. The inscriptions read “United States of America”, “Liberty”, “In God We Trust”, and “Quarter Dollar”.
The Blue Ridge Parkway Quarter was released for general circulation on June 8, 2015. The United States Mint opened sales for numismatic bags and rolls of the quarters starting on June 29. The bags and rolls contained circulating quality coins from the Philadelphia, Denver, or San Francisco Mint facilities. Throughout the year, other numismatic products were offered including the Blue Ridge Parkway Quarters. Bullion and numismatic versions of a five ounce silver coin featuring the same design were also made available.
Notably, the Blue Ridge Parkway Quarter reached a total circulation mintage of 830,816,000 pieces across the Philadelphia and Denver facilities. This marked the highest mintage level for a coin of the America the Beautiful Quarters series to date.
About Blue Ridge Parkway
When you think of amazing natural areas that are preserved by the federal government, the last thing you probably think of is a roadway. Typically, we think of paved roads as an indication that a natural area is no longer free from the influence of human development, but there have been some exceptions. The Blue Ridge Parkway that runs almost from the Shenandoah National Park in Virginia to the Great Smoky Mountains National Park in Tennessee is an example that creating a road does not mean you must destroy the natural beauty and culture of an area. If you are interested in experiencing breathtaking scenery from the comfort of your automobile, the Blue Ridge Parkway is something that you have to give a try.
The Blue Ridge Parkway is a four hundred and sixty-nine mile stretch of highway that winds through meadows, mountain ridges, valleys and forests of the country between Virginia and Tennessee. Known as “America’s Favorite Drive” visitors flock to the Parkway every year to take in the meadows, old homesteads, and original split rail fencing that allow one to slow down and really pay attention to the scenery as it passes.
First commissioned by the federal government in 1936, the Parkway took almost half a century to complete. Visitors on the Parkway will have the opportunity to stop at one of the many parks and recreational areas that have been built along the nation’s longest rural highway. Visitors’ centers, trails, picnic areas, and camp grounds offer the ability to experience the Parkway in a variety of different ways, depending on how much time you have to meander down it.