The Arches National Park Quarter represented the third release of the year and the twenty-third release overall for the America the Beautiful Quarters Program. The multi-year initiative features reverse designs depicting a national park or site in each of the states, territories, and the District of Columbia.
The reverse of the Arches Quarter features a depiction of Delicate Arch, a 65-foot freestanding natural arch located within the park. The La Sal Mountains are seen within the background. Inscriptions read “Arches”, “Utah”, “2014”, and “E Pluribus Unum”. The reverse was designed by Donna Weaver and engraved by Charles L. Vickers.
The obverse of the coin features John Flanagan’s 1932 portrait of George Washington. Inscriptions read “United States of America”, “Liberty”, “In God We Trust”, and “Quarter Dollar”.
The Arches National Park Quarter was released for general circulation on June 9, 2014. Circulating mintages reached 214,200,000 coins struck at the Philadelphia Mint facility and 251,400,000 coins struck at the Denver Mint facility. The overall production of 465,600,000 represented the highest level of the year for the series by a wide margin.
The United States Mint also produced additional versions of the coin specifically for collectors. Circulating quality coins were struck at the San Francisco Mint and sold within various numismatic bag and roll products. Proof versions in standard composition or 90% silver were struck at the San Francisco Mint and included within annual proof sets and America the Beautiful Quarters Proof Sets. Finally, five ounce silver bullion and collector coins were produced for sale to precious metals investors and collectors.
About Arches National Park
Arches National Park in Moab, Utah is one of those magical places that nature has created, and humans have a responsibility to protect and preserve the amazing structures that time and the elements have so delicately carved.
First designated as a national protected area in April of 1929, Arches National Park is home to the densest collection of naturally formed, sandstone arches in the entire world. As visitors journey through the park, they have the opportunity to walk under hundreds of these archways that have been carved from solid rock through the natural erosion processes of the elements.
Arches National Park is a unique desert habitat, with geologists still working to interpret the stories that are lying in the layers of sand and rock that have take millions of years to be deposited, and then slowly broken down again. Arches is considered to be a high desert climate, meaning that while elevations in the park can range from four thousand to over five thousand feet above sea level, the air is extremely dry and there is very little rainfall.
If you camp in Arches National Park, you will find the days to be very hot and arid, while the nights will be quite cold. This unique climate structure has caused species to develop unique adaptations and coping mechanisms in order to survive. Although the area technically a desert, visitors can still find riparian areas, dry arroyos, ephemeral pools, mixed grasslands and expanses of bare rock all within a short distance of each other.