The Shenandoah National Park Quarter was released for general circulation on March 31, 2014. The coin would also be produced in various collectible versions released throughout the year.
This coin represented the twenty second overall release within the America the Beautiful Quarters Program, which features a different national park or site from each of the fifty states, five territories, and the District of Columbia.
The reverse design of the Shenandoah Quarter features a depiction of a day hiker taking in the view from Little Stony Man summit. Inscriptions within the outer rim include “Shenandoah”, “Virginia”, “2014”, and “E Pluribus Unum”. The reverse was designed and engraved by Phebe Hemphill.
The obverse of the coin features the 1932 portrait of George Washington designed by John Flanagan. The original details of the design have been restored for use within the series. The inscriptions read “United States of America”, “Liberty”, “In God We Trust”, and “Quarter Dollar”.
Circulation production for this issue saw an upswing with 112,800,000 pieces struck at the Philadelphia Mint and 197,800,000 pieces struck at the Denver Mint.
In addition to the typical circulation strikes, the United States Mint also offered various collectible version of the coin. This included circulation strikes produced at the San Francisco Mint, proof and silver proof versions struck at the San Francisco Mint, and oversized silver bullion and collector coins.
About Shenandoah National Park
The peaks and ridges of the Blue Ridge Mountains are tangible evidence of the way that the Earth’s crust was crinkled and split by molten magma beneath it so many eons ago. Slowly this magma moved towards the surface, cooling and twisting until it became the pristine mountain tops that we gaze upon today. It would be thousands of years until the first European settlers would venture up into these Blue Mountains, looking for animals to hunt and trap, and later for valleys and hollows in which to set up their homesteads.
Today, the beautiful Shenandoah National Park, which was first dedicated in May of 1926, resides only seventy five miles from the bustling urban center that is our nation’s capital, Washington D.C. Shenandoah is living proof of the power of committed citizens who believe in preserving and protecting nature. Many of the trails, structures and learning areas of Shenandoah National Park were build by the Citizen Conservation Corps, who also helped to find new homes for the over four hundred mountain families that had to be relocated when the park was closed to human inhabitants.
Those who visit Shenandoah National Park will be treated to dense forest areas where the canopy of trees is alive with the calls and songs of over 200 species of birds. Hikers can test their stamina against portions of the Appalachian trail that run through the park, and those who enjoy exploring the historical context of these parks can listen to interpretive rangers explain the lifestyles of the earliest inhabitants of the Blue Ridge Mountains in Virginia.