2014 National Park Quarters
In 2014, the United States Mint continued the America the Beautiful Quarters Program, celebrating the nation's remarkable National Parks and other significant sites with five new designs that highlighted the diverse beauty and rich history of the United States. The first quarter of 2014 honored Great Smoky Mountains National Park in Tennessee, featuring a rustic log cabin, a hawk in flight, and a lush forest background, symbolizing the park's captivating landscapes and the cultural history of the early settlers. The second quarter paid tribute to Shenandoah National Park in Virginia, showcasing a hiker standing atop the park's Little Stony Man summit, representing the park's breathtaking vistas and the recreational opportunities it offers. The third quarter celebrated Arches National Park in Utah, depicting the park's iconic Delicate Arch and the La Sal Mountains in the background, highlighting the park's unique sandstone formations and its stunning geological features. The fourth quarter, commemorating Great Sand Dunes National Park and Preserve in Colorado, featured a father and son playing in the sand with the park's towering dunes and the Sangre de Cristo Mountains in the background, celebrating the park's extraordinary natural wonders and the spirit of adventure. Finally, the fifth quarter issued in 2014 honored Everglades National Park in Florida, showcasing an anhinga and a roseate spoonbill in their natural habitat, reflecting the park's vital role in preserving diverse ecosystems and its abundant wildlife. These quarters were minted in limited quantities, captivating collectors and the general public while fostering a deeper appreciation for the nation's natural beauty and historic landmarks.