We are pleased to offer for sale this 2014-S Utah Arches National Park Quarter in GEM Silver Proof condition from the US Mint's America the Beautiful Quarters Program. This Arches National Park Quarter comes from the San Francisco (S) Mint and is composed of 90% Silver and the balance Copper. This Utah National Park Quarter is the twenty-third release in the America the Beautiful Quarters Series. Arches National Park is featured twenty-third because it was established as a National Park on April 12, 1929 by the NPS (National Park Service), the twenty-third national reservation in United States history.
Information on Arches National Park:
Arches National Park is located on the Colorado River 6 miles north of Moab in eastern Utah. It has an area of 76,358 acres. The park is known for preserving over 2,000 natural sandstone arches as well as hundreds of spires, balanced rocks, and massive fins. These features were formed due to the park sitting on an underground salt bed. One of the most famous attractions in the park is Delicate Arch which is used as a symbol for the state. Another popular arch is Landscape Arch, the parks longest arch at 306 feet from base to base. Also favored is a tour of the Fiery Furnace. The Fiery Furnace is a natural labyrinth of narrow passages between towering sandstone walls.
Information on the United States Mint America the Beautiful Quarters Program:
From 2010 through 2021 the US Mint is issuing commemorative quarters with special reverse designs celebrating National Parks and other National Sites. A park or site is being honored in each of the 50 States, the District of Columbia, and the five US Territories: Puerto Rico, Guam, American Samoa, US Virgin Islands, and Northern Mariana Islands. Each National Park or National Site was selected for its natural or historical significance. The National Park Quarters are being minted and issued at the rate of 5 designs a year, in approximately ten week intervals. The National Park Quarters are being released in the order that the locations were first designated as National Sites. The Obverse side of the coins feature a smaller restoration of the original Washington Quarter portrait, modeled from designer John Flanagan's 1932 plaster. The Reverse of each coin will feature a representation of the unique character and environment of each State, District, or Territory's National Park or Historic Site.
Circulation strikes will be made at the Philadelphia (P) and Denver (D) Mints (starting in 2012 circulation strikes were also minted at the San Francisco (S) Mint). The San Francisco (S) mint will strike the Proofs in clad composition and silver. Clad composition strikes contain an outer layer of 75% copper and 25% nickel bonded to an inner core of pure copper with a 24.33 mm diameter, 5.67 grams weight, and a reeded edge. The silver strikes will contain 90% silver and 10% copper with a 24.33 mm diameter, 6.25 grams weight, and a reeded edge.