We are pleased to offer for sale this 2014-S Tennessee Great Smoky Mountains National Park Quarter in GEM Proof condition from the US Mint's America the Beautiful Quarters Program. This Great Smoky Mountains National Park Quarter comes from the San Francisco (S) Mint. This Tennessee National Park Quarter is the twenty-first release in the America the Beautiful Quarters Series. Great Smoky Mountains National Park is featured twenty-first because it was established as a National Park on May 22nd, 1926 by the NPS (National Park Service), the twenty-first national reservation in United States history.
Information on Great Smoky Mountains National Park:
Great Smoky Mountains National Park is located on the border of Tennessee and South Carolina. It has an area of 244,742 acres and is part of the Appalachian Mountain chain. Great Smoky Mountains National Park is the most visited National Park. It is also called the "Wildflower National Park" because of its beautiful flora. The park is famous too for its spectacular waterfalls. Some of the other attractions include; scenic drives, bicycling through Caves Cove, and touring historical buildings. The park boasts over 800 miles of hiking and biking trails.
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.