2018 Quarter and 5 Oz Coin Design Candidates

by Mike Unser on July 8, 2016 · 20 comments

The Commission of Fine Arts (CFA) and the Citizens Coinage Advisory Committee (CCAC) have recommended designs for 2018-dated America the Beautiful Quarters and companion five-ounce silver coins.

Design candidates 2018 America the Beautiful Quarters

Examples of the design candidates for the 2018 America the Beautiful Quarters and companion 2018 America the Beautiful Five Ounce Silver Coins

America the Beautiful Quarters celebrate sites around the United States and its territories. The five up for honors in 2018 are:

  • Michigan’s Pictured Rocks National Lakeshore,
  • Wisconsin’s Apostle Islands National Lakeshore,
  • Minnesota’s Voyageurs National Park,
  • Georgia’s Cumberland Island National Seashore, and
  • Rhode Island’s Block Island National Wildlife Refuge.

Overall, fifty-two designs were submitted for review. The CFA appraised them on June 16 and recommended five — one for each site honored. The CCAC looked them over on June 27 and selected four designs, asking for another round of candidates for Apostle Islands.

To follow are images and descriptions of candidates for the five sites. CFA and CCAC recommendations are provided under the site titles.

Pictured Rocks National Lakeshore (Michigan)

Thirteen designs for Pictured Rocks were reviewed.

CCAC Recommendations: Members selected design #12.

CFA Recommendations: Members selected design #8, which is also the preferred design of site officials.

Pictured Rocks Design Candidate MI-01

Pictured Rocks Design Candidate MI-01

Pictured Rocks Design Candidate MI-02

Pictured Rocks Design Candidate MI-02

Pictured Rocks Design Candidate MI-03

Pictured Rocks Design Candidate MI-03

Pictured Rocks Design Candidate MI-04

Pictured Rocks Design Candidate MI-04

MI-01 depicts two people in sea kayaks exploring the waterways of Pictured Rocks National Lakeshore.

MI-02 features a man in a sea kayak paddling near Miners Castle.

MI-03 depicts a stylized Chapel Rock and the white pine that stands upon it being battered by waves during a storm.

MI-04 features a kayaker appreciating the beautiful mineral streaks that line the cliffs of Pictured Rocks.

Pictured Rocks Design Candidate MI-05

Pictured Rocks Design Candidate MI-05

Pictured Rocks Design Candidate MI-06

Pictured Rocks Design Candidate MI-06

MI-05 and MI-06 depict views of Pictured Rocks.

Pictured Rocks Design Candidate MI-07

Pictured Rocks Design Candidate MI-07

Pictured Rocks Design Candidate MI-08

Pictured Rocks Design Candidate MI-08

Pictured Rocks Design Candidate MI-09

Pictured Rocks Design Candidate MI-09

Pictured Rocks Design Candidate MI-10

Pictured Rocks Design Candidate MI-10

MI-07 depicts a robin, the state bird of Michigan, on a birch tree branch with the cliff walls in the background.

MI-08 depicts Chapel Rock and the white pine tree that grows atop. This design was selected by the CFA and site officials.

MI-09 depicts a kayaker paddling towards Lover’s Leap.

MI-10 features a deer with the cliffs in the background.

Pictured Rocks Design Candidate MI-11

Pictured Rocks Design Candidate MI-11

Pictured Rocks Design Candidate MI-12

Pictured Rocks Design Candidate MI-12

Pictured Rocks Design Candidate MI-13

Pictured Rocks Design Candidate MI-13

MI-11 depicts the point of view of a kayaker pausing to take in the sight of Lover’s Leap.

MI-12 depicts Chapel Rock with the white pine growing atop. This design was selected by the CCAC.

MI-13 features a view of the cliffs at Pictured Rocks.

Apostle Islands National Lakeshore (Wisconsin)

Nine designs for Apostle Islands were reviewed.

CCAC Recommendations: Reverse #16 received the most votes individually, but there was confusion over voting for similar designs #4 and #4A. In the end, members passed a motion asking for a second series of designs to review.

CFA Recommendations: Members selected design #9. It is also the preferred design of site officials.

Apostle Islands Design Candidate WI-01

Apostle Islands Design Candidate WI-01

Apostle Islands Design Candidate WI-02

Apostle Islands Design Candidate WI-02

WI-01 depicts two kayakers paddling towards the rock formations at Devils Island.

WI-02 features a kayaker gazing in wonder at the setting, with rock formations and a lighthouse behind him.

Apostle Islands Design Candidate WI-04

Apostle Islands Design Candidate WI-04

Apostle Islands Design Candidate WI-04A

Apostle Islands Design Candidate WI-04A

WI-04 and WI-04A feature a sea arch topped with a variety of trees growing atop. In design 04, a pair of kayakers paddles towards the arch.

Apostle Islands Design Candidate WI-05

Apostle Islands Design Candidate WI-05

Apostle Islands Design Candidate WI-05A

Apostle Islands Design Candidate WI-05A

WI-05 and WI-05A feature a view into a crevasse in the sea caves. In design 05, a pair of kayakers begins to paddle towards the opening.

Apostle Islands Design Candidate WI-09

Apostle Islands Design Candidate WI-09

Apostle Islands Design Candidate WI-10

Apostle Islands Design Candidate WI-10

Apostle Islands Design Candidate WI-11

Apostle Islands Design Candidate WI-11

WI-09 and WI-10 depict the sea caves at Devils Island with the lighthouse in the background. In design 09, a kayaker paddles by. This design was selected by the CFA and site officials. Design 10 features the added inscription "Jewels of Lake Superior."

WI-11 features a kayaker passing through a sandstone arch at Devils Island.

Voyageurs National Park (Minnesota)

Five designs for Voyageurs were reviewed.

CFA and CCAC Recommendations: Members from both panels selected design #6, while park officials preferred #5.

Voyageurs Design Candidate MN-01

Voyageurs Design Candidate MN-01

Voyageurs Design Candidate MN-03

Voyageurs Design Candidate MN-03

MN-01 depicts a campfire in a fire ring in front of a lake, with small islands in the distance and the Northern Lights visible in the sky.

MN-03 features an eagle soaring above the interlocking network of lakes in Voyageurs National Park. In its talons, it clutches a walleye, the state fish of Minnesota.

Voyageurs Design Candidate MN-04

Voyageurs Design Candidate MN-04

Voyageurs Design Candidate MN-05

Voyageurs Design Candidate MN-05

Voyageurs Design Candidate MN-06

Voyageurs Design Candidate MN-06

MN-04 depicts an aerial view of Voyageurs National Park.

MN-05 features a view of a few of the small islands found in the waters of Voyageurs National Park. Park officials preferred this design.

MN-06 depicts a common loon with a rock cliff in the background. The CFA and CCAC selected this design.

Cumberland Island National Seashore (Georgia)

Thirteen designs for Cumberland Island were reviewed. Site officials liked design #1 the best.

CCAC Recommendations: Members selected design #3, the third preferred design of site officials.

CFA Recommendations: Members selected design #6, the second preferred design of site officials.

Cumberland Island Design Candidate GA-01

Cumberland Island Design Candidate GA-01

Cumberland Island Design Candidate GA-02

Cumberland Island Design Candidate GA-02

Cumberland Island Design Candidate GA-03

Cumberland Island Design Candidate GA-03

Cumberland Island Design Candidate GA-04

Cumberland Island Design Candidate GA-04

GA-01 features an adult and young child walking through the Live Oak trees of Cumberland Island. Site officials preferred this design.

GA-02 depicts sea oats holding the wind-shaped dunes while gulls fly overhead.

GA-03 depicts a loggerhead sea turtle swimming along the undeveloped beach of Cumberland Island. The CCAC selected this design.

GA-04 features two brown pelicans on the beach of the island.

Cumberland Island Design Candidate GA-05

Cumberland Island Design Candidate GA-05

Cumberland Island Design Candidate GA-06

Cumberland Island Design Candidate GA-06

Cumberland Island Design Candidate GA-08

Cumberland Island Design Candidate GA-08

Cumberland Island Design Candidate GA-09

Cumberland Island Design Candidate GA-09

GA-05 depicts a blue heron capturing a fish in the marsh waters along the western edge of the island.

GA-06 depicts a snowy egret posing on a branch on the edge of a salt marsh, ready for flight. The CFA selected this design.

GA-08 depicts a loggerhead sea turtle nesting on Cumberland Island.

GA-09 features a quiet moment as a visitor enjoys the wind, surf, and abundant wildlife of Cumberland Island.

Cumberland Island Design Candidate GA-10

Cumberland Island Design Candidate GA-10

Cumberland Island Design Candidate GA-11

Cumberland Island Design Candidate GA-11

GA-10 features a couple watching the sunrise over the Atlantic Ocean, the beginning of their day of shell hunting and exploration on Cumberland Island.

GA-11 depicts a close-up view of the Dungeness ruins.

Cumberland Island Design Candidate GA-12

Cumberland Island Design Candidate GA-12

Cumberland Island Design Candidate GA-13

Cumberland Island Design Candidate GA-13

Cumberland Island Design Candidate GA-14

Cumberland Island Design Candidate GA-14

GA-12 features a photographer exploring the twisted branches of live oak trees and sand dunes that line the boardwalk path to the beach.

GA-13 depicts a woman walking along the beach in the gentle wind while a sea turtle nests in the sand.

GA-14 features a photographer exploring the flora and fauna surrounding the ruins of the Dungeness mansion.

Block Island National Wildlife Refuge (Rhode Island)

Twelve designs for Block Island were reviewed.

CCAC Recommendations: Members selected design #10, the third preferred design of refuge officials.

CFA Recommendations: Members selected design #2, which is also the design liked best by refuge officials.

Block Island Design Candidate RI-01

Block Island Design Candidate RI-01

Block Island Design Candidate RI-02

Block Island Design Candidate RI-02

Block Island Design Candidate RI-03

Block Island Design Candidate RI-03

RI-01 features a pair of piping plovers flying near the nesting areas on Block Island. Footprints form a path towards the North Light lighthouse.

RI-02 depicts a black-crowned night-heron flying over a view from the beach at Cow Cove looking towards Sandy Point. The North Light lighthouse is seen in the background. This design was preferred by the CFA and refuge officials.

RI-03 features a mother piping plover with four of her chicks.

Block Island Design Candidate RI-04

Block Island Design Candidate RI-04

Block Island Design Candidate RI-04A

Block Island Design Candidate RI-04A

Block Island Design Candidate RI-05

Block Island Design Candidate RI-05

RI-04, RI-04A, and RI-05 feature two piping plovers flying over the North Light lighthouse.

Block Island Design Candidate RI-06

Block Island Design Candidate RI-06

Block Island Design Candidate RI-07

Block Island Design Candidate RI-07

RI-06 and RI-07 feature a mother piping plover with her young on the shore in front of North Light. In design 07, two American oystercatchers fly overhead.

Block Island Design Candidate RI-08

Block Island Design Candidate RI-08

Block Island Design Candidate RI-09

Block Island Design Candidate RI-09

Block Island Design Candidate RI-10

Block Island Design Candidate RI-10

Block Island Design Candidate RI-11

Block Island Design Candidate RI-11

RI-08 depicts a pair of common yellowthroat warblers over the rolling landscape with the North Light lighthouse in the background.

RI-09 and RI-10 feature piping plovers on the rocky beach in front of the North Light lighthouse. Design #10 was selected by the CCAC.

RI-11 depicts a piping plover being banded as part of conservation efforts to study migratory bird patterns.

The Treasury Secretary is responsible for selecting final designs after receiving recommendations from the CFA, CCAC, U.S. Mint and national site liaisons.

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{ 20 comments… read them below or add one }

Joe C. July 8, 2016 at 1:04 pm

Please keep the people and canoes out of the designs. They don’t belong there.

joera July 8, 2016 at 3:33 pm

Joe C.
I agree. Some of these coins just don’t have any “class.” And some of the designs just look a bit too cheesy.

Barry July 8, 2016 at 6:40 pm

Maybe they will consider a bear, mountain lion, wolf, rabbit, skunk, opossum or maybe a porcupine on future coins to add something new. Maybe the inside of a cave could be done. Just my two cents.

Christopher Williams July 8, 2016 at 7:11 pm

I agree with you, Barry.

Seth Riesling July 8, 2016 at 7:24 pm

Those single turtles on two designs look so lonely by themselves on the design. One bird looks like it is choking & ready to throw up on the beach on another design! Another bird is being held against its will & having metal shackles put on its legs! Someone should call PETA immediately.
That tree growing on top of the large rock formation is awesome!

-NumisDudeTX

vadim July 8, 2016 at 10:19 pm

I have to say that majority of these are absolutely great. I’m from Michigan, I know how canoeing is a popular recreation here so I have no problem with depicting it on the coin next to Pictured Rocks. Remember Shenandoah quarter? Turned out to be a great looking design with the climber and the mountains.

People from other states should voice opinions about their state’s designs.

Vachon July 9, 2016 at 9:33 am

I do like the one with the bird whose wing extends a bit into the raised outer area of the standardized design area (GA-06). If selected, I wonder if the Mint will clip the bird’s wing rather than let it have sunken relief in that area. For that alone I would like to see that design made.

Stewart July 9, 2016 at 4:36 pm

I never thought I’d think this, but I long for the day of a straight forward quarter, no gimmicks, no controversy. Many interesting designs, but it’s getting a tad showy.

Seth Riesling July 9, 2016 at 4:46 pm

Vachon –

I agree with you totally. That water bird with outstretched wings design is beautiful & well balanced & I hope it gets selected. It may be the best of all the coin designs shown.

-NumisDudeTX

Jp July 10, 2016 at 8:35 am

Ok, I’m from Wisconsin and my thoughts are that the canoes need to go! The scale just doesn’t look right. Last time I walked the beaches around here I didn’t see canoes…I saw BEER CANS and ladies unmentionables! Now where is that pictured on these coins? Huh??? LOL

Seth Riesling July 10, 2016 at 12:06 pm

Jp –

Funny! “ladies unmentionables” – Just wait for the gold Standing Liberty quarter to be issued next by the Mint as it will be the Type 1 version with Lady Liberty’s bare right breast! How scandalous. Lol

-NumisDudeTX

Jp July 10, 2016 at 1:12 pm

Seth
I can only hope so…

Joe C. July 10, 2016 at 1:24 pm

Please keep us abreast on this situation.

Robert July 10, 2016 at 4:12 pm

I’m originally from Wisconsin, too, and I can’t believe a native cheesehead (that’s you, Jp) can’t tell the difference between a canoe and a kayak. Also, having been to the Apostle Islands numerous times I can assure everyone that the shoreline depicted in the preferred design, WI-09, is scaled correctly. Those sea caves and cliffs are huge!!

Jp July 10, 2016 at 5:46 pm

Hey Robert,
I resemble that Cheesehead remark there…eh?
I say canoe, you say kayak, it’s a matter of semantics. Kind of like what the meaning of is, is. Is n’t it?
There are really nice looking designs on this set of coins. Hope I live to 2018 to collect one. I just think Pictured Rocks and Apostles Islands look a little too similar to me.
I like WI-09, if they just eliminated the dude in the yacht! Oh wait a minute, I mean the Kano-yak.
And, Joe, just where is your mind at ???

Seth Riesling July 10, 2016 at 6:02 pm

Joe C. –

LOL. The Mint will limit the gold SL quarters to “one bare breast” per household! The news media will have a field day with this coin issue as they did back in 1916 getting the public riled up & making Lady Liberty wear a “bra”.

Jp –

How about a coin collector cruise in your yacht? For a 3-hour tour!

-NumisDudeTX

Jp July 10, 2016 at 9:12 pm

Seth,
I can’t top the Lady Li bra ty coin pun.
I’ll take that cruise as long as MaryAnn comes along.
Here we go now;
Who’s a MaryAnn fan?
Whos a Ginger fan?

I thought this was about the designs for the 2018 Pucs?
How do we get off on these tangents anyways?

Seth Riesling July 10, 2016 at 10:17 pm

Jp –

As a kid I liked both MaryAnn & Ginger. I still think about their banana cream pies! Hard to believe Dawn Wells & Tina Louise are the only cast members still alive from that funny tv show. They actually used Hollywood paper money bills on that show when showing Mr. & Mrs. Howell with all their wealth. There is even a book about Hollywood screen money, which is very collectible.

-NumisDudeTX

Robert July 12, 2016 at 6:12 am

MidWEST girls are the BEST… Mary Ann (from Kansas) wins hands down!

Jp July 18, 2016 at 6:51 pm

I agree Robert. I agree!!

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