Apostle Islands Quarters for Michigan in Three-Coin Set

by Darrin Lee Unser on April 17, 2018 · 4 comments

A set of three coins honoring Apostle Islands National Lakeshore in Wisconsin goes on sale today at noon ET for $9.95.

2018 Apostle Islands National Lakeshore Quarter Three-Coin Set

Apostle Islands National Lakeshore Quarter Three-Coin Set (front and back). This product is the second of five for 2018 and the forty-second overall in the U.S. Mint’s series of America the Beautiful Quarters Three-Coin Set™.

Apostle Island quarters are the second coin to appear this year in the America the Beautiful series. Regular circulating versions debuted last week. Produced for coin collectors, the three coins of this set have more unique finishes, with:

  • one uncirculated quarter from the Philadelphia Mint
  • one uncirculated quarter from the Denver Mint, and
  • one proof quarter from the San Francisco Mint.

Each showcases the Apostle Islands design created by Richard Masters and sculpted by Renata Gordon. It features the site’s sea caves at Devils Island with a lighthouse in the background and a kayaker in the foreground. Inscriptions around the design include "APOSTLE ISLANDS," "WISCONSIN," "2018" and "E PLURIBUS UNUM."

A portrait of George Washington is located on the coins’ obverse (heads side). The effigy of the first President of the United States was originally designed by artist John Flanagan and has been seen on quarter dollars since 1932. Obverse inscriptions read "UNITED STATES OF AMERICA," "LIBERTY," "IN GOD WE TRUST" and the face value of "QUARTER DOLLAR." In addition, there is a mintmark indicating the coin’s production with a ‘D’ for the Denver Mint, a ‘P’ for the Philadelphia Mint, and an ‘S’ for the San Francisco Mint.

Photo of a 2018-S Proof Apostle Islands National Lakeshore Quarter

Proof coins tend to have greater appeal because they have frosted designs and mirror-like backgrounds. This CoinNews photo shows a closer view of a proof Apostle Islands quarter. One of them is in the three-coin set. Designed by Richard Masters and sculpted by Renata Gordon, quarter reverses depict the park’s sea caves at Devils Island with a lighthouse in the background and a kayaker in the foreground.

The three coins of this set are all attached to a plastic card showcasing a photo of Apostle Islands National Lakeshore. The card also offers a brief description of the lakeshore and a certificate of authenticity.

Ordering

America the Beautiful products are available directly from the U.S. Mint’s website, right here. Orders are also accepted by calling 1-800-USA-MINT (872-6468).

Older Three-Coin Sets Available

Older quarter sets dating back to 2016 are still available. Figures show their sales range from about 11,100 to 16,460.

Photo of 2018 Pictured Rocks National Lakeshore Quarters Three-Coin Set

A CoinNews photo of this year’s very first three-coin set with quarters emblematic of Pictured Rocks National Lakeshore in Michigan. These coins are struck and issued by the U.S. Mint as part of its America the Beautiful Quarters® Program. The series debuted in 2010 and features five new quarters annually with each celebrating a different site of national interest.

The first set released this year featured coins honoring Pictured Rocks National Lakeshore in Michigan. Three more quarters will be issued later this year with reverse designs depicting Voyageurs National Park in Minnesota, Cumberland Island National Seashore in Georgia, and Block Island National Wildlife Refuge in Rhode Island.

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Lemmy Caution
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Lemmy Caution

The proof version of this one is fantastic.

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Lemmy Caution

I’m rather surprised; I thought this coin would pretty much be thought of unanimously as a definite winner. Each to his/her own, I suppose.

Mike Smith
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I agree – looking forward to seeing the 5oz P version. My personal favorite so far is the Blue Ridge Mountains Coin with a shoutout for the Shenandoah National Park since I live close by.