The United States Mint published images and official release dates for the five 2018 quarters that recognize national parks or historic sites in Michigan, Wisconsin, Minnesota, Georgia and Rhode Island.
They represent the 41st through 45th coins from the U.S. Mint’s series of America the Beautiful Quarters®. The program calls for one quarter honoring a national site in each of the 50 states, the District of Columbia, and the five U.S. territories. A combined 56 sites will be commemorated by end of the series in 2021.
Release dates and the locations celebrated on the 2018-dated quarters are:
- Feb. 5, 2018 – Pictured Rocks National Lakeshore in Michigan.
- April 9, 2018 – Apostle Islands National Lakeshore in Wisconsin.
- June 11, 2018 – Voyageurs National Park in Minnesota.
- Aug. 27, 2018 – Cumberland Island National Seashore in Georgia.
- Nov. 13, 2018 – Block Island National Wildlife Refuge in Rhode Island.
The U.S. Mint first unveiled line art images for these quarters in August, describing their designs and disclosing the artists who created them. More than four dozen candidate designs were in the running before the final five selections were made.
Each of the 2018 quarters will start their journey into general circulation on the above published dates, and all of them will be minted at the facilities in Denver and Philadelphia. The San Francisco Mint also produces quarters but only for specially packaged numismatic products. The U.S. Mint throughout 2018 will sell quarters struck from all three locations in several products, including:
- rolls and bags of them in circulating quality,
- circulating versions in coin sets,
- uncirculated editions in annual sets, and
- proof versions in annual sets.
The U.S. Mint will also use the same designs on companion bullion and collector coins that are composed from five ounces of 99.9% fine silver and struck to a diameter of 3 inches. CoinNews will talk more about these larger coins and each new quarter product when they become available.
For information about past releases, visit our news section on quarters.
2018 Quarter Images
U.S. Mint-published images and brief descriptions of the five designs appearing on the reverse or tails side of the quarters are below.
Pictured Rocks National Lakeshore (Michigan)
The design depicts Chapel Rock and the white pine tree that grows atop with the inscriptions "PICTURED ROCKS," "MICHIGAN," "2018" and "E PLURIBUS UNUM."
Artistic Infusion Program (AIP) Designer Paul C. Balan designed this reverse and Mint Sculptor-Engraver Michael Gaudioso sculpted it.
Apostle Islands National Lakeshore (Wisconsin)
The design shows the sea caves at Devils Island with the lighthouse in the background and a kayaker paddling in the foreground. Inscriptions are "APOSTLE ISLANDS," "WISCONSIN," "2018" and "E PLURIBUS UNUM."
AIP Designer Richard Masters designed this reverse and Mint Sculptor-Engraver Renata Gordon sculpted it.
Voyageurs National Park (Minnesota)
The design depicts a common loon with a rock cliff in the background and the inscriptions "VOYAGEURS," "MINNESOTA," "2018" and "E PLURIBUS UNUM."
AIP Designer Patricia Lucas-Morris designed this reverse and Mint Sculptor-Engraver Joseph Menna sculpted it.
Cumberland Island National Seashore (Georgia)
The design shows a snowy egret perched on a branch on the edge of a salt marsh, ready for flight. Inscriptions are "CUMBERLAND ISLAND," "GEORGIA," "2018" and "E PLURIBUS UNUM."
AIP Designer Donna Weave designed this reverse and former Mint Sculptor-Engraver Don Everhart sculpted it.
Block Island National Wildlife Refuge (Rhode Island)
The design depicts a black-crowned night-heron flying over a view from the beach at Cow Cove looking towards Sandy Point. The North Lighthouse is seen in the background. Inscriptions are "BLOCK ISLAND," "RHODE ISLAND," "2018" and "E PLURIBUS UNUM."
AIP Designer Chris Costello designed this reverse and Mint Sculptor-Engraver Phebe Hemphill sculpted it.