2018 Pictured Rocks National Lakeshore Quarters for Michigan Released

by Darrin Lee Unser on February 5, 2018 · 3 comments

Products containing the first 2018-dated coin from the United States Mint America the Beautiful Quarters® Program launched today, Feb. 5. Featuring Michigan’s Pictured Rocks National Lakeshore, the new quarter is available in quantities ranging from a single 40-coin roll to 100-coin bags.

Pictured Rocks National Lakeshore quarter, rolls and bags

The U.S. Mint released rolls and bags of Pictured Rocks National Lakeshore quarters

Established in 1966, the United State’s first national lakeshore is a narrow strip of a park that stretches along the Lake Superior coast for more than 40 miles. The shoreline consists of colorful sandstone cliffs, beaches, sand dunes, waterfalls, lakes, and other natural formations. It offers a plethora of outdoor opportunities like hiking, camping, and sightseeing.

Pictured Rocks quarter Designs

A total of thirteen design candidates were considered for the quarter’s reverse. From those thirteen, one depicting a scenic view from within the national lakeshore was chosen.

Design candidates 2018 Pictured Rocks National Lakeshore quarter

Design candidates for the 2018 Pictured Rocks National Lakeshore quarter

The design offers a likeness of Chapel Rock with the white pine tree that grows on top of it. Inscriptions around the artwork include "PICTURED ROCKS," "MICHIGAN," "2018" and "E PLURIBUS UNUM." Artistic Infusion Program (AIP) Designer Paul C. Balan designed the image with U.S. Mint Sculptor-Engraver Michael Gaudioso executing the design for use on coinage.

Pictured Rocks National Lakeshore Quarter - reverse

Michigan’s Pictured Rocks quarter depicts Chapel Rock and the white pine tree that grows atop. The quarter is the first of five for 2018.

In the following U.S. Mint video, Gaudioso talks a little about his work on the quarter.

 

Adorning the obverse (heads side) of each new quarter is a portrait of the first President of the United States, George Washington. The image has appeared on quarters since 1932. However, for America the Beautiful Quarters, the Mint has stated that the design was "restored to bring out subtle details and the beauty of the original model."

Obverse inscriptions read "UNITED STATES OF AMERICA," "LIBERTY," "IN GOD WE TRUST," and "QUARTER DOLLAR." A mintmark also appears on obverses to indicate where they are made with ‘P’ for Philadelphia, ‘D’ for Denver, and ‘S’ for San Francisco.

Pictured Rock Quarter Roll and Bag Products

Pictured Rocks quarters are available in circulation quality from all three production facilities. Pricing and product options include:

Product US Mint Production Facility Price
40-coin rolls San Francisco $18.95
Two-roll sets 40 Philadelphia & 40 Denver coins $32.95
Three-roll sets 40 San Francisco, 40 Philadelphia, & 40 Denver $46.95
100-coin bags San Francisco $34.95
100-coin bags Philadelphia $34.95
100-coin bags Denver $34.95

 

Unlike the quarters from Denver or Philadelphia, those from San Francisco will not be released into circulation.

Ordering Quarter Rolls and Bags

Buy the new quarter rolls and bags directly from the U.S. Mint’s online store located here. They may also be ordered by calling the U.S. Mint’s customer service line at 1-800-USA-MINT (872-6468).

Forum, Official Release Ceremony and Coin Exchange

An official Pictured Rocks quarter release ceremony is planned for Wednesday, Feb. 7, 2018 at 10 A.M. (ET). The ceremony will be held at Mather Elementary School Auditorium in Munising.

After the ceremony, attendees will be offered the opportunity to exchange cash for rolls of the new release.

The previous evening, Tuesday, Feb. 6, 2018, a coin forum will be hosted by officials of the U.S. Mint at the Munising Township Office. It will run from 6 P.M. to 7 P.M.

2018 America the Beautiful Quarters

The Mint’s America the Beautiful Quarter series features five new releases annually with each depicting a unique national park or other national site. (See quarter releases by year.)

Photo of Lens in 2018 America the Beautiful Quarters Proof Set

Above is a CoinNews photo of the five 2018 America the Beautiful Quarters. These coins are special collector proof editions from the San Francisco Mint that launched in an annual set earlier this year.

Subsequent releases this year will showcase reverse designs honoring the following national sites:

Location of Site Site Honored Scheduled Release Date
Wisconsin Apostle Islands National Lakeshore April 9, 2018
Minnesota Voyageurs National Park June 11, 2018
Georgia Cumberland Island National Seashore Aug. 27, 2018
Rhode Island Block Island National Wildlife Refuge Nov. 13, 2018

 

The program debuted in 2010 and will run through 2021. By that time, a total of fifty-six quarter dollars will have been issued with one commemorating each state, the District of Columbia and the five U.S. territories.

America the Beautiful Five Ounce Silver Coins

The U.S. Mint also produces three-inch, five-ounce silver coins with designs identical to their companion quarter. They include bullion coins sold through the Mint’s network of authorized purchasers for a premium above their melt value and uncirculated versions for collectors.

The 2018 Pictured Rocks National Lakeshore Uncirculated Five Ounce Silver Coin is scheduled for release later this week, on Friday, Feb. 9. The U.S. Mint will sell the .999 fine silver coin for $154.95.

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Beautiful design, and not releasing coins from the San Francisco mint into circulation is a great idea. Not a collector of circulation coins but may pick up a 3 roll set…could be a weekend treasure hunt trying to find a error coin from one or more of the three mints. Cheaper and more fun than going out for dinner…and yes, I am a numismatist at heart…some say “coin geek“, I say treasure hunter and fan of history lol

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25.00 x 40 ”1/4,s” = $10.00 for $18.95 or 25.00 x 100 ”1/4,s” = $25.00 $15.00 more $,s = 60 + 1/4,s for $37.95 so a bag of 100 1/4,s with the *s* mint mark , by far the lowest mintage of D,P,S, for circulating minted 1/4,s that don’t circulate. As of date the lowest mintage in the 2018 *blue book* 863,860 for S* mint South Carolina 2016 1/4, highest mintage 1,680,140 *Puerto Rico, first coin first year S* mint non circulating, circulated minted 1/4, they all go for $0.50 in the *blue book, all of the P & D 1/4,s from the start of the 2012-S mint non circulating, circulated minted 1/4,s go for $0.30 each in mint state grade 63. ”’ CORRECTION”’ sent’s i* don’t know how to fix my ”boo”boo”’ the easy way *yet* i’ll do it this way, o’well, $0.25 x 40, 1/4,s = $10.00 for… Read more »
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What a beautiful design, amazing craftsmanship. Reminds me of something my home mint (RCM) would produce. Great work US Mint

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