Shorelines, trees and birds — those are the common design elements
appearing on the 2018 America the Beautiful quarter dollars.
United States Mint officials unveiled the designs Aug. 1 at the Mint
booth at the ANA World’s Fair of Money in Denver, and then shortly
thereafter in the image library at the Mint website.
The 2018 coins in the America the Beautiful quarter dollars program
all pay tribute to the natural beauty of sites in five states located
in the East and upper Midwest. The national sites to be recognized in
2018 are Pictured Rocks National Lakeshore in Michigan, Apostle
Islands National Lakeshore in Wisconsin, Voyageurs National Park in
Minnesota, Cumberland Island National Seashore in Georgia and Block
Island National Wildlife Refuge in Rhode Island.
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Each design features a scene from the honored site. All five coins
show shoreline scenes, with most showing trees and three showing birds
that typify the respective sites.
The design representing Pictured Rocks National Lakeshore depicts
Chapel Rock and the white pine tree that grows atop it, with the
inscriptions PICTURED ROCKS, MICHIGAN, 2018 and E PLURIBUS UNUM. This
reverse was designed by Artistic Infusion Program designer Paul C.
Balan and sculptured by Mint Sculptor-Engraver Michael Gaudioso.
The design representing Apostle Islands National Lakeshore depicts
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. This reverse was
designed by AIP designer Richard Masters and sculptured by Mint
Sculptor-Engraver Renata Gordon.
The design representing Voyageurs National Park depicts a common
loon with a rock cliff in the background and the inscriptions
VOYAGEURS, MINNESOTA, 2018 and E PLURIBUS UNUM. This reverse was
designed by AIP Designer Patricia Lucas-Morris and sculptured by Mint
Sculptor-Engraver Joseph Menna.
The design representing Cumberland Island National Seashore depicts
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. This reverse was designed by AIP Designer Donna Weaver
and sculptured by Mint Sculptor-Engraver Don Everhart.
The design selected for the quarter honoring Block Island National
Wildlife Refuge 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. This reverse was designed by
AIP Designer Chris Costello and sculptured by Mint Sculptor-Engraver
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The obverse of the 2018 quarters will continue to feature the 1932
portrait of George Washington by sculptor John Flanagan. Required
obverse inscriptions are UNITED STATES OF AMERICA, LIBERTY, IN GOD WE
TRUST, and QUARTER DOLLAR.
2018 marks the ninth year of the America the Beautiful Quarters
Program authorized by Public Law 110-456, the America’s Beautiful
National Parks Quarter Dollar Coin Act of 2008. The act directs the
Mint to design, mint, and issue quarter-dollar coins emblematic of a
national park or other national site in each state, the District of
Columbia, and the five U.S. territories. In accordance with the Act,
the Mint is issuing the new quarters at the rate of five per year
until 2020 in the order in which each honored site was first
established. The final coin will be released in 2021.