The first 2018 America the Beautiful quarter dollar will enter
general circulation through the Federal Reserve on Feb. 5: the
Pictured Rocks National Seashore coin, representing Michigan.
Release dates for the other four 2018 quarter dollars were also made public.
Designer abandoned original reverse design late
in the process
Also in our Oct. 30 issue, Mike Diamond presents an interesting
question in his Collectors’ Clearinghouse column: How many errors
can one coin have?
The five 2018 coins represent numbers 46 through 50 of a total of
56 coins to be issued during the 12-year program. The program calls
for one coin depicting a national park or historic site in each of the
50 states, the District of Columbia, and the five U.S. territories.
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The program will end in 2021, with the issue of the 56th and final
coin, representing the Tuskegee Airmen National Historic Site in Alabama.
The release dates for the other 2018 quarter dollars are:
➤ Apostle Islands National Lakeshore, April 9
➤ Voyageurs National Park, June 11
➤ Cumberland Island National Seashore, Aug. 27
➤ Block Island National Wildlife Refuge, Nov. 13
Collectors will first see the 2018 quarter dollars rendered as Proof
coins for special collector sets, likely to be offered by the U.S.
Mint sometime in January.
Official launch ceremonies associated with the circulation releases
for the individual coins will be conducted by the U.S. Mint near the
release dates of the coins to the Federal Reserve. The circulation
release to the Federal Reserve usually coincides also with the U.S.
Mint's offering of the circulation strikes as numsimatic products in
bags and rolls.