The U.S. Mint has
announced details for the 41st of 56 quarter launch ceremonies under
the America the Beautiful Quarters Program.
The first 2018 America the Beautiful quarter dollar, bearing a
reverse design representing Michigan’s Pictured Rocks National
Seashore quarter dollar, is to be celebrated Feb. 7 at at 10 a.m. ET
ceremony at he Mather Elementary School Auditorium, 411 Elm Ave., in
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Following the ceremony, participants may be able to exchange cash
for $10 face value rolls of 2018-P quarter dollars. Peoples State Bank of
Munising is sponsoring the coin exchange. The night before the
launch ceremony, from 6 to 7 p.m. at the Munising Township Office
E9630 Prospect St., the U.S. Mint will conduct a coin forum during
which Mint officials will provide details on upcoming coin programs
and participants may provide feedback on U.S. Mint initiatives.
The Pictured Rocks National Seashore quarter dollar is scheduled to
enter general circulation through the Federal Reserve on Feb. 5.
The coin's reverse design was created by U.S. Mint Artistic Infusion
Program artist Paul C. Balan and sculptured by U.S. Mint
Medallic Sculptor Michael Gaudioso. The design depicts Chapel Rock
and the white pine tree that grows atop it.
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The America the Beautiful Quarters Program is currently slated to
end in 2021 with the release of the Tuskegee Airmen National Historic
Site quarter dollar for Alabama. The Treasury secretary has the option
to extend the program for a second round of 56 coins, one each for a
second historical park or site in each of the 50 states, District of
Columbia and five U.S. territories, but must first notify Congress by
the end of calendar year 2018 of the intention to do so.
If the second round of 56 coins options is not exercised, the
authorizing legislation mandates the use for the obverse of sculptor
John Flanagan's original portrait of George Washington that appears on
the quarter dollar from 1932 through 1998, and a reverse design
reflecting George Washington’s Crossing the Delaware during the
Revolutionary War in his march on Trenton. The 1999 New Jersey State
quarter dollar reverse design also features the Washington Crossing
the Delaware theme.