Block Island – “One of the 12 last great places in the Western Hemisphere”

Block Island - 'One of the 12 last great places in the Western Hemisphere.'

Just about 12 miles off the coast of Rhode Island lies the most important migratory bird habitat on the East coast – the Block Island National Wildlife Refuge. Over 70 different types of migratory songbirds visit the island each fall. Plus, the endangered sand-colored Piping Plover makes its home there.

In 1614, Dutch explorer Adrian Block sailed to the island, giving it his name. But its original inhabitants were the Narragansett Indians. By the 1970s, citizens had become worried about development on the island. When the Coast Guard transferred 28 acres in 1973, Block Island National Wildlife Refuge was born. The same year, the U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service acquired North Light and the land surrounding it, which added to the refuge’s size. The historic lighthouse will be shown on the 2018 Block Island quarter. Block Island has 17 miles of public beaches, sparkling waters, and spectacular bluffs – making it a popular destination. More information on the Island can be found at BlockIslandInfo.com.

Cumberland Island National Seashore Quarter design finalized

Cumberland Island National Seashore Quarter design finalized

On August 1, 2017, the U.S. Mint announced the final design for the Cumberland Island National Seashore quarters. The reverse shows a snowy egret with its wings spread, perched on a branch before a marsh. The inscriptions on the coin’s reverse include the name and location of the site: cumberland island, georgia, the year of issue: 2018, and the motto: e pluribus unum.

This handsome quarter is a perfect match for the 1999 Statehood quarter, which also featured Georgia, the park’s home state. As the 44th in the series overall, the Cumberland Island quarter will be followed by a design honoring Rhode Island’s Block Island National Wildlife Refuge.

Candidate designs for new 2018 Cumberland Island National Seashore Quarter

Candidate designs for new 2018 Cumberland Island National Seashore Quarter

Candidate designs for new 2018 Cumberland Island National Seashore Quarter

In July of 2016, both the Citizens Coinage Advisory Committee (CCAC) and the Commission of Fine Arts (CFA) made recommendations after reviewing several candidate designs for the reverse of the 2018 Cumberland Island National Seashore quarter.

The CCAC recommended a design showing a loggerhead sea turtle in the water, swimming. The CFA opted for a design showing a snowy egret with wings spread, perched on a branch before a marsh.

Located on the southern end of Georgia’s coastline, Cumberland Island is one of the state’s biggest barrier islands. It’s home to untouched forests and beaches, as well as freshwater lakes and saltwater marshes.

Cumberland Island National Seashore featured on 44th in National Park Quarter series

Cumberland Island National Seashore featured on 44th in National Park Quarter series

Located on the southern end of Georgia’s coastline, Cumberland Island is one of the state’s biggest barrier islands. It boasts untouched forests and beaches, as well as freshwater lakes and saltwater marshes.
The island is also host to a variety of wildlife. Feral horses, wild hogs and armadillos all run free. And endangered loggerhead sea turtles come ashore to lay their eggs – an average of 25-30% of the state’s sea turtle nests are laid on Cumberland Island each year!
Learn more about Cumberland Island National Seashore.

2018 Voyageurs National Park Quarter launch held at Irv Anderson Amphitheater

Voyageurs National Park Quarter Launched

The Voyageurs National Park quarter was honored on June 14th, during the launch ceremony at the Irv Anderson Amphitheater in International Falls, MN. The Voyageurs National Park quarter is the third issue of 2018 and 43rd release of the National Park series. On the 13th, the evening before the launch, a coin forum was held at the Kabetogama Lake Town Hall in Kabetogama, MN. This historic park has 218,054 acres and over a third of that is water. The park is named for the “voyageurs,” who once paddled its waterways to trade furs.

Attendees can exchange cash for $10 of quarters in rolls. Each quarter features a common loon with rock cliffs and forests in the background. The 2018 quarter series honor some of America’s more interesting and unusual parks – Pictured Rocks, Apostle Islands, Voyageurs, Cumberland Island and Block Island. Update your collection today with new Voyageurs Park Quarters.