2018 Block Island National Wildlife Refuge Quarter released in Rhode Island

Block Island National Wildlife Refuge Quarter Released

The new Block Island National Wildlife Refuge quarter, 45th issue of the National Park quarter series and 5th and final design for 2018, is now in circulation. The U.S. Mint’s official launch ceremony took place in the Block Island National Wildlife Refuge Visitor Center in Charlestown, Rhode Island on Thursday, November 15. After the ceremony, attendees were able to get $10 rolls of the new 2018 Block Island quarters at face value.

The special reverse design of the new quarters depicts a black-crowned night-heron flying above the beach at Cow Cove with a view toward Sandy Point and the North Light lighthouse. Add the new Block Island quarters to your collection now.

2018 Cumberland Island National Seashore Quarter released at local High School

2018 Cumberland Island National Seashore Quarter released at local High School

The new Cumberland Island National Seashore quarter, 44th issue of the series and the fourth design for 2018, is now in circulation. On August 30, 2018, the official launch ceremony for the new Cumberland Island quarter took place in the Camden County High School Auditorium, which is located in Kingsland, Georgia.

After the ceremony, a coin exchange was held where attendees were able to get $10 rolls of the new quarters at face value. This issue depicts a snowy egret about to take flight, with a salt marsh in the background. Add the new Cumberland Island quarters to your collection now.

Block Island National Wildlife Refuge Quarter Design Finalized

Block Island National Wildlife Refuge Quarter Design Finalized

The U.S. Mint announced the final design for the 2018 Block Island National Wildlife Refuge quarter on August 1, 2017 at the American Numismatic Association’s World’s Fair of Money in Denver. Featuring the 5th and final new National Park quarter design for 2018, the Block Island coin will depict a black-crowned night-heron flying above the beach at Cow Cove with a view towards Sandy Point and the North Light lighthouse. Designed by Chris Costello of the U.S. Mint’s Artistic Infusion Program, the reverse will also bear the inscriptions block island, rhode island, 2018 and e pluribus unum.

The Block Island National Wildlife Refuge is located about 12 miles off the southern coast of Rhode Island and is a critical migratory bird stopover on the Atlantic flyway visited each year by over 70 different species of songbirds. Now comprising 127 acres on Block Island, the refuge was founded in 1973 on land transferred by the U.S. Coast Guard. The refuge is most visited for bird watching during the migratory Fall season, however Block Island is a popular destination for bird watchers, photographers and sport fishermen throughout the year.

Candidate Designs for New 2018 Block Island National Wildlife Refuge Quarter

Candidate designs for the 2018 Block Island National Wildlife Refuge Quarter

Candidate designs for the 2018 Block Island National Wildlife Refuge Quarter


During June of 2017, the Commission of Fine Arts (CFA) and the Citizens Coinage Advisory Committee (CCAC) reviewed 12 design proposals for the reverse of the new 2018 Block Island National Wildlife Refuge quarter. This coin will be the 45th issue of the 2010-2021 National Park Quarter Series, and the design will commemorate a critical migratory bird stopover located 12 miles off the southern coast of Rhode Island which is visited each year by over 70 different species of migratory birds.

The CFA recommended design #2 depicting a black-crowned night-heron flying over the beach at Cow Cove with a view towards Sandy Point and the North Light lighthouse. This design was also preferred by officials of the Block Island National Wildlife Refuge. The CCAC recommended design #10 depicting a piping plover on the rocky beach in front of the North Light lighthouse (the third-choice design of refuge officials). Other design proposals featured such migratory bird species as American oystercatchers and common yellowthroat warblers.

After consideration of all recommendations by the CFA, CCAC and refuge officials, the U.S. Mint submitted a selection of favored designs to the Secretary of the Treasury – who will choose the final design for the 2018 Block Island quarter design.

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.