Candidate designs for the new 2018 Apostle Islands National Lakeshore quarter

Candidate designs for the new 2018 Apostle Islands National Lakeshore quarter

Candidate designs for the new 2018 Apostle Islands National Lakeshore quarter

Candidate designs for the 2018 Apostle Islands National Lakeshore quarter[/caption]Candidate designs for the 2018 Apostle Islands National Lakeshore quarter[/caption]In June 2016, the Commission of Fine Arts and Citizens Advisory Committee met to review nine designs for the reverse of the 2018 Apostle Islands National Lakeshore quarter. All designs varied: Six showed kayakers on Lake Superior enjoying the natural rock formations and sea caves. A few of those designs featured a lighthouse in the background. The three other proposed designs highlighted the park’s natural beauty, focusing only on the water, rock formations and sea caves.

After the Commission of Fine Arts (CFA), and the Citizens Coinage Advisory Committee (CCAC) reviews designs, the U.S. Mint recommends the favorites to the Secretary of the Treasury who then makes the final selection.

The Apostle Islands coin will honor this beautiful park that’s home to 21 islands, many sea caves and wonderful rock formations, plus the largest number of lighthouses found in any national park.

Apostle Islands National Lakeshore featured 42nd in National Park Quarter series

Apostle Islands National Lakeshore

Apostle Islands National Lakeshore


Located in western Lake Superior, Apostle Islands National Lakeshore offers 21 different islands and a 12-mile stretch of lakeshore on the mainland for visitors to enjoy. This Wisconsin park has more lighthouses than any other national park – a total of 8.

Lake Superior is one of the largest freshwater lakes in the world, and because of its rocky shores, the park’s lighthouses once played an important part in maritime navigation. The earliest Apostle Islands “light” was built on Michigan Island in 1856, followed by Long Island’s LaPointe light in 1858 and later Raspberry Island light in 1862. Michigan and Raspberry lighthouses are just a few that visitors can see and tour inside.

In the fall of 1970, 20 islands, a 12-mile strip of mainland and a ¼ mile of water offshore from each land unit became the Apostle Islands National Lakeshore park. Later in 1986, the Congress added Long Island and transferred lighthouses from the Coast Guard to the park.

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2018 Pictured Rocks National Lakeshore Quarter released at Mather Elementary School

Pictured Rocks National Lakeshore Quarter Released

Pictured Rocks National Lakeshore Quarter Released

The new Pictured Rocks National Lakeshore quarter, 41st issue of the series and the first design for 2018, is now in circulation. On February 7, 2018, the official launch ceremony for the new Pictured Rocks quarter took place in the Mather Elementary School Auditorium, which is located in Munising, Michigan.

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 Chapel Rock with the white pine that grows out of its top.

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Pictured Rocks National Lakeshore Quarter design finalized

On August 1, 2017, the U.S. Mint announced the final design for the Pictured Rocks National Lakeshore quarters. The reverse shows Chapel Rock with the white pine that grows out of its top. The inscriptions on the coin’s reverse include the name and location of the site: pictured rocks, michigan, the year of issue: 2018, and the motto: e pluribus unum.

Pictured Rocks National Lakeshore Quarter design finalized

Pictured Rocks National Lakeshore Quarter design finalized

This handsome quarter is a perfect match for the 2004 Statehood quarter, which also featured Michigan, the park’s home state. As the 41st in the series overall, the Pictured Rocks quarter will be followed by designs honoring Apostle Islands, Voyageurs, Cumberland Island and Block Island sites.

Candidate designs for new 2018 Pictured Rocks National Lakeshore Quarter

Candidate designs for new 2018 Pictured Rocks National Lakeshore Quarter

Candidate designs for new 2018 Pictured Rocks National Lakeshore Quarter


In July of 2016, both the Citizens Coinage Advisory Committee (CCAC) and the Commission of Fine Arts (CFA) reviewed several candidate designs for the reverse of the 2018 Pictured Rocks National Lakeshore quarter.
The CCAC recommended an up-close view of Chapel Rock with the white pine growing out of the top. The CFA opted for a design that also shows Chapel Rock and its lone pine tree, with trees surrounding.
Known for the impressive sandstone cliffs that line a colorful stretch of Lake Superior in Michigan, Pictured Rocks is home to natural caves and scenic waterfalls. The water holds mineral deposits that streak the rocks with bold colors, giving the park its name.