The last of five coins to be struck in 2018 as part of the United States Mint America the Beautiful Quarters™ Program will be the 2018 Block Island America the Beautiful Quarter. It is also the forty-fifth coin out of 56 new strikes that will be created as part of the program.
Final designs for this quarter should be unveiled in early 2018 along with the other four quarter dollars to be released that year. Design candidates for all of the 2018 strikes will probably be available for review in the first part of 2017.
As the last quarter of the year to be issued, it is likely to appear in late fall to early winter at which time it will enter circulation through the Federal Reserve Bank system. Typically, the US Mint also offers rolls and bags of these new strikes for sale directly to the public (for a premium above the face value).
The America the Beautiful Quarters Program honors sites of national interest from around the United States and its territories. The series debuted in 2010 and features five coins released annually as part of it until 2021 when the final strike is due.
Additional 2018 America the Beautiful Quarter releases for the year include:
- Pictured Rocks National Lakeshore Quarter
- Apostle Islands National Lakeshore Quarter
- Voyageurs National Park Quarter
- Cumberland Island National Seashore Quarter
Block Island National Wildlife Refuge of Rhode Island
Established in 1973, twelve miles off the shore of Rhode Island, Block Island National Wildlife Refuge was started with a transfer of 28 acres from the United States Coast Guard.
Today, the refuge encompasses 127 acres and is most noted as a stop-over for over 70 species of migratory songbirds in the Atlantic flyway. Fall is the most popular time to visit the island for both the birds and those wanting to catch a glimpse of them.
Visitors to the refuge should call ahead and reserve a space aboard the Block Island ferry which departs from Narragansett, Rhode Island.
Of interest, the island claims the largest gull colony in the state.