The fourth coin to be struck in 2018 as part of the United States Mint America the Beautiful Quarters™ Program will be the 2018 Cumberland Island America the Beautiful Quarter. It also makes the forty-fourth coin in the series which consists of 56 new strikes created from 2010 to 2021.
The US Mint will probably only unveil the final design of the Cumberland Island Quarter in the first part of 2018. Sometime in the previous year, however, design candidates for the coin will be released for review and comment.
Coins in the America the Beautiful series honor sites of national interest from around the United States. One site was chosen from each state, the District of Columbia and the five US Territories and are honored at a rate of five per year since debuted in 2010. The final strike is due in 2021.
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
- Block Island National Wildlife Refuge Quarter
Cumberland Island National Seashore of Georgia
Only accessible by boat, the Cumberland Island National Seashore was created in 1972 to preserve a majority of Cumberland Island in Georgia.
The island is touted as the largest and southernmost of Georgia’s barrier islands and contains maritime forests, beaches and marshes, all which invite both visitors and wildlife to the area. Unfortunately, due to its limited access, only an estimated 40,000 visit the seashore annually.
For those that are interested in taking in the seashore, the visitor center and ferry access to the island is located in St. Marys, Georgia.
Visitors find a plethora of activities to keep them occupied including wildlife watching, sunbathing and swimming. Many also find enjoyment in collecting sea-shells, shark teeth and sand dollars. A limit of two gallons of these mementos is allowed.
All should take care to be respectful of the wildlife on the island. While some may be innocuous, there are also several dangerous species including rattlesnakes and alligators.