The last 2019 United States Mint America the Beautiful Quarters™ Program strike will be the 2019 Frank Church River of No Return Wilderness Quarter. It also has the distinction of being the fiftieth coin in the series which, when completed, will encompass 56 new quarter dollars.
Final design information on the Frank Church quarter will probably not be known until early 2019 when the Mint unveils the designs for all of the quarter dollars to be released that year. Design candidate information, however, should be available in early 2018 when they are reviewed by the appropriate organizations and individuals.
As the final quarter of the year to be issued, the Frank Church River of No Return Wilderness Quarter will likely enter into circulation sometime in late fall to early winter of 2019.
Additional 2019 America the Beautiful Quarter releases for the year include:
- Lowell National Historical Park Quarter
- American Memorial Park Quarter
- War in the Pacific National Historical Park Quarter
- San Antonio Missions National Historical Park Quarter
Frank Church River of No Return Wilderness of Idaho
Located in Idaho and created in 1980, the Frank Church River of No Returns Wilderness is the largest contiguous area of protected wilderness in the continental United States at 2.3 million acres.
Inside the wilderness area, visitors find mountainous landscapes including deep canyons and white-water rivers. The Salmon River Canyon is one of the deepest gorges in the United States, with a depth larger than the Grand Canyon, but without the sheer walls.
The name of the area has two origins. First, the Salmon River was called the River of No Returns by early settlers who could navigate down the river, but were unable to make it back up due to the rapids. Frank Church was a US Senator who was instrumental in the protection of the area.
In conjunction with the nearby Gospel Hump Wilderness, the Frank Church Wilderness creates a 3.3 million acre roadless area. Just to the north, the Selway-Bitterroot Wilderness is only separated by a dirt road.
Since it is designated a wilderness, most motorized machinery is prohibited. However, several air-strips are present and jet boats are allowed on the Main Fork of the Salmon River because they were grandfathered in.