The first 2018 strike of the United States Mint America the Beautiful Quarters™ Program will be the 2018 Pictured Rock National Lakeshore Quarter. This coin will also be the forty-first in a series of 56 to be included in the series which started in 2010 and runs through 2021.
Pictured Rock design information for the quarter will not be known until probably 2017 at the earliest. If the Mint follows its normal procedure, sometime during that year, the design candidates should be released for review. Then, in early 2018 the final design should be unveiled.
Coins in this series honor sites of national interest from around the United States, the District of Columbia and the five US Territories. The program itself debuted in 2010 and is scheduled to run until 2021 at which time the final strike of the series is scheduled to appear.
Additional 2018 America the Beautiful Quarter releases for the year include:
- Apostle Islands National Lakeshore Quarter
- Voyageurs National Park Quarter
- Cumberland Island National Seashore Quarter
- Block Island National Wildlife Refuge Quarter
Pictured Rocks National Lakeshore of Michigan
Created in 1966, Pictured Rocks National Lakeshore in Michigan along Lake Superior has the distinction of being the first National Lakeshore ever created by Congress.
The Lakeshore consists of over 42 miles of shore covering 73,000 acres along the way. Paved roads enter the area on both ends, but anyone wishing to drive the entire length would have to do so on a county road.
Sites in the Lakeshore not only include the shore itself but a forest, lakes, waterfalls, sandstone cliffs and sand dunes. Colorful sandstone cliffs along the shore gave the area its name with their walls rising sometimes 200 feet above the lake level. The erosive effects of the water have created caves and other structures that are quick to foster the imagination in anyone.
Due to the Lakeshore’s proximity to Lake Superior, a few plants found in the region are more typically found in much colder climates. These include the Arctic crowberry and thimbleberry.