The 2018 Voyageurs National Park Quarter will be the third United States Mint America the Beautiful Quarters™ Program coin to be struck in 2018. It will also be the forty-third coin in the series which will include a total of 56 new strikes when it is completed in 2021.
Final design information for the Voyageurs coin will not be known until probably the first part of 2018 when the Mint should unveil all five designs for the five new quarters to be struck that year. The public will get a glimpse of design candidates the previous year, however, as they are released to groups like the Citizen’s Coinage Advisory Committee and the Commission of Fine Arts for their review. The candidates will also be reviewed by the chief executive of each state and the Secretary of the Interior.
The Voyageurs National Park Quarter should be issued sometime during the summer of 2018 and will enter general circulation at that time through the Federal Reserve Banks. Bags and rolls of the strikes will likely also be available directly from the US Mint.
Additional 2018 America the Beautiful Quarter releases for the year include:
- Pictured Rocks National Lakeshore Quarter
- Apostle Islands National Lakeshore Quarter
- Cumberland Island National Seashore Quarter
- Block Island National Wildlife Refuge Quarter
Voyageurs National Park of Minnesota
Established in 1975, Voyageurs National Park is located near International Falls, Minnesota.
The park itself is named after French-Canadian fur traders known as voyageurs who were the first European settlers to frequent the area. They used the waterways of the area to both catch the animals from which they derived the fur from as well as a means of transportation to get those furs to market.
Today, an estimated quarter of a million annual visitors frequent the park, enjoying activities such as camping, boating, canoeing, kayaking and fishing.
Over 500 islands are located within the park boundaries of Voyageurs. According, a majority of the park is only accessible by boat including the 200 plus park camping sites. Those who would like to camp but do not have a boat can take advantage of two state parks located adjacent to the national park which have vehicle access.
Visitors will enjoy the moderate summer months with average temperatures in the 60 to 80 degree range. Winter temperatures, however, can be quite harsh.