2018 National Park Quarters
In 2018, the United States Mint persisted with the America the Beautiful Quarters Program, unveiling five new designs that celebrated the nation's awe-inspiring National Parks and other significant sites, showcasing the diverse beauty and rich history of the United States. The first quarter of 2018 honored Pictured Rocks National Lakeshore in Michigan, featuring the park's iconic Chapel Rock and a white pine tree, symbolizing the breathtaking landscapes and geological wonders of the Great Lakes region. The second quarter paid tribute to Apostle Islands National Lakeshore in Wisconsin, showcasing the sea caves at Devils Island, along with a kayaker navigating the waters, representing the park's remarkable natural features and recreational opportunities. The third quarter celebrated Voyageurs National Park in Minnesota, depicting a common loon floating alongside a rocky cliff, reflecting the park's pristine waters, diverse wildlife, and the spirit of exploration. The fourth quarter, commemorating Cumberland Island National Seashore in Georgia, featured a snowy egret perched on a branch with a salt marsh in the background, celebrating the island's unspoiled natural beauty and its abundant birdlife. Finally, the fifth quarter issued in 2018 honored Block Island National Wildlife Refuge in Rhode Island, showcasing the historic North Lighthouse and a black-crowned night heron in flight, reflecting the refuge's critical role in preserving diverse ecosystems and providing sanctuary for migratory birds. These quarters were minted in limited quantities, captivating collectors and the general public while promoting a deeper appreciation for the nation's natural wonders and historic landmarks.