Michigan’s Pictured Rocks to grace 2018 coin
A picturesque stretch of land in Michigan’s Upper Peninsula is set to grace a special quarter the United States Mint unveils for 2018.
The Pictured Rocks National Lakeshore is among the places featuring on the reverse side for the America the Beautiful Quarters program, officials announced Wednesday at the American Numismatics Association’s World’s Fair of Money.
The design representing Pictured Rocks depicts Chapel Rock and the white pine tree that grows atop with the inscriptions “PICTURED ROCKS,” “MICHIGAN,” “2018” and “E PLURIBUS UNUM.”
Pictured Rocks borders Lake Superior and includes more than 100 miles of trails, sandstone cliffs, beaches, sand dunes, waterfalls and forest, according to the National Park Service.
The other national sites to be recognized in 2018 are Apostle Islands National Lakeshore in Wisconsin, Voyageurs National Park in Minnesota, Cumberland Island National Seashore in Georgia and Block Island National Wildlife Refuge in Rhode Island, U.S. Mint officials said.
They grace the backs of the 2018 quarters while the “heads” side continues to feature the 1932 portrait of George Washington by sculptor John Flanagan.
The America the Beautiful Quarters program was authorized by a public act that directs the U.S. Mint to design, mint and issue quarters “emblematic of a national park or other national site in each state, the District of Columbia, and the five U.S. territories,” federal officials said in a statement. The Mint is issuing five new quarters each year until 2020.