Appearing as the second 2018 release of the US Mint’s America the Beautiful Quarters® Program will be the Apostle Islands National Lakeshore Quarter. This strike honors the lakeshore located in the state of Wisconsin and marks the forty-second quarter released in the series which debuted in 2010.
The release of the Apostle Islands National Lakeshore Quarter will mark only the second time that a national lakeshore has been featured in the series. The first time will only occur with the release of the strike immediately preceding the Apostle Islands Quarter and be known as the Pictured Rocks National Lakeshore Quarter.
Strikes in the America the Beautiful Quarters Program can honor any sites of national interest in the United States, Washington D.C. or the five US Territories. However, as the chosen sites are released in the order upon which the sites came under the direct control of the federal government, it is not terribly surprising to find the first appearance of a national lakeshore quarter appearing in 2018. The first national lakeshore was only created by Congress in 1966.
As previously mentioned, the first 2018 strike of the series to be released will be the Pictured Rocks National Lakeshore Quarter. It will be followed by this Apostle Islands National Lakeshore Quarter, then the Voyageurs National Park Quarter, the Cumberland Islands National Seashore Quarter and finally the Block Island National Wildlife Refuge Quarter.
Apostle Islands National Lakeshore information
The national lakeshore includes 21 islands, for which the site takes its name, but also boasts beaches, cliffs, old growth remnant forests and several historic lighthouses. The most popular of these lighthouses is likely the one found on Sand Island. It stands approximately 44 feet tall and was first lit in 1921. Another popular lighthouse is the one on Raspberry Island which has been completely renovated.
As one can guess, access to the area is somewhat limited. Personal boats are welcome with many public docking locations. Ferry’s are also available or in the winter, an ice road may be used.