Cumberland Island National Seashore Quarter
Released as the fourth 2018 strike of the US Mint’s America the Beautiful Quarters® Program will be the Cumberland Island National Seashore Quarter honoring the site in Georgia. It marks the forty-fourth strike in the series which will include a total of fifty-six when completed in 2021.
Of interest, the Cumberland Island National Seashore Quarter marks the only strike in the series scheduled to honor a national seashore. Others in the program honor sites like national parks, national monuments, national forests and even national lakeshores, but no other national seashore is scheduled to be included in the America the Beautiful Quarters Program.
The series itself debuted in 2010 and features five strikes released annually as part of it. Each strike features a reverse design emblematic of a different site of national interest. One site site was chosen from each state, the District of Columbia and the five US territories.
Preceding the Cumberland Island National Seashore Quarter in 2018 will be the Pictured Rocks National Lakeshore Quarter, the Apostle Islands National Lakeshore Quarter and the Voyageurs National Park Quarter. Following the Cumberland Island National Seashore Quarter in 2018 will be the Block Island National Wildlife Refuge Quarter.
Cumberland Island National Seashore information
Cumberland Island National Seashore of Georgia consists of over 36 thousand acres and was initially established by an Act of Congress on October 23, 1972. It is located on the southeastern corner of Georgia along the coast of the Atlantic Ocean.
Cumberland Island is the largest of Georgia’s Golden Isles with the national seashore including such varied features as beaches, dunes, marshes and even freshwater lakes. Visitors to the seashore can even take in historic ruins such as the Dungeness which can trace its history back to pre-Revolutionary War times but is probably better known for members of the Carnegie family who built here.
Limiting access to the island somewhat, it is only accessible by boat. Still, over 40 thousand annual visitors take the time to absorb the beauty and history present there.