The 2018 Pictured Rocks National Lakeshore Quarter honors the site in Michigan with a design emblematic of the location on its reverse. The coin will be the first 2018 release of the US Mint’s America the Beautiful Quarters® Program and also mark the forty-first release of that series.
Coins in the series are released at a rate of five per year, as exemplified by the previous year’s 2017 National Park Quarters. However, making the Pictured Rocks National Lakeshore Quarter unique is that it marks the first time in the series that a national lakeshore is featured.
The series can honor any site of national interest, but up until this release, the honored locations have included national parks, national monuments, national forests, etc. Of interest, is the fact that the strike immediately following the Pictured Rocks National Lakeshore Quarter also honors a national lakeshore – Apostle Islands.
Following the Pictured Rocks National Lakeshore Quarter in 2018 will be the previously mentioned Apostle Islands National Lakeshore Quarter, then the Voyageurs National Park Quarter, the Cumberland Island National Seashore Quarter and finally the Block Island National Wildlife Refuge Quarter.
Pictured Rocks National Lakeshore information
Pictured Rocks National Lakeshore of Michigan was initially created on October 15, 1966 by an Act of Congress. It marked the first such designated site in the National Park Service system, but would not be the last.
The national lakeshore runs along the shore of Lake Superior on the upper peninsula of Michigan for 42 miles. Fifteen of those miles of lakeshore consist of colorful sandstone cliffs which rise up to 200 feet above sea level and for which the lakeshore takes its name – Pictured Rocks.
Almost half a million visitors come to the lakeshore annually. They can enter the lakeshore from either end on paved roads, but must use a county road if they wish to drive from one end to the other. Unfortunately, the road only comes close to the shoreline at two locations making a hike or a cruise the only viable option to really take in the pictured rocks scenery.