The 2018 Voyageurs National Park Quarter will be the third US Mint release of the year as part of its America the Beautiful Quarters® Program and honors the park in Minnesota. This strike also marks the forty-third in the series overall which will include a total of fifty-six when completed in 2021.
Congress authorized the series by the passage of the America’s Beautiful National Parks Quarter Dollar Coin Act of 2008. Under the act, new quarter dollars started appearing in 2010 immediately following the D.C. & U.S. Territories series which itself followed the 50-State Quarter series.
All three programs were and are operated similar to each-other. For example, for the new America the Beautiful series, five new quarter dollars are released annually. This is the same format that the 50-State Quarter series followed (the D.C. & Territory series saw six strikes released in one year).
Preceding the Voyageurs National Park Quarter in 2018 will be the Pictured Rocks National Lakeshore Quarter and the Apostle Islands National Lakeshore Quarter. Following the Voyageurs National Park Quarter will be the Cumberland Island National Seashore Quarter and the Block Island National Wildlife Refuge Quarter.
Voyageurs National Park information
Voyageurs National Park of Minnesota was initially established on April 8, 1975 and is found in the northern part of the state near the town of International Falls. It takes its name from the French-Canadian fur traders who are believed to be the first European settlers to visit the area and were known as voyageurs.
The park receives only slightly more than 200,000 visitors annually, but that is actually quite a respectable number owing to several factors. Among these is its remote location far from large population bases and out of the way of any major travel destinations.
Second, while there are a few visitor centers around the periphery of the park, most of its service are accessible only by boat during the summer, or by snowmobile, ski or snowshoe in the winter.