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Come along on a journey of a 5-park destination on the America the Beautiful Series road trip for 2018. We begin with the first stop on the south shoreline of Lake Superior in the upper peninsula in the great state of Michigan. It is the Pictured Rocks National Lakeshore National Park. This park is a favorite for fishing, kayaking, waterfall and maritime site seers alike. While on this road trip, we will travel to Wisconsin, Minnesota, Georgia & Rhode Island. The other 4 coins being representative in those states for 2018 include, in order, the Apostle Islands National Lakeshore, Voyageurs National Park, Cumberland Island National Seashore & Block Island National Wildlife Refuge. The America the Beautiful coin series is a spectacular way to represent our National treasures and the 5 for this year are no exception.
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The park was first dedicated in 1966 and was the first lakeshore to be included in the National Park system. Pictured Rocks got its name from the mineral stains that can be seen on the surface of the cliffs that were formed by weather and the numerous small crevasses where water runs through them. This water flow produces a rainbow of colors that can be seen by boat or the adventurous hikers. The lakeshore encompasses over 40 miles of shoreline that includes 300 feet tall sand dunes and some 200-foot sandstone cliffs. Visitors are drawn to these areas in large numbers seeking to see the abundant boreal & eastern hardwood trees nestled in between streams and numerous waterfalls. There is a great deal of wildlife that calls this area home such as the American bald eagle, the popular black bear, falcons of all kinds, deer and the occasional porcupine may make an appearance. There are really to many animals to mention that make this wonderful Lake Superior shoreline park area a unique place to visit. The U.S. Mint decided on this lakeshore and has made this 5 oz. Silver coin as the 41st coin in the 56-coin series.
As you look at this well-designed coin, you see an image of a standalone white pine tree that is growing on top of Chapel Rock. It is hard to imagine how this tree thrives atop such a barren location – and that is what makes it unique. The coin has a large diameter of 3 inches (76.20 mm) – which makes it a nice coin to hold. The designers of the coin are Scultptor-engraver Michael Gaudiso as well as Paul Balan with the Artistic Infusion program at the U.S. Mint. The inscriptions that are engraved along the outer rim include: “PICTURED ROCKS”, “MICHIGAN”, “2018” and “E PLURIBUS UNUM.”
The design on the obverse of the coin is the standard one for all of the quarters in the America the Beautiful coin series. There are 4 inscriptions that are engraved on this side including: “UNITED STATES OF AMERICA”, “LIBERTY”, “IN GOD WE TRUST”, “QUARTER DOLLAR”. George Washington is the central image on the obverse and his profile is one of him facing to the left looking back at where we have come from.