America the Beautiful 5 oz. silver coins capture the breathtaking beauty of America's natural landscapes that have inspired countless poets, adventurers, and artists. Today, these incredible sites are protected and are presented through the United States Mint America the Beautiful Quarters Program.
Block Island National Wildlife Refuge is located 12 miles off the southern coast of Rhode Island, the Block Island National Wildlife Refuge provides important habitat for wildlife and a place for people to appreciate the natural environment of the island and sits on a terminal moraine shaped by glacial till deposits creating rolling dunes. The refuge was established in 1973 with the transfer of 28 acres from the U.S. Coast Guard and has grown to its current size of 127 acres today. The refuge also provides habitat for the Endangered American Burying Beetle, supporting the only population of this species known east of the Mississippi River. This refuge is also home to the largest gull colony in Rhode Island and is a critical migratory bird stopover point on the Atlantic coast, with fruit-bearing shrubs providing essential food for the species of birds that come to rest there. These incredible wildlands are known internationally for spectacular bird watching and amazing beach shores.
The obverse of the stunning design of the 2018 Block Island 5 oz. silver coin will depict a Black-crowned Night-Heron flying over a view from the beach at Cow Cove looking towards Sandy Point. The North Light lighthouse is seen in the background. Design candidates were developed in consultation with representatives of Block Island National Wildlife Refuge. The reverse of this coin will remain unchanged from the previous 5 troy oz. silver coins in the America the Beautiful coin series. Furthermore, these designs will be available in both the brilliant uncirculated and vapor blasted finishes as occurred during the previous designs in this wonderful coin series. The edge of these coins presents a serrated design created for the purpose of deterring counter-fitters. The denomination of this coin will be the same as it has been before, for all the previous coins in this series – twenty-five cents.
These coins will be minted by two branches of the United States Mint – the Philadelphia and the Denver branches and each branch will have its own Mint-mark present on the design. Silver is still the most affordable of all precious metals, and with millions on the hunt for United States Silver coins year after year, their popularity as one of the world’s most collected silver coins shows no signs of dwindling any time soon. Each 5 Troy oz. 2018 America the Beautiful coin is guaranteed by the United States government for its 99.9% purity, authenticity and legal tender status.
The 2018 Cumberland Island 5 troy oz. silver coins will be available later in 2018 due to the fact that the United States Mint usually releases the bullion Silver Eagle first followed by several commemorative coins (as has been in the past years). However, the official release date has not yet been announced. Furthermore, these coins will be released as a five-destination road trip and should be quite fascinating as this has never been done before by the United States Mint.
Additional releases in this five coin series will be Pictured Rocks, Apostle Island and Voyageurs with the first release for the 2018 America the Beautiful 5 oz silver coin series will be Cumberland Island. The journey to all five destinations is a fascinating one through the eyes of the United States Mint and these government-guaranteed America the Beautiful 5 oz. silver coins are a bargain and with constantly changing silver values, demand has never been higher.