Pictured Rocks honored on new quarter

The United States Mint is holding a celebration in Munising soon to unveil its newest quarter -- one that honors Pictured Rocks National Lakeshore.


The latest entry in the mint's "America the Beautiful" quarter series, the Pictured Rocks quarter will be released on the day of the ceremony, February 7.


In conjunction with the National Park Service, the U.S. Mint will present the new quarter at the Mather Elementary School Auditorium in Munising at 10 a.m. on February 7. The Munising High School Concert Choir will perform, a ceremonial coin pour will be held, and the newly-minted quarters will, of course, be displayed and available.


Those scheduled to be in attendance include Paul Balan, the designer of the quarter, Marc Landry of the U.S. Mint, and representatives from the Department of the Interior, Pictured Rocks National Lakeshore, and local dignitaries.


In addition, a coin forum will be held the evening prior, at 6 p.m. on February 6, at the Munising Township Office in Wetmore. Officials from the U.S. Mint will hold the forum to spread public information about upcoming coins and initiatives, and take comments and questions from the public on future coinage. (If you're a coin-head, this should be cool -- how often do you get to sit down with Mint officials and give your opinion?)


The Pictured Rocks National Lakeshore quarter is the 41st America the Beautiful quarter. Also scheduled for 2018 release are quarters commemorating the Apostle Islands National Lakeshore, Voyageurs National Park, Cumberland Island National Seashore, and Block Island National Wildlife Refuge. Throughout the life of the program, the quarters are being issued in the order the national sites were created.

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