The new Michigan pictured rocks quarter honors the natural wonders of the state. The coin features Chapel Rock and a white pine tree on the front, and the reverse is a beautiful scene near the launch site in Munising. The design was created by Paul C. Balan, an artist who was also part of the U.S. Mint’s Artistic Infusion Program. This is the first year the quarter program has included the Great Lakes, and the design depicts the westernmost portion of Pictured Rocks National Lakeshore. Munising Falls is located in the heart of the lakeshore, and there are multiple viewing platforms at the base of the rock formation.
The first official launch ceremony for the Michigan pictured rocks quarter will take place in Munising, MI, on October 18, 2016. The event will feature a ceremonial coin pour and the exchange of ten-dollar rolls of new Michigan pictured rock coins. The event will honor the newest coin issue in the America the Beautiful Quarters Program. It is the first time a national park has been honored with a coin and the U.S. Mint has been creating coins honoring national parks and other federally protected areas for the past 11 years.
On June 27, the Citizens Coinage Advisory Committee met in Colorado Springs and voted on a new Michigan picture rock quarter. It was chosen over a design by the Commission of Fine Arts that included a picture of the iconic Chapel Rock and trees on either side. The Commission of Fine Arts also selected design MI-08, which featured trees on either side of the rock. The Wisconsin Apostle Islands National Lakeshore quarter did not receive a vote.
A 2018-P Pictured Rocks quarter can sell for as much as $0.25 in circulated condition. In uncirculated condition, a 2018 P or D Pictured Rocks quarter is worth $0.75, while a 2018 S proof quarter will fetch up to $3.65. If you are a collector, you can consider a Proof coin as the best investment. A proof coin contains more detail and is minted on special planchets.
The picture rock national lakeshore is a popular four-season destination near Munising. It is known for its distinct sandstone formations. You can hike along Chapel Creek to see the falls, and there are several viewing areas along the way. The waterfall is approximately 1.2 miles high and has multiple viewing areas. If you are looking for a quieter, more serene experience, consider spending some time in the area. And while you’re at it, grab the opportunity to take a short hike at the scenic Chapel Falls trail.