The 2018 Apostle Islands America the Beautiful Silver Uncirculated Coin will be released by the United States Mint as the second of five 2018-dated strikes of the America the Beautiful Five Ounce Silver Uncirculated Coin™ series. Showcased on the reverse of the coin will be a design emblematic of Apostle Islands National Lakeshore located in the state of Wisconsin.
This coin also marks the forty-second in the America the Beautiful Silver Uncirculated Coin series overall. The program debuted with five 2010-dated strikes and features five new releases annually from that point until 2021 when the last of fifty-six total issues have been released.
Each coin in the series contains a reverse design emblematic of a different selected site of national interest. One site was chosen from each state, the District of Columbia and the five US territories giving a total of fifty-six sites.
The US Mint created this series of silver uncirculated coins under the authority granted the Secretary of the Treasury (who oversees the US Mint) in 31 U.S.C. §5111(a) (3) to "prepare and distribute numismatic items." It is considered the numismatic version of the Mint’s America the Beautiful Silver Bullion Coins™ Program and as such features the same basic specifications and designs as the bullion coins.
The designs are originally created for a third US Mint series, the America the Beautiful Quarters® Program, which serves as the design basis for all America the Beautiful coins. This includes the obverse portrait of George Washington, by John Flanagan, seen on circulating quarter dollars since 1932, with minor variations. It also includes the reverse designs which are emblematic of the selected sites of national interest.
Like the associated bullion coins, each Apostle Islands America the Beautiful Silver Uncirculated Coin will be struck from five ounces of .999 fine silver. This is indicated on the edge of each coin with the inscription of "999 FINE SILVER 5.0 OUNCE."
These coins also feature the extremely large diameter of three inches.
Apostle Islands National Lakeshore of Wisconsin
Apostle Islands National Lakeshore is located along the shore of Lake Superior in the state of Wisconsin. It was officially established on September 26, 1970.
The site is composed of beaches, cliffs and twenty-one islands known as the Apostle Islands. Found in the area are many historic lighthouses.
Eighty percent of the national lakeshore area was designated as Gaylord Nelson Wilderness in 2004.
The National Park Service uses the following descriptive paragraph for Apostle Islands National Lakeshore:
"Jewels of Lake Superior"
"Along windswept beaches and cliffs, visitors experience where water meets land and sky, culture meets culture, and past meets present. The 21 islands and 12 miles of mainland host a unique blend of cultural and natural resources. Lighthouses shine over Lake Superior and the new wilderness areas. Visitors can hike, paddle, sail, or cruise to experience these Jewels of Lake Superior."