Gov. Jim Doyle announced Thursday that the Apostle Islands National Lakeshore will be honored in the new United States Mint America the Beautiful Quarters program honoring national parks. The America’s Beautiful National Quarter Dollar Coin Act of 2008 requires the U.S. Mint to issue quarters featuring national sites in each of the 50 states, the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico, Guam, American Samoa, the U.S. Virgin Islands and the Northern Mariana Islands.
“From kayakers and campers to anglers and sailors, the Apostle Islands attract visitors from every part of our state each year, and from around the country,” Doyle said. “Not only are the Apostle Islands one our state’s most beautiful destinations, but they are a testament to our history of stewardship and the bright future ahead of us.”
Secretary of the Treasury Timothy F. Geithner approved the list of sites recommended by the United States Mint on Aug. 25 after consultation with Doyle and Secretary of the Interior Ken Salazar.
Coins will be minted at a rate of five per year and issued based on the date in which the sites were first established as a national site. In 2018, Wisconsin’s Apostle Island National Lakeshore quarter will be minted. The coins’ obverse (heads) will feature the familiar “restored” 1932 portrait of George Washington, including subtle details and the beauty of the original model.
The Apostle Islands earned national parks designation in 1970, when then-U.S. Senator Gaylord Nelson convinced Congress that the Islands’ natural beauty, recreational opportunities and cultural history were worthy of preservation. Coincidentally, it was that same year that Senator Nelson founded Earth Day. The Apostle Islands National Lakeshore includes more than 42,000 acres of land, including 22 islands, and 27,000 acres of Lake Superior waters.
The complete National Site Registry, which lists all 56 sites to be honored under the United States Mint America the Beautiful Quarters Program in chronological order by year, is available at: http://www.usmint.gov/mint_programs/NSQuartersProgram/?action=site.
For more information about the United States Mint America the Beautiful Quarters Program, please visit: http://www.usmint.gov/mint_programs/NSQuartersProgram/index.cfm.