This set features all five 2018 America the Beautiful Quarters with proof finishes. United States Mint proof coins feature sharp relief and a mirror-like background. Their sculpted, frosted foregrounds give them a special cameo effect. Proof blanks are specially treated, polished, and cleaned to ensure high-quality strikes. The blanks are then fed into presses fitted with specially polished dies and struck at least twice to ensure sharp relief. The coins are then packaged in a protective lens to showcase and maintain their exceptional finish.
The 2018 edition of the United States Mint America the Beautiful Quarters Proof Set is the ninth in the series.
Each coin in this series features a common obverse (heads) with the 1932 portrait of George Washington by John Flanagan, restored to bring out subtle details and the beauty of the original model. Inscriptions are “UNITED STATES OF AMERICA,” “LIBERTY,” “IN GOD WE TRUST,” and “QUARTER DOLLAR.”
The 2018 reverse (tails) of these coins honor the sites below with the following designs:
Pictured Rocks National Lakeshore in Michigan
This design depicts Chapel Rock and the white pine tree that grows atop. Inscriptions are "PICTURED ROCKS," "MICHIGAN," "2018," and "E PLURIBUS UNUM."
Apostle Islands National Lakeshore in Wisconsin
This design depicts the sea caves at Devils Island with the lighthouse in the background and a kayaker paddling in the foreground. Inscriptions are "APOSTLE ISLANDS," "WISCONSIN," "2018," and "E PLURIBUS UNUM."
Voyageurs National Park in Minnesota
This design depicts a common loon with a rock cliff in the background. Inscriptions are "VOYAGEURS," "MINNESOTA," "2018," and "E PLURIBUS UNUM.”
Cumberland Island National Seashore in Georgia
This design depicts a snowy egret posing on a branch on the edge of a salt marsh, ready for flight. Inscriptions are "CUMBERLAND ISLAND," "GEORGIA," "2018," and "E PLURIBUS UNUM."
Block Island National Wildlife Refuge in Rhode Island
This design depicts a black-crowned night-heron flying over a view from the beach at Cow Cove looking towards Sandy Point. The North Lighthouse is seen in the background. Inscriptions are "BLOCK ISLAND," "RHODE ISLAND," "2018," and "E PLURIBUS UNUM."