Pictured Rocks gets proper notice with new quarter

Pictured Rocks

The U.S. Mint and the National Park Service had an event Wednesday to launch the “America the Beautiful Quarters Program” coin which commemorates Pictured Rocks National Lakeshore in Munising.

According to The Associated Press, the Pictured Rocks National Lakeshore quarter is the 41st release in the program, a 12-year initiative that honors national parks and other national sites. Each year, five new national sites are being depicted on the tail sides of America the Beautiful quarters.

The Pictured Rocks coin shows Chapel Rock and a pine tree that grows atop it. The U.S. Mint is issuing quarters in the order in which the national sites were officially established.

“It’s not many times you can say that where you live is on the back of the quarter,” said Kathy Reynolds, executive director of the Alger Chamber of Commerce and the Munising Downtown Development Authority, in an interview with the Detroit Free Press.

According to the Free Press, state Sen. Steve Bieda, D-Warren, praised the U.S. Mint during a speech on the Senate floor Tuesday, saying it’s essential to preserve the national parks’ system.

“Pictured Rocks is a natural choice for the America the Beautiful program,” he said. “More than a half a million people journey to Pictured Rocks to experience the quiet awe.”

We agree with Bieda — as would just about anyone who has ever visited the national park. Pictured Rocks is one of many treasures that make the U.P. such a great place to live. It’s a place worthy of its name in every way — and this recognition is well-deserved.

The Free Press article stated the coin, which was sculpted by Michael Gaudioso, features the Chapel Rock and white pine along the shores of Lake Superior, as well as the words, “Pictured Rocks,” “Michigan 2018” and “E Pluribus Unum,” which translates into “out of many, one.”

The other coins being launched this year show Apostle Island National Lakeshore in Wisconsin, Voyageurs National Park in Minnesota, Cumberland Island National Seashore in Georgia and Block Island National Wildlife Refuge in Rhode Island.

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