Block Island quarter launch to take place in... Charlestown

Thu, 10/18/2018 - 5:45pm

Put it on your calendar, if you happen to be off the island.

According to the U.S. Mint website, the official introduction of the U.S. quarter that features an image of the Block Island National Wildlife Refuge, including the North Light, will occur at the Rhode Island National Wildlife Refuge Headquarters in Charlestown on Nov. 14 and Nov. 15.

A call to the media center at the U.S. Mint on Tuesday, Oct. 16 asking if there would be a ceremony on Block Island had not been returned by press time.

For those of you interested in purchasing the coin, the 2018 United States Mint Limited Edition Silver Proof Set (product code 18RC) will be available for purchase beginning on October 18 at noon Eastern Time (ET). The set is priced at $144.95.

The following proof quality coins are included:

• One American eagle one ounce silver proof coin;

• Five quarters from the America the Beautiful Quarters® Program honoring Pictured Rocks National Lakeshore (Michigan), Apostle Islands National Lakeshore (Wisconsin), Voyageurs National Park (Minnesota), Cumberland Island National Seashore (Georgia), and Block Island National Wildlife Refuge (Rhode Island);

• One Kennedy half dollar; and

• One Roosevelt dime.

The half dollar, quarters, and dime are composed of 90 percent silver — generally referred to as “coin silver” — while the American Eagle One Ounce Silver Proof Coin is composed of 99.9 percent silver. All coins bear the “S” mint mark of the San Francisco Mint.

A Certificate of Authenticity comes with each set. The United States Mint (Mint) has limited this product to 50,000 sets, with orders limited to two sets per household.

The Mint accepts orders at and 1-800-USA-MINT (872-6468). Hearing- and speech-impaired customers with TTY equipment may order at 1-888-321-MINT. Information about shipping options is available at