2018 is just around the corner and it's so exciting to think about what it's going to offer for the coin collectors among us. Apart from the staples, there are some interesting commemorative coins that may steal the show next year.
World War 1 Centennial 2018 coins
2018 would be seeing 100 years since the end of the "Great War" (as the First World War was called) and the U.S. mint is planning to release coins to honor the memory of millions of lives lost and torn apart because of war.
The United States of America jumped rather late into the war as it was predominantly a European war. President Woodrow Wilson wanted to keep the Americans isolated from war and the economic downturn that was sure to happen after it.
In 1915, even when the German U-boats sunk the British ocean liner RMS Lusitania with 128 American casualties, Wilson kept his patience and warned Germany of severe repercussions if it happened again. After nearly 2 years of no U-boat wars, Germany declared "unrestricted submarine warfare" in international waters in 1917. Wilson was furious and declared war on Germany on 6th April 1917.
Approximately 4 million men and women were deployed by the U.S.A to Europe and they fought in the battles of Belleau Wood, the Marne, and the Meuse-Argonne Offensive. The fresh American troops helped the war weary allied troops turn the tide of the war. It ultimately led to it's conclusion in 1918.
The World War I American Veterans Centennial Commemorative Coin Act authorizes the minting and issuance of 350,000 Silver dollars for the Centennial year. The design was chosen through a design competition. The obverse design, titled “Soldier's Charge,” depicts a stone-like soldier gripping a rifle. Barbed wire twines in the lower right hand side of the design. The wire design element continues onto the reverse design, titled "Poppies in the Wire," which features abstract poppies mixed in with barbed wire.
Breast Cancer Awareness 2018
Breast Cancer Awareness has been increasing consistently over the past 20 years and due to the earlier detection and better treatment, death rates have gone down considerably. U.S. mint is releasing a Breast Cancer Awareness coin in 2018 to recognize the number of people who have been affected by Breast cancer and efforts taken to prevent it. Three coins are getting released; 'pink' gold, silver, and clad coin.
The obverse design, depicted on all coins in this program, features two women. The older woman has her hands on her chest and a relieved expression on her face. The younger woman, with a scarf on her head, holds one hand over her chest and the other raised in a fist as if she is ready to fight. A butterfly flies above the two women. The reverse design depicts a Tiger Swallowtail butterfly in flight, a symbol of hope.
2018 America the Beautiful Quarters
The 41st through 45th ATB quarters are to be released next year in the following dates,
- Feb. 5, 2018 – Pictured Rocks National Lakeshore in Michigan.
- April 9, 2018 – Apostle Islands National Lakeshore in Wisconsin.
- June 11, 2018 – Voyageurs National Park in Minnesota.
- Aug. 27, 2018 – Cumberland Island National Seashore in Georgia.
- Nov. 13, 2018 – Block Island National Wildlife Refuge in Rhode Island.
The Pictured Rocks National Lakeshore 2018 coin design shows Chapel Rock and the white pine tree that grows atop. Apostle Islands National Lakeshore (Wisconsin) 2018 coin design shows the sea caves at Devils Island with the lighthouse in the background and a kayaker paddling in the foreground. Voyageurs National Park (Minnesota) 2018 coin design depicts a common loon with a rock cliff in the background.
Cumberland Island National Seashore (Georgia) coin design shows a snowy egret perched on a branch on the edge of a salt marsh, ready for flight. Block Island National Wildlife Refuge (Rhode Island) 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.
Looking forward to 2018 coins
It would be interesting to see which 2018 coins will become favorites to the veteran collector and which ones the first in a novice's coin album. We will be as eager as you to see what magic unfolds when the clock strikes 12 !