New quarter from US Mint honors Block Island wildlife refuge
CHARLESTOWN, R.I. (AP) — The United States Mint has released a special quarter celebrating Rhode Island’s Block Island National Wildlife Refuge.
U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service officials joined mint officials for the ceremony Thursday in Charlestown.
The Block Island quarter depicts a black-crowned night heron in mid-flight, with the North Lighthouse in the background. The wildlife refuge is an important stopover point for migratory birds.
Mint Director David Ryder says the coin is a tribute to the refuge as a “safe haven for migratory creatures and a testament to what dedicated humans can do to protect our world.”
The America the Beautiful Quarters program started in 2010.
The mint is releasing five quarters per year depicting national parks and other national sites, through 2021.
The Block Island quarter is the final 2018 coin.