The America the Beautiful Series features a twist in 2020 with the Weir Farm National Historic Site coin. Traditionally, coins in the series feature stunning natural scenery and/or scenes of historical significance. In this case, the series will celebrate a cultural site.
Weir Farm National Historic Site covers 60 acres in southwestern Connecticut. The site honors J. Alden Weir and his work, as well as that of other artists who stayed or lived at the site as in-residence artists. In addition to hosting artists, the site also operates a program that enables visitors to create artwork of their own. Like previous issues in the series, there will be both a bullion and a burnished issue, each struck from 5 oz of .999 fine silver.
Since 2010, the United States Mint has taken coin collectors throughout the world on a numismatic tour of the United States. Every year, five new coins are released. When complete, the series will consist of a total of 56 coins. Each coin represents a national park in a different state, the District of Columbia, or a US territory. Coins in the series typically feature either a stunning look at America’s stunning natural beauty or a site that celebrates a significant historical person, place, or event.
All the coins in the America the Beautiful Series feature common obverse designs and inscriptions. At the center is John Flanagan’s portrait of President George Washington, which has appeared on American quarters since 1932. Flanking the left-side effigy are two statutory inscriptions, “LIBERTY” and the national motto, “IN GOD WE TRUST.” The name of the issuing country, “UNITED STATES OF AMERICA,” and the coin’s face value, “QUARTER DOLLAR,” are inscribed along the rim above and below the image, respectively.
The reverse bears an artist design by Justin Kunz that was engraved by Phebe Hemphill. An artist in a smoke paints a picture by Julian Alden Weir’s Weir Farm studio. The studio stands at the top of a hill amid trees. The image is encircled by a rim frame in which there are four inscriptions. Among them are the name of the site, “WEIR FARM,” and the name of the state that it represents in the series, “CONNECTICUT.”
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