Weir Farm will represent state on U.S. quarter
In two years, you may find a quarter with a depiction of Weir Farm National Historic Site on one side.
That’s because Weir Farm was selected to represent the state of Connecticut on United States quarters as part of the United States Mint’s America the Beautiful Quarters series — not to be confused with the 50 State Quarters series that produced the Connecticut state coin featuring the Charter Oak.
Weir Farm National Historic Site Superintendent Linda Cook told The Bulletin she is excited for the 2020 release of the Weir Farm National Historic Site quarter.
“Each state has a quarter that exemplifies its public lands or historic sites,” she said, “and we will be on the Connecticut coin coming out in 2020.”
The Mint began issuing its America the Beautiful Silver Coins featuring depictions of national parks and other national sites in 2010.
Only one national site from each state, Washington, D.C., and five U.S. territories will be featured in series, which is scheduled to conclude with a total of 56 coins in 2021.
The Mint releases five new America the Beautiful designs each year. The Weir Farm National Historic Site Quarter will be the second of five 2020-dated releases and the 52nd quarter created in the series.
Following the passage of the America’s Beautiful National Parks Quarter Dollar Coin Act of 2008, the U.S. Mint contacted the governors or other chief executives of all 56 U.S. jurisdictions and asked them to identify national sites for the America the Beautiful coins.
After reviewing recommendations from the jurisdictions, the Mint consulted with the secretary of the interior and established a candidate list of sites, which was then approved by the secretary of the treasury.
In 2009, Connecticut Gov. M. Jodi Rell announced that the U.S. Mint had selected Weir Farm for the series. “Weir Farm is a treasure — long hidden — that this program will give a share of the recognition it deserves,” she said at the time.
The design of the Weir Farm quarter has yet to be determined, but one deemed “most appropriate in terms of natural or historic significance” will be selected, according to the U.S. Mint website.
Cook said the design process is an “interesting” and multi-staged one, in which the Mint works with artists to find a design that best represents each national site.
“The artists come up with ideas and proposals,” she said, “and those proposals are then vetted and voted on.”
In accordance with the program’s design standards, the design of the Weir Farm quarter will not include an outline or map of the state of Connecticut or a head-and-shoulders portrait or bust of a person.
The Weir Farm quarter is scheduled as the second of five 2020-dated releases. The other four are:
- National Park of American Samoa quarter (American Samoa).
- Salt River Bay National Historical Park quarter (U.S. Virgin Islands).
- Marsh-Billings-Rockefeller National Historical Park quarter (Vermont).
- Tallgrass Prairie National Preserve quarter (Kansas).
Weir Farm was established in 1990 to commemorate the life and work of American impressionist painter J. Alden Weir. To learn more, visit nps.gov/wefa.