The first United States Mint America the Beautiful Quarters™ Program strike in the year 2019 will be the 2019 Lowell National Historical Park Quarter. This quarter will also be the forty-sixth coin out of 56 new strikes to be minted under the program
If the Mint follows its normal procedures, design candidates for the Lowell quarter should appear as early as the first part of 2018. The final design selection, however, will probably only be unveiled shortly before the coin is released the next year.
These America the Beautiful Quarters honor sites of national interest from around the United States. One site was chosen from each state, the District of Columbia and the five US Territories for a total of fifty-six locations to be honored in the series.
Additional 2019 America the Beautiful Quarter releases for the year include:
- American Memorial Park Quarter
- War in the Pacific National Historical Park Quarter
- San Antonio Missions National Historical Park Quarter
- Frank Church River of No Return Wilderness Quarter
Lowell National Historical Park of Massachusetts
Honoring the American Industrial Revolution, especially as it related to the textile industry, the Lowell National Historical Park in Massachusetts was created by Congress in 1978.
In the early 1800’s, enterprising individuals planned an industrial center along the Merrimack River. Plans called for sprawling complexes full of green spaces and open dormitories that would be a beacon to workers around the world. The plans succeeded and immigrants and citizens from other states flocked to work in the mills, especially young women.
Population in the city was estimated at only 2,500 before the creation of the industry in the city. At its height, the population exploded to 33,000 in 1850.
Utilizing the power of the Merrimack River for its factories, Lowell was a center of commerce until the middle of the 20th century. Several decades of neglect followed, but a revitalization effort gained ground in the 1970’s leading to the Park we find today.
The city itself was named after Francis Cabot Lowell who actually passed away before the creation of the city. It was named after him by his colleagues who masterminded the project.