The last 2020 strike of the United States Mint America the Beautiful Quarters™ Program will be the 2020 Tallgrass Prairie National Preserve Quarter. It marks the fifty-fifth coin in the program which will include only a total of fifty-six when completed in 2021.
Tallgrass Prairie designs will be previewed probably in 2019 when the design candidates will be released for comment. Then, sometime in early 2020 the final design should be unveiled by the US Mint along with the designs for the other quarter dollars of that year.
As the final America the Beautiful Quarter to be issued in 2020, the Tallgrass Prairie National Preserve Quarter should enter into circulation sometime in late fall or early winter of that year.
Additional 2020 America the Beautiful Quarter releases for the year include:
- National Park of American Samoa Quarter
- Weir Farm National Historic Site Quarter
- Salt River Bay National Historical Park Quarter
- Marsh-Billings-Rockefeller National Historical Park Quarter
Tallgrass Prairie National Preserve of Kansas
Located in the Flint Hills of Kansas, Tallgrass Prairie National Preserve protects one of the last remaining areas of undisturbed tallgrass in the world.
Tallgrasses were once quite common across central North America with nearly 140 million acres of the plants, growing an average height of five to six feet. But, through the expansion of farming, most of it was plowed under leaving less than 4% of the original grasses intact. A majority of that is located in or near the Preserve which was established in 1996.
Visitors to the Preserve may be disappointed during many times of the year if they are expecting to see tallgrasses. This is because they are seasonal plants which start their growing process in the spring. By fall they have reached maturity and their full height.
A plan is in the works to re-introduce bison to the area. The animals were once free to roam about the continent, where massive herds of these creatures would feast on the abundant grasses in the area.