The second 2020 strike of the United States Mint America the Beautiful Quarters™ Program will be the 2020 Weir Farm National Historic Site Quarter. It is also the fifty-second quarter to be created in the series which will conclude with a total of 56 new coins when completed in 2021.
The Citizens Coinage Advisory Committee and the Commission of Fine Arts will be among the first to see design candidates for the Weir Farm quarter dollar when they receive them probably in early 2019. They, along with others, will review and comment on the candidates. Then, in the first quarter of 2020 the final design should be unveiled by the US Mint.
All of the strikes in the series, including this Weir Farm National Historic Site Quarter honor sites of national interest with reverse designs emblematic of that location. One site was chosen to be honored from each state, the District of Columbia and the five US Territories.
Additional 2020 America the Beautiful Quarter releases for the year include:
- National Park of American Samoa Quarter
- Salt River Bay National Historical Park Quarter
- Marsh-Billings-Rockefeller National Historical Park Quarter
- Tallgrass Prairie National Preserve Quarter
Weir Farm National Historic Site of Connecticut
Located in Connecticut, the Weir Farm National Historic Site honors the memory of one of American’s best known impressionist painters.
J. Alden Weir was born in 1852 in New York, the son of an artist. He would grow up in the arts and eventually even studied abroad. Then, in 1882, after having lived in New York City, he decided to move to the rural location of Ridgefield, Connecticut.
It was here that Weir created a retreat atmosphere for himself and fellow artists at the farm. It was also here where he really came to develop his impressionist style.
Weir Farm does not currently have any domesticated animals on the premises. However, as it was once a working farm complete with oxen, chickens, etc. much of the infrastructure they required (corn crib, chicken coop, etc.) is still evident.
A museum collection containing over 200,000 Weir artifacts ranging from sketches to diaries to farm objects is maintained at a location nearby to the farm.