2019 – 2020 US Mint ATB New Releases

In 2019, the United States Mint marks the 10th anniversary of the “America the Beautiful Quarters” program. From 2010 to 2019, the United States Mint issued 56 Quarter coins featuring the national parks and national sites.

The United States Mint History

To begin with, the United States Mint was established in 1792 by Congress. Shortly in 1873, the mint became a part of the Department of the Treasury. As the Nation’s primary manufacturer of legal tender coinage, the U.S Mint is responsible for developing circulating coinage for the Nation to manage its trade and business.

The Ultimate Reveal

On August 13th, 2019, the United States Mint revealed the final designs for the last six “America the Beautiful” Quarters. Then, the announcement of the reveal took place at the American Numismatic Association’s World’s Fair.

 

 

At the present time, the first five coin designs in “America the Beautiful” Quarters Program will release in 2020. In like manner, the designs will be honoring the following national parks and sites:

  • National Park of American Samoa
  • Weir Farm National Historic Site
  • Salt River Bay National Historical Park & Ecological Preserve
  • Marsh-Billings-Rockefeller National Historical Park
  • Tall-grass Prairie National Preserve

Also, the sixth coin design is set for release in 2021. Furthermore, the final coin design in the program is to honor the Tuskegee Airmen National Historic Site in Alabama.

 

The Designer/Engraver’s Voice

Moreover, artists in the United States Mint created the designs while the Mint’s engravers sculpted the coins.

National Park of American Samoa

In the light of Master’s design, it shows a Samoan Fruit Bat mother swinging in a tree with her baby. Important to realize, the image features remarkable care and energy that this species put into their offspring. After all, the artwork intends to promote awareness of the species’ endangered status caused by habitat loss and commercial hunting. Indeed, the National Park of American Samoa is the only park in the United States that is home to the Samoan Fruit Bat.

  • Designer: Richard Masters
  • Sculptor-Engraver: Phebe Hemphill
  • Inscriptions: “NATIONAL PARK,” “AMERICAN SAMOA,” “2020,” and “E PLURIBUS UNUM.”
  • Location: Samoa

Weir Farm National Historic Site

Certainly, Kunz’s design depicts an artist painting outside of Julian Alden Weir’s studio at Weir Farm. To point out, the inspiration was drawn from several images of the studio and Weir’s paintings produced on the farm. Also, the rural environment struck more inspiration for Weir and his fellow artist’s creativity.

  • Designer: Justin Kunz
  • Sculptor-Engraver: Phebe Hemphill
  • Inscriptions: “A NATIONAL PARK FOR ART”
  • “WEIR FARM,” “CONNECTICUT,” “2020,” and “E PLURIBUS UNUM.”
  • Location: Connecticut

Salt River Bay National Historical Park & Ecological Preserve

Again, Masters’ design portrays an early-stage red mangrove tree and its evolution from a small tree to an adult tree. In this case, the purpose of the design is to bring awareness to the park’s endangered mangrove forests. To emphasize, the message is to appreciate the delicate nature and the unique species reproduces in saltwater.

  • Designer: Richard Masters
  • Sculptor-Engraver: Joseph Menna
  • Inscriptions: “SALT RIVER BAY,” “U.S. VIRGIN ISLANDS,” “2020,” and “E PLURIBUS UNUM.”
  • Location: U.S. Virgin Islands.

Marsh-Billings-Rockefeller National Historical Park

As can be seen, Weaver’s design shows a young girl planting the Norway Spruce seedling by an established tree. In short, the meaning of this representation is to maintain the life cycle of the forest. To clarify, the girl symbolizes conservationists trying to keep a sustainable forest for future enjoyment and education.

  • Designer: Donna Weaver
  • Sculptor-Engraver: Michael Gaudioso
  • Inscription: “LAND STEWARDSHIP” anchors the design.
  • “MARSH-BILLINGS-ROCKEFELLER,” “VERMONT,” “2020,” and “E PLURIBUS UNUM.”
  • Location: Vermont.

Tallgrass Prairie National Preserve

Damstra’s design portrays a skyward view of a Regal Fritillary butterfly among a backdrop of Big Bluestem and Indian grasses. In general, it is iconic to the Tallgrass Prairie National Preserve.

  • Designer: Emily Damstra
  • Sculptor-Engraver: Renata Gordon
  • Inscriptions: “TALLGRASS PRAIRIE,” “KANSAS,” “2020,” and “E PLURIBUS UNUM.”
  • Location: Kansas

Tuskegee Airmen National Historic Site

Uniquely, Costello’s design represents a Tuskegee Airman. Hence, the Airman is preparing to fight in World War II. In the background, there is a Monton Field control tower behind the Airman. Notably, the pilot looks upward with pride and confidence as two P-51 Mustangs fly overhead.

 

  • Designer: Chris Costello
  • Sculptor-Engraver: Phebe Hemphill
  • Inscriptions: “THEY FOUGHT TWO WARS” is arced across the top as a reference to the dual battles the Tuskegee Airmen fought—fascism abroad and racial discrimination at home.
  • “TUSKEGEE AIRMEN,” “ALABAMA,” “2021,” and “E PLURIBUS UNUM.”

America the Beautiful Series’ Coins:

 

 

 

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