Final design recommendations have been made for the 2020 America the Beautiful quarter dollar honoring Weir Farm National Historic Site in Connecticut.
In June, the United States Mint submitted 15 proposed designs for the quarter but those failed to receive recommendations unlike other quarter designs for 2020. Suggested changes were made and those resulted in seven revised designs.
CCAC and CFA Recommendations
Liaisons of the historic site, headed by Weir Farm Superintendent Linda Cook, favored two of the seven designs, selecting #6A as their first choice and #14A as their second option.
The CFA preferred #6A.
In keeping with its normal selection methods, the CCAC voted on all seven designs. The winner was #14 which received one more point than #14A. However, the committee passed a motion to formerly recommend #14A, paying heed to the liaisons.
The Treasury Secretary is tasked with considering the recommendations and choosing the final design.
Revised 2020 Weir Farm National Historic Site Quarter Designs
Below are U.S. Mint images and descriptions of all seven designs.
CT-01 features a stone wall in front of Weir House. In the foreground is a French easel with a canvas depicting Weir’s studio. The inscription "National Park for the Arts" is included.
CT-04 features an easel with the beginnings of a painting of Julian Alden Weir’s studio in front of the studio itself. The inscription "National Park for the Arts" is included.
CT-06 portrays an artist painting outside Julian Alden Weir’s studio at Weir Farm. It is inspired by various images of the studio and Weir’s paintings created on the property, as well as descriptions of Weir and his fellow artist’s creative inspiration from the rural environment. The design allows the viewer to feel as if he or she is standing where Weir stood. The inscription "National Park for the Arts" is included. CT-06A’s figure is wearing a painter’s smock.
CT-13, CT-14 and CT-14A depict a portable easel holding a canvas with the artist’s painting of the scene overlaying the actual landscape at Weir Farm. This scene is of Weir House and Weir’s Studio. The canvas and easel are portrayed in greater detail than the rest of the design, underscoring the mission of the site: specifically to create a legacy of artistic expression. The inscription "National Park for the Arts" is included. CT-14’s canvas is a square and CT-14A features a slightly upsized canvas.