Conservation history and land stewardship are highlighted in the newest release from the United States Mint with new quarter dollars celebrating Marsh-Billings-Rockefeller National Historical Park of Vermont.
A design emblematic of the park graces the reverse (tails side) of the new quarters which are available in single 40-coin rolls, two-roll sets, three-roll sets, and 100-coin bags. The strikes are of circulation quality and were taken directly from the production floors of the U.S. Mint facilities in Philadelphia, Denver and San Francisco.
Marsh-Billings-Rockefeller National Historical Park was established in 1992 in east-central Vermont. The park is named after three of its previous owners: George Perkins Marsh who promoted the concept of land stewardship which helped to establish a conservation movement in the United States; Frederick Billings who established a managed forest and a progressive dairy farm on the grounds; and Laurance and Mary French Rockefeller (granddaughter of Frederick Billings) who donated the land for the park in 1992. The historical park today offers visitors the story of conservation history and evolving nature of land stewardship in America.
Marsh-Billings-Rockefeller Quarter Designs
Quarter reverses depicts a young girl completing the planting of a Norway spruce seedling near an established tree. This represents the idea of a sustainable forest as it progresses through its different stages.
Surrounding inscriptions read: "LAND STEWARDSHIP," "MARSH-BILLINGS-ROCKEFELLER," "VERMONT," "2020" and "E PLURIBUS UNUM."
Donna Weaver created the design and Michael Gaudioso completed its sculpting. In the following U.S. Mint video, Gaudioso talk briefly about his work on the coin.
Issued as the fifty-fourth of fifty-six total coins in the U.S. Mint’s America the Beautiful Quarters® Program, this coin bears a portrait of George Washington on its obverse (heads side). The same effigy appears on all program coins and, in fact, has been seen on quarter dollars since 1932 (with a few changes).
The portrait was originally designed by John Flanagan. It is surrounded by the inscriptions of "UNITED STATES OF AMERICA," "LIBERTY," "IN GOD WE TRUST" and "QUARTER DOLLAR."
Mint marks are also present on the obverse with ‘P’ for the Philadelphia Mint, ‘D’ for the Denver Mint and ‘S’ for the San Francisco Mint.
Quarter Roll and Bag Products
Product options for the new historical park quarter include:
|Product||US Mint Production Facility||Price|
|40-coin rolls||San Francisco||$19.75|
|Two-roll sets||40 Philadelphia & 40 Denver coins||$34.50|
|Three-roll sets||40 San Francisco, 40 Philadelphia, & 40 Denver||$49.25|
|100-coin bags||San Francisco||$36.75|
As previously mentioned, all these quarter dollar products include coins in circulation quality pulled directly from the production floors of the U.S. Mint facilities. Of note, the Philadelphia and Denver Mint’s produce the circulating coinage of the nation so Marsh-Billings-Rockefeller quarters from these two locations will eventually appear in pocket change. However, the San Francisco Mint only strikes coins for numismatic purposes such as these rolls and bags, making it highly unlikely to find them in actual circulation.
Rolls and bags of the coins may be ordered directly from the U.S. Mint’s online store for America the Beautiful products.
The coins mark the fourth of five to be issued in 2020 as part of the Mint’s America the Beautiful Quarters series. They follow previous 2020 strikes honoring the National Park of American Samoa, Weir Farm National Historic Site of Connecticut and Salt River Bay National Historical Park and Ecological Preserve located in the U.S. Virgin Islands.
On Nov. 16th, the Mint is scheduled to issue the last program coin of the year which will honor Tallgrass Prairie National Preserve of Kansas. Then, next year, the final quarter in the 56-coin program will be released. It honors the Tuskegee Airmen National Historic Site of Alabama.
America the Beautiful Five Ounce Silver Coins
Along with these quarter dollars, the U.S. Mint also produces large 3-inch, 5-ounce .999 fine silver coins bearing the same basic designs. This includes uncirculated versions meant for collectors that are available directly from the U.S. Mint and bullion coins sold through the Mint’s network of authorized purchasers.
The Marsh-Billings-Rockefeller National Historical Park Uncirculated Five Ounce Silver Coin is scheduled to be released on Nov. 23.