2020 Tallgrass Prairie Park Quarter released to the public

2020 Tallgrass Prairie Park Quarter released to the public

Tallgrass Prairie National Preserve’s Flint Hill Region


The new Tallgrass Prairie National Preserve quarter, 55th issue of the series and the final design for 2020, is now in circulation. On November 16, 2020, the coin became available through the U.S. Mint’s website and at the Lyon County State Bank in Emporia, KS. Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the official in-person launch ceremony was cancelled.

This issue shows a Regal Fritillary butterfly before Big Bluestem and Indian grasses. Located in America’s heartland, along the rolling hills of eastern-central Kansas, Tallgrass Prairie National Preserve is the largest prairie land of its kind left on Earth. At first glance, the land appears to be a sea of grasses. However, about 20% of its foliage consists of more than 300 different types of flowers and flowering plants! Add the new Tallgrass Prairie National Preserve Park quarters to your collection now.

Tallgrass Prairie National Preserve Quarter design finalized

On August 13, 2019, the U.S. Mint announced the final design for the Tallgrass Prairie National Preserve quarters. The reverse shows a Regal Fritillary butterfly before Big Bluestem and Indian grasses. The inscriptions on the coin’s reverse include the name and location of the site: tallgrass prairie, kansas, the year of issue: 2020, and the motto: e pluribus unum.

Tallgrass Prairie National Preserve Quarter

Tallgrass Prairie National Preserve Quarter

This handsome quarter is a perfect match for the 2005 Statehood quarter, which also featured Kansas, the park’s location. As the 55th in the series overall, the Tallgrass Prairie National Preserve quarter will be followed by one final design in 2021, honoring Tuskegee Airmen National Historic Site in Alabama.

Candidate designs for new 2020 Tallgrass Prairie National Preserve Quarter

Candidate designs for new 2020 Tallgrass Prairie National Preserve Quarter
In June of 2018, both the Citizens Coinage Advisory Committee (CCAC) and the Commission of Fine Arts (CFA) made recommendations after reviewing several candidate designs for the reverse of the 2020 Tallgrass Prairie National Preserve quarter.

The CCAC chose a design showing a Regal Fritillary butterfly flitting amongst Big Bluestem and Indian grasses. The CFA showed preference for two images, though they did recommend alterations to both. One option showed a prairie chicken and butterfly in a grassy field, while the other was the same option preferred by the CCAC.

Tallgrass Prairie is the largest prairie land of its kind left on Earth. Although at first glance it appears to be just a sea of grasses, about 20% of its foliage consists of more than 300 different types of flowers and flowering plants!

Tallgrass Prairie National Preserve featured 55th in National Park Quarter series

Tallgrass Prairie National Preserve featured 55th in National Park Quarter series
Located in America’s heartland, along the rolling hills of eastern-central Kansas, is Tallgrass Prairie National Preserve – the largest prairie land of its kind left on Earth. At one time, the prairie covered 170 million acres, though much of it has been lost to agricultural development over time.
At first glance, the land appears to be a sea of grasses. However, about 20% of its foliage consists of more than 300 different types of flowers and flowering plants! Each season the grasses grow fresh, reaching their full height by autumn. Some species, like Big Bluestem or Indian grass, reach a height of 8 feet or more!
Learn more about Tallgrass Prairie National Preserve.

2020 Marsh-Billings-Rockefeller National Historical Park Quarter Released

Marsh-Billings-Rockefeller National Historical Park Quarter Design Released
The new Marsh-Billings-Rockefeller National Historical Park quarter, 54th in the series and fourth to debut in 2020, is in circulation as of August 31.

Located in Woodstock, VT, the working farm and woodlands opened as a national park in 1998. Its mission of land stewardship is the legacy of three distinct generations of owners. It began with George Perkins Marsh who, as a youth growing up on the farm in the very early 1800s, observed the effects of soil erosion that resulted with the deforestation of woodlands. The next owner, Frederick Billings, actively implemented a variety of stewardship programs that included reforestry and selective logging methods. The third owners, Mary French Rockefeller, a Billings’ granddaughter, and her husband, Laurence S. Rockefeller, opened the Billings Farm and Museum to make available to the public the methods and results of the successful dairy farm and working woodlands.

The 2020 quarters honor some of America’s most popular national parks: Weir Farm National Historic Site in Connecticut; Tallgrass Prairie National Preserve in Kansas; National Park of American Samoa in the South Pacific, and Salt River Bay National Historical Park and Ecological Preserve in the U.S. Virgin Islands.

This detailed Marsh-Billings-Rockefeller National Historical Park quarter can be nicely paired with the 2001 Statehood quarter for Vermont. Order today.