Appearing as the second of five 2020-dated strikes of the America the Beautiful Five Ounce Silver Uncirculated Coin™ series will be the 2020 Weir Farm America the Beautiful Silver Uncirculated Coin. Showcased on the reverse of the coin will be a design emblematic of Weir Farm National Historical Site located in the state of Connecticut.
Strikes of the this series are each composed of five ounces of .999 fine silver and each have the large diameter of three inches. These specifications may also be found in the related America the Beautiful Silver Bullion Coins™.
That is because these uncirculated coins were created by the US Mint as the numismatic versions of the bullion coins. The authority to create the numismatic series was given to the Secretary of the Treasury as part of 31 U.S.C. §5111(a) (3).
This differs from the bullion coins themselves which were directly authorized by Congress in the America’s Beautiful National Parks Quarter Dollar Coin Act of 2008. This same act also authorized the America the Beautiful Quarters® Program which actually serves as the design basis for all three America the Beautiful related coin series.
This includes the obverse portrait of George Washington, by John Flanagan. This image of the first President of the United States was originally created by Flanagan for the 1932 circulating quarter dollar and has appeared on quarters ever since, with minor variations.
The reverse design for the Weir Farm Silver Uncirculated Coin should be unveiled by the US Mint in late 2019. Design candidates for the coin should be released earlier in the year for review by groups like the Citizen’s Coinage Advisory Committee and the Commission of Fine Arts. Final design selection is the choice of the Treasury Secretary.
Weir Farm National Historic Site of Connecticut
Weir Farm National Historic Site is located near the towns of Ridgefield and Wilton in the state of Connecticut. It was officially established on October 31, 1990.
The site commemorates the work of American impressionist painter J. Alden Weir. His studio may be toured by those visiting.
In addition, the historic site offers a small walking trail.
The National Park Service has the following descriptive paragraph for the site:
"Legacy of a Landscape"
"In June of 1882, painter J. Alden Weir boarded a train from New York bound for his farm among the hills of Branchville, Connecticut. Once here, Weir and his family transformed their summer retreat into a creative refuge for friends and fellow artists. After Weir, artists Mahonri Young and Sperry Andrews lived and worked here, continuing the legacy of artistic expression that still inspires today. "