This set features all five 2020 America the Beautiful Quarters with proof finishes. United States Mint proof coins feature sharp relief and a mirror-like background. Their sculpted, frosted foregrounds give them a special cameo effect. Proof blanks are specially treated, polished, and cleaned to ensure high-quality strikes. The blanks are then fed into presses fitted with specially polished dies and struck at least twice to ensure sharp relief. The coins are then packaged in a protective lens to showcase and maintain their exceptional finish.
The 2020 edition of the United States Mint America the Beautiful Quarters Proof Set is the 11th annual release of five quarters in the series.
Each coin in this series features a common obverse (heads) with the 1932 portrait of George Washington by John Flanagan, restored to bring out subtle details and the beauty of the original model. Inscriptions are “UNITED STATES OF AMERICA,” “LIBERTY,” “IN GOD WE TRUST,” and “QUARTER DOLLAR.”
The 2020 reverses (tails) of these coins honor these sites with unique designs:
National Park of American Samoa
This design depicts a Samoan fruit bat mother hanging in a tree with her pup. The image evokes the remarkable care and energy this species puts into its offspring. The design is intended to promote awareness of the species’ threatened status because of habitat loss and commercial hunting. The National Park of American Samoa is the only site in the U.S. national park system that the Samoan fruit bat calls home. Inscriptions are “NATIONAL PARK,” “AMERICAN SAMOA,” “2020,” and “E PLURIBUS UNUM.”
Weir Farm National Historic Site in Connecticut
This design depicts an artist wearing a painter’s smock, painting outside Julian Alden Weir’s studio at Weir Farm. It was inspired by various images of the studio and Weir’s paintings created on the property, as well as Weir’s and his fellow artists’ descriptions of their creative inspiration from the rural environment. The inscription “A NATIONAL PARK FOR ART” appears in the lower right. Additional inscriptions are "WEIR FARM," "CONNECTICUT," "2020," and "E PLURIBUS UNUM."
Salt River Bay National Historical Park and Ecological Preserve in U.S. Virgin Islands
This design depicts a red mangrove tree in an early stage of its life cycle as it evolves from a very small plant to an adult tree. The design brings awareness to the park’s endangered mangrove forests and the unique and delicate nature of how the species reproduces in salt water. Inscriptions are “SALT RIVER BAY,” “U.S. VIRGIN ISLANDS,” “2020,” and “E PLURIBUS UNUM.”
Marsh-Billings-Rockefeller National Historical Park in Vermont
This design depicts a young girl completing the planting of a Norway spruce seedling near an established tree, continuing the life cycle of the forest. The child represents the conservationist, seeking to maintain a sustainable forest for future enjoyment and education. The inscription “LAND STEWARDSHIP” anchors the design. Additional inscriptions are “MARSH-BILLINGS-ROCKEFELLER,” “VERMONT,” “2020,” and “E PLURIBUS UNUM.”
Tallgrass Prairie National Preserve in Kansas
This design depicts a skyward view of a Regal Fritillary butterfly against a backdrop of Big Bluestem and Indian grasses, iconic to Tallgrass Prairie National Preserve. Inscriptions are “TALLGRASS PRAIRIE,” “KANSAS,” “2020,” and “E PLURIBUS UNUM.”