The Silver 5-oz ATB 2020 Weir Farm National Historic Site Coin honors and celebrates the state of Connecticut and the Weir Farm National Historic Site. It’s the 2nd design issue of the 2020 America the Beautiful series and the 52nd silver quarter in the overall collection. It’s comprised of 5 troy ounces of 99.9% pure silver.
The central obverse piece of the Silver 5-oz 2020 ATB Weir Farm National Historic Site coin is the prominent left-profile portrait of the first elected U.S. President, George Washington. The official U.S. motto “In God We Trust” is inscribed on the right of the portrait. On the left side, we find the country’s foundation “Liberty” inscribed into the left side.
The reverse side of the coin features the image of an artist painting the beautiful landscape of Ridgefield, around Weir Farm National Historic Site on canvas. It’s a token of celebration of the life and work of the impressionist artist, J. Alden Weir.
About Weir Farm National Historic Site
Connecticut is the southernmost state in the New England region of the northeast United States. The state is named after the Connecticut River, and its capital is Hartford. The name itself is an anglicized spelling of a Mohegan-Pequot word for “long tidal river." History wise, the Connecticut and New Haven colonies established documents of Fundamental Orders, which are considered the first constitutions in America. It’s the third smallest state by area, and the fourth most densely populated. It’s also known as the “Constitution State” due to its influence in the development of the federal government of the United States, especially with the Connecticut Compromise agreement.
Connecticut has an interesting historical heritage that is preserved in its National Parks, with Weir Farm National Historic Site being one of them. The Historic Site is located in Ridgefield and Wilton, Connecticut. It commemorates the life and work of famous American impressionist painter, J. Alden Weir. It also commemorates other artists that stayed or lived at the site, including Childe Hassam, Albert Pinkham Ryder, John S. Sargent, and John Twachtman.
Weir bought the 153-acre farm in Branchville in exchange for $10 and a painting. He and the artists he hosted produced a large number of paintings depicting the Ridgefield landscapes, and other impressionist art. Over time the farm expanded and Weir’s daughter Dorothy Weir, along with her husband Mahonri Young built a second studio after getting married in 1931. After Mahonri’s death, his friend Sperry Andrews purchased the property after Mahonri’s death. Together with the efforts of his wife and Cora Weir Burlingham to preserve the Weir Farm site, it resulted in the U.S. government establishing the property as a National Historic Site in 1990. The property today consists of 16 buildings on 60 acres of land.
- 52nd design in America the Beautiful Series, and the second ATB series coin released in 2020
- Iconic image of George Washington originally designed by John Flanagan
- One of the largest silver bullion coins ever issued by the United States Mint
- Face value of $0.25 (USD) backed by the United States.
- Mintage limited to 45,000 5 oz silver bullion coins
- Contains 5 oz of 0.999 fine silver
- Coin quality is guaranteed by the U.S. Mint