To commemorate the history of the Marsh-Billings-Rockefeller estate, and celebrate the state of Vermont, the Silver 5-oz ATB 2020 Marsh-Billings-Rockefeller National Historical Park coin was issued. It’s the 4th coin in the 2020 ATB series and the 54th overall coin in the collection. This bullion coin is made of 5 full ounces of 0.999 pure silver.
About the Marsh-Billings-Rockefeller Park coin
The obverse side of the coin features the left-profile image of President George Washington, the first American president and one of the founding fathers. The image was designed by John Flanagan in 1932 with the approval of Congress and debuted on the quarter in the same year. Inscriptions of the word “Liberty” and the official U.S. motto “In God We Trust” can also be found along with George Washington as the founding principles of the United States.
The reverse of the coin features the image of a young girl planting a Norway spruce sapling which is known as the most common spruce or pine species used as a Christmas tree. Below the image and the sapling, “Land Stewardship” is inscribed into the coin. On the smooth edge of the coin, the name of the featured national park and state are inscribed, including the Latin U.S. motto “E pluribus unum."
About Marsh-Billings-Rockefeller National Historical Park
Marsh-Billings-Rockefeller National Historical Park is an American National Historical Park located in Woodstock, Vermont. The park is dedicated to preserving the managed forest and progressive dairy farm established by Frederick Billings. The name also honors him and the other owners of the property: George P. Marsh, Mary Montagu Billings French, Laurance, and Mary French Rockefeller. The architectural centerpiece of the historical park is the George Perkins Marsh Home, built in 1805 and altered by Billings. Visitors can take guided tours of the house, which include a variety of landscape paintings, including artwork done by Hudson River School artists, and photographic pieces. It’s the only national park found in Vermont, besides part of the Appalachian Trail.
Charles Marsh, a notable Vermont lawyer, originally built the house in 1805 as a typical two-story five-bay Federal style house where he raised his family. He was succeeded by his son, George Perkins Marsh, a diplomat and philologist, which is recognized by some as America’s first conservationist due to his work on the irreversible impact of man’s actions on nature.
The estate was purchased by Frederick H. Billings in 1869. He was a well-known lawyer and founding partner of the Northern Pacific Railroad. He authorized two significant enlargements and altercations to the house. Firstly, the wind and mansard roof was added to the house. Secondly, the house was transformed into the elaborate Queen Anne Victorian house it’s known as today, which was designed by Henry Hudson Holley. He also established the model farm on the property, which is nowadays known as the Billings Farm Museum.
The next major owners, Mary French Rockefeller and her husband, Laurance Rockefeller were the ones that donated the house and property to the people of the United States in 1992, which led to the park itself being established.
- 54th design in America the Beautiful Series, and the fourth 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