Marsh-Billings-Rockefeller National Historical Park Quarter
Counting as the fifty-fourth out of fifty-six strikes due to be released as part of the US Mint’s America the Beautiful Quarters® Program is the 2020 Marsh-Billings-Rockefeller National Historical Park Quarter. This strike will be the fourth of five in the program due to be released in 2020.
With this release, the program will only be two strikes from completing its Congressional mandate of fifty-six as dictated by the America’s Beautiful National Parks Quarter Dollar Coin Act of 2008 which authorized them. The program debuted in 2010 and featured five strikes annually.
Each of the strikes honor a different site of national interest from within the United States or its territories with a design on their reverse including this Marsh-Billings-Rockefeller National Historical Park Quarter. The obverse of each contains a portrait of the first President of the United States, George Washington.
Preceding the release of the Marsh-Billings-Rockefeller National Historical Park Quarter will be the National Park of American Samoa Quarter, the Weir Farm National Historic Site Quarter and the Salt River Bay National Historical Park and Ecological Preserve Quarter. Following in in 2020 will be the Tallgrass Prairie National Preserve Quarter.
Marsh-Billings-Rockefeller National Historical Park information
The Marsh-Billings-Rockefeller National Historical Park of Vermont takes its name from the three previous owners of the site before it came under the control of the US National Park Service – Frederick Billings, George Perkins Marsh and Laurence and Mary French Rockefeller.
George Perkins Marsh was an author and environmental thinker who originally owned the farm which was purchased by Frederick Billings. Billings established a progressive dairy farm in the area and created a managed forest system there.
Finally, Billings granddaughter, Mary French Rockefeller, and her husband Laurence, continued the practices started by her grandfather before donating the land to the federal government.