Monday Morning Brief for Sept. 21, 2020: Next year's quarters

September 23, 2020 2 min read

Monday Morning Brief for Sept. 21, 2020: Next year's quarters

By William T. Gibbs , Coin World ,Published: Sep 21, 2020, 7 AM

As I write this, Labor Day has passed and half of the month of September is gone. A new year, 2021, is just three-and-a-half months away, which, for the U.S. Mint, means getting ready for next year’s circulating coinage.

One of questions that remains unanswered (publicly, at least) is what the 2021 quarter dollars will look like. The America the Beautiful quarter dollars program ends in 2021 with a single release — the coin for Alabama, commemorating the Tuskegee Airmen National Historic Site. Under the provisions of the act that authorized the America the Beautiful quarters program, the production of multiple quarter dollar designs will cease and a single design will be introduced, showing George Washington crossing the Delaware River on the night of Dec. 25–26, 1776, before the Battle of Trenton. The Commission of Fine Arts and Citizens Coinage Advisory Committee reviewed candidate  designs for the 2021 quarter dollar in October 2019. Mint officials should be revealing the approved design soon.

The obverse of the coin would revert to its pre-1999 appearance, bearing the portrait of the 1932 to 1998 quarters.

However, Congress still has time to approve a replacement for the America the Beautiful program, which would upend the Mint’s 2021 planning.

Two bills are before Congress, H.R. 1923 and S. 2427, both called the Women’s History and Nineteenth Amendment Centennial Quarter Dollar Coin Program Act. If either piece of legislation passed, it would authorize a replacement program very similar to the State, U.S. Territories and America the Beautiful quarter dollars programs that preceded it. “This bill requires the Department of the Treasury to mint and issue quarter-dollar coins in commemoration of the ratification of the Nineteenth Amendment granting women the right to vote. The design on the reverse of each coin shall be emblematic of the accomplishments and contributions of a prominent woman who was a resident of a state, the District of Columbia, or a U.S. territory,” according to the text of the House version.

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