The U.S. Mint is unveiling a dozen design possibilities for the quarter to be issued next year that will feature the Homestead National Monument of America, west of Beatrice.
The designs draw on the images of a plow, homesteaders, a log cabin, horse and oxen, and the monument itself. Homestead Superintendent Mark Engler says he doesn’t have just one favorite design from the 12.
“Each one of them say something a little bit different about the Homestead story and it’s quite an honor for Homestead to be on a quarter,” Engler says, “and at the same time, it’s quite a challenge to get the 123 years of America’s homesteading story on something as small as a quarter.”
The U.S. Mint will issue 56 different quarters featuring national parks, sites or monuments as part of an “America the Beautiful” quarter series. The Homestead National Monument quarter is expected to be released in January of 2015. Engler says it may boost tourism.
“Even if it’s a small percent of people that have that quarter in their hands,” he says, “if this quarter sparks interest with them about the monument and they decide to do research and come to Beatrice to see the monument, even if that is a small percentage, it’s going to have a tremendous impact upon us.”
Engler believes the quarter will be a source of community pride and economic activity. Previously, Chimney Rock was featured on Nebraska’s first state quarter. The proposed 12 designs of the Homestead Quarter can be seen on the monument’s website, at…
By Doug Kennedy, KWBE, Beatrice