In 2010, the United States Mint began issuing 56 quarter-dollar coins featuring designs depicting national parks and other national sites as part of the United States Mint America the Beautiful Quarters Program. The America the Beautiful Quarters® Program featured coins with the reverse designs depicting national parks and other national sites. Each year five new national site designs were depicted on the reverse of the America the Beautiful Quarters.
Tallgrass Prairie National Preserve was the final release of 2020 in the America the Beautiful Quarters® Program. The reverse (tails) design depicts a skyward view of a Regal Fritillary butterfly against a backdrop of Big Bluestem and Indian grasses, iconic to Tallgrass Prairie National Preserve. Inscriptions are “TALLGRASS PRAIRIE,” “KANSAS,” “2020,” and “E PLURIBUS UNUM.”
The Tallgrass Prairie National Preserve in Kansas encompasses nearly 11,000 acres and is located in the heart of the Flint Hills–the largest expanse of tallgrass prairie left in North America. It is the only unit of the National Park Service dedicated to the rich, natural history of the tallgrass prairie. Authorized in 1996, the enabling legislation for the preserve also directed the National Park Service to interpret the region’s ranching legacy; a portion of the preserve is still grazed by cattle.