The thirty-fourth release within the America the Beautiful Quarters Program features Theodore Roosevelt National Park in North Dakota. The site selection is appropriate and notable due Roosevelt’s significant contributions to the cause of conservation and development of the National Parks System. During his presidency, he had put aside 230 million acres of land for national parks, national forests, national wildlife refuges, and special interest areas.
The reverse of the Theodore Roosevelt National Park Quarter was designed by Joel Iskowitz and engraved by Phebe Hemphill. It depicts a young Theodore Roosevelt on horseback surveying the terrain near the Little Missouri River. The inscriptions read “Theodore Roosevelt”, “North Dakota”, “E Pluribus Unum”, and “2016”. The obverse of the coin contains the profile portrait of George Washington designed by John Flanagan. The inscriptions read “United States of America”, “Liberty”, “In God We Trust”, and “Quarter Dollar”.
On August 25, 2016, the United States Mint and National Park Service held a release ceremony for the coin at the park’s Painted Canyon Visitor Center. The ceremony coincided with the 100th anniversary of the founding of the National Park Service. Prior to the ceremony a coin forum was held with Mint representatives available to answer questions from the public. After the ceremony, a coin exchange allowed members of the public to exchange currency for rolls containing Theodore Roosevelt National Park Quarters, representing the first availability within the nation.
A few days later, on August 29, 2016, the quarters were released into general circulation. On the same date, the United States Mint opened sales for numismatic bags and rolls of the quarters. The available products included 100-coin bags, 40-coin rolls, two roll sets, and three roll sets. These products contained circulating quality examples of the coins struck at the Philadelphia, Denver, and San Francisco Mint facilities. The circulating quality coins struck at the San Francisco Mint with the “S” mint mark were not released for circulation, but only available within these products.
Throughout the year, the Theodore Roosevelt Quarters were available within other numismatic products and in other formats. Clad and 90% silver proof versions were struck at the San Francisco Mint and included within various annual set products. Bullion and numismatic five ounce silver versions were struck at the Philadelphia Mint and sold through bullion dealers and directly by the United States Mint.
About Theodore Roosevelt National Park
Today politicians and presidents have the reputation of being very formal entities that are completely absorbed with the struggles of running a country and a government. It can be hard to imagine American Presidents as anything but government figures, but the truth is that early U.S. Presidents usually had many other jobs and life adventures before they came into office.
Their strength and bravery as businessmen and pioneers are one of the things that make this country great, and prove that any one citizen has the ability to do great things for their country. Theodore Roosevelt has become one of the most loved presidents in the history of the United States, and it is no surprise that he attributes his time spent as a rancher in the North Dakota hills as one of the things that made him the strong leader that he was.
It was 1883 when Teddy Roosevelt first came to the Badlands of North Dakota on a hunting trip. He loved the wildlife and scenery of the area so much that he eventually bought not one but two cattle ranches there, named the Maltese Cross and the Elkhorn. These two locations eventually became the basis of recognizing the historical significance of the area, and they would make up the bulk of what is now known as the Theodore Roosevelt National Park in North Dakota.
Officially recognized by the federal government in 1946, the park provides a unique place for visitors to learn more about the ecosystem and the environment of North Dakota, and how spending time there early in his life helped Roosevelt form very strong opinions about conserving the natural areas of this country.