This week the US mint releases the 4th National Park Coins of 2016. For those of you collecting National Park Quarters, Washington Quarters, or if you like those huge 5 Ounce Silver Coins, you can enjoy the design of Theodore Roosevelt National Park in North Dakota. For those of you new to National Park Quarters, the US mint started releasing National Parks or Sites from each state, District of Columbia and US Territories in 2010. At the moment, they expect to release five different designs a year until 2021. So, we’re a little past halfway on the National Parks.
The design displays Theodore Roosevelt on his horse overlooking Little Missouri River Badlands with great detail and showing mountains in the distance. Before becoming President, Theodore Roosevelt went to what was in 1883 the Dakota Territory to hunt and was intrigued with the area around the Missouri River. This helped him become more interested in the conservation of the United States. In honor of him, Theodore Roosevelt National Park became a national park on February 25, 1946. The park is located in western North Dakota, about 30 miles east of the Montana border. The park is made up of over 70,000 acres.
Theodore Roosevelt was also an important influence in the future of US Coins. In 1904, he wanted the design of coins to be more interesting. At that time, all circulated coins except the cent and dollar were designed by Charles Barber and President Roosevelt thought it was time for a change. He would see that happen in his lifetime with the Lincoln Cent in 1909, Buffalo Nickel in 1913, and the Mercury Dime, Standing Liberty Quarter and Walking Liberty Half Dollar in 1916. Also, some of the gold coins would change design.
Bully to Theodore Roosevelt. He is well deserving of a National Park for his influence in the early stages as well as making coin collecting more interesting. Are you or would you consider collecting National Park Quarters? I have a National Parks Folder collecting circulated Washington Quarters from Philadelphia and Denver. If anyone out there has Denver National Park Quarters, please let me know. I only have 4 so far.