Theodore Roosevelt Quarter 4

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.

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4 thoughts on “Theodore Roosevelt Quarter

  • Andrew G

    Thank You for that very fine piece of american history. With those points in mind it is a beautiful country and those rivers were very interesting as they made for travel, trade, and commerce. This was an interesting piece of history also in the sense of how those coins such as the lincoln and buffalo were originated.

    • Kevin Post author

      Thanks for the comment Andrew! Theodore Roosevelt was an important man in US History. Many people know of his part in National Parks but few know about his input in the future of US coin designs.

  • Brianna

    As someone who didn’t even know National Park quarters existed this is pretty cool information! I just looked into it and looks like Pictured Rocks National Lakeshore will be on a quarter coming up. I’ll have to get my hands on this one as it’s from my home state of Michigan, sweet!