Consider replacing George Washington’s portrait on U.S. quarters with an image of Theodore Roosevelt, members of the Citizens Coinage Advisory Committee (CCAC) unanimously recommended in their Jan. 27 meeting, according to Numismatic News.
Information about the National Park Quarters has been minimal, as should be expected for much of 2009 given the United States Mint will not begin issuing the quarters until 2010.
However, the first five quarter designs will be completed this year in preparation for their release next year. And the CCAC, which advises the Secretary of the Treasury on designs for coinage, has already made their first recommendation for the series.
The America’s Beautiful National Parks Quarter Dollar Coin Act (H.R.6184), which authorizes five quarters per year for at least the next eleven years, states each quarter design is to be “emblematic of a national park or other national site in each State, the District of Columbia, and each territory of the United States.”
With that, most collectors would probably expect the quarter’s reverse to take on a park theme and the obverse (heads side) to be the same as the 50 State quarters and the 2009 D.C. and U.S. Territories quarters. The CCAC recommendation has merit. Strong merit.
Theodore Roosevelt had a passion and crusaded for conservation and national sites. Roosevelt set a aside a massive amount of land, adding 42 million acres of national forests and over 50 national wildlife refuges — more than all of his predecessors combined.
Roosevelt’s image on commemorative park quarters makes more sense than any other president. Yet, replacing Washington who has been on quarters since 1932 is not an easy decision to make either.
The final decision will be made in the coming months.
H.R. 6184 passed in the U.S. House of Representatives July 9, 2008 and unpredictably gained approval in the lame duck session of the Senate on December 10, 2008. President Bush signed the act into law on December 23, 2008.
For the Numismatic News article, read CCAC picks favorites.
[Editor’s update: Roosevelt’s image will not be placed on the obverse of the new quarters. For an interesting perspective on the top, read: America the Beautiful Quarters, CCAC Dropped the Ball.]