Theodore Roosevelt National Park in North Dakota is the fourth of five sites celebrated in 2016 on a U.S. quarter. Overall, it is the 34th of 56 scheduled from the United States Mint program of America the Beautiful Quarters, a series that commemorates national parks and other national sites throughout the United States and its territories.
Important event and release dates for North Dakota’s Theodore Roosevelt Quarter include:
- its official launch ceremony on August 25, 2016 at 10 a.m. MT — hosted by the National Park Service and U.S. Mint at the park’s Painted Canyon Visitor Center in Medora, ND;
- its release into general circulation on August 29, 2016; and
- its sale date in U.S. Mint-branded rolls and bags at www.usmint.gov, also on August 29, 2016.
Joel Iskowitz designed and Phebe Hemphill sculpted the reverse or tails side of the quarter. Selected from among six candidate designs, it depicts a young Teddy Roosevelt on horseback surveying the terrain near the Little Missouri River. Around the image are inscriptions of THEODORE ROOSEVELT, NORTH DAKOTA, 2016 and E PLURIBUS UNUM.
Obverses or heads side of quarters share the same design, John Flanagan’s effigy of George Washington with surrounding inscriptions of UNITED STATES OF AMERICA, LIBERTY, IN GOD WE TRUST, QUARTER DOLLAR, and a letter or mintmark denoting which U.S. Mint facility made it.
The program of America the Beautiful Quarters debuted in 2010. Strikes in the series launch at a rate of five per year with the last one due out in 2021.
Earlier 2016 issues include quarters honoring Shawnee National Forest in Illinois, Cumberland Gap National Historical Park in Kentucky, and the Harpers Ferry National Historical Park in West Virginia. The last quarter release for the year commemorates Fort Moultrie (Fort Sumter National Monument) in South Carolina.
Theodore Roosevelt National Park Information
Theodore Roosevelt National Park of North Dakota is named after Theodore Roosevelt, the 26th president of the United States, who owned a ranch on the land that is now a part of the park. Thanks to President Roosevelt’s love of nature, many of the national parks in operation today were formed by his administration.
A variety of species call the 70,000 acre park home, such as bison, elk, deer, prairie dogs, and over 150 types of birds. This national park is surrounded by a 7 foot tall fence that keeps a large herd of American Bison inside. It also offers over 100 miles in trails and sightseeing opportunities. In addition, there are some remnants of the original ranch left, much of it is fenced off to protect its integrity.
While the park is fairly remote, and somewhat difficult to get to, it has about 400,000 visitors a year.