The U.S. Mint has shared images of its upcoming 2016 National Park Service Commemorative Coins, due for release on March 24. The N.P.S. commemorative coin program was authorized by Public Law 113-291 and will include Proof and Uncirculated versions of three distinct issues: a five-dollar gold coin, a one-dollar silver issue, and a clad half dollar. Color-coded images explaining the coins’ finishes can be viewed here.
The obverse of the $5 gold coin features profile portraits of John Muir and Theodore Roosevelt, with Yosemite National Park’s Half Dome pictured in the background. Inscribed along the rim of the coin are LIBERTY, 2016, and IN GOD WE TRUST. Its reverse features the N.P.S. logo and the inscriptions UNITED STATES OF AMERICA, E PLURIBUS UNUM, and the coin’s $5 denomination. Don Everhart designed and sculpted both the obverse and reverse of the coin.
The silver coin’s obverse design, created and sculpted by Joseph Menna, features a depiction of Yellowstone National Park’s Old Faithful geyser behind a solitary bison. The inscriptions LIBERTY, NATIONAL PARK SERVICE CENTENNIAL, IN GOD WE TRUST, and 1916-2016 are placed around the image. The reverse image includes the N.P.S. logo before a Folklórico dancer. Inscriptions are UNITED STATES OF AMERICA, E PLURIBUS UNUM, $1, HERITAGE, CULTURE, and PRIDE. The reverse was designed by Chris Costello and sculpted by Jim Licaretz.
The clad half dollar obverse features a hiker exploring the wilderness and a child peeking through ferns at a small frog. Inscriptions are LIBERTY, 2016, IN GOD WE TRUST, 1916, and NATIONAL PARK SERVICE. The obverse was designed by Barbara Fox and will be sculpted by Michael Gaudioso. The coin’s reverse features the N.P.S. logo, with UNITED STATES OF AMERICA, E PLURIBUS UNUM, HALF DOLLAR, STEWARDSHIP, and RECREATION inscribed around the design. The reverse was designed by Thomas Hipschen and sculpted by Charles L. Vickers.
Portions of this article previously appeared at Mint News Blog.