The U.S. Mint’s next America the Beautiful quarter featuring Theodore Roosevelt National Park will be officially launched at a ceremony on August 25 at 10 a.m. MT. The event will double as a celebration of the 100th anniversary of the founding of the National Park Service, which was established on August 25, 1916.
The ceremony will take place at the Painted Canyon Visitor Center of Theodore Roosevelt National Park in Medora, North Dakota. It will be followed by a coin exchange in which members of the public can trade cash for rolls of the new quarters. There is a one-roll ($10) minimum and 10-roll ($100) maximum in place for the coin exchange.
The following representatives of the park, the Mint, and local government will also be on hand to participate in the proceedings:
- Lt. Governor Drew Wrigley
- U.S. Senator John Hoeven
- U.S. Congressman Kevin Cramer
- National Park Service Regional Director Patricia Trap
- Theodore Roosevelt National Park Superintendent Wendy Ross
- United States Mint Principal Deputy Director Rhett Jeppson
- Shirley Meyer, Western Area Director for U.S. Senator Heidi Heitkamp
- Clay Jenkinson, Historian
On the evening prior to the launch (Wednesday, August 24), the Mint will host a Coin Forum at the Old Town Hall Theater, Broadway, in Medora, North Dakota. The event will take place from 5:30 to 6:30 p.m. and give members of the public a chance to learn more about the U.S. Mint’s upcoming initiatives, and weigh in on their ideas for future coinage.
America the Beautiful quarters all share a common obverse, which features John Flanagan’s 1932 portrait of George Washington with the inscriptions UNITED STATES OF AMERICA, LIBERTY, IN GOD WE TRUST, QUARTER DOLLAR, and a mint mark.
The reverse of the new quarter was designed by Joel Iskowitz and engraved by Phebe Hemphill. The image features a rendering of Theodore Roosevelt on horseback near the Little Missouri River, with the inscriptions THEODORE ROOSEVELT, NORTH DAKOTA, E PLURIBUS UNUM, and 2016 placed along the rim.
The U.S. Mint’s America the Beautiful quarters program debuted in 2010. The Theodore Roosevelt National Park issue will be the 34th of 56 planned designs for the series, which is scheduled to wrap up in 2021. This year’s five quarter design’s can be viewed here; more information on the America the Beautiful quarters program is available on the Mint’s Web site.