The U.S. Mint launched the new Theodore Roosevelt National Park quarter yesterday at an official ceremony in Medora, North Dakota. The event began at 10 a.m. MT at the park’s Painted Canyon Visitor Center and drew approximately 900 people, including 400 schoolchildren.
Several local officials spoke during the proceedings, including U.S. Senator John Hoeven, U.S. Congressman Kevin Cramer, NPS Deputy Regional Director Patricia Trap, Shirley Meyer, Western Area Director for U.S. Senator Heidi Heitkamp, Theodore Roosevelt National Park Superintendent Wendy Ross, and historian Clay Jenkinson.
U.S. Mint Principal Deputy Director Rhett Jeppson also spoke, stating, “this coin serves to memorialize the 26th President for his enduring contributions to the conservation of our nation’s resources, especially those found here in Theodore Roosevelt National Park.”
As is usual for America the Beautiful quarter launch ceremonies, attendees were given the opportunity to swap cash for rolls of the new quarters. First State Bank of Golva facilitated this exchange and reported that $18,000 in Denver-minted quarters were dispersed during this process.
A coin forum was also held on Wednesday, August 24, at 5:30 p.m., and was attended by 65 people. The Mint’s coin forums are designed to 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.
Theodore Roosevelt National Park was established on November 10, 1978. Yesterday’s event doubled as a celebration of the 100th anniversary of the founding of the National Park Service, which was established on August 25, 1916.