The front (obverse) of the Theodore Roosevelt National Park quarter features a restored version of the George Washington portrait by John Flanagan that is characteristic of United States Quarters.
Theodore Roosevelt made his first trip to North Dakota in 1883 to hunt bison and immediately fell in love with the area. Roosevelt was quick to invest in two ranches, settling in the North Dakota badlands, and his time out West greatly influenced his concern for conservation during his presidency.
After Theodore Roosevelt died in 1919, possible national park sites in the area were explored. An area of the North Dakota badlands that included Roosevelt's ranches was appointed as the Roosevelt Recreation Demonstration Area in 1935. It was not until 1947 that President Harry Truman established the area as the Theodore Roosevelt National Memorial Park.
Today, the Theodore Roosevelt National Memorial Park covers 70,446 acres of western North Dakota and sees roughly 400,000 visitors annually.
- Mint: U.S. Mint (West Point)
- Type: Bullion (Investment)
- Mintage: Minted in 2016 in a to be determined amount
- Silver Content: 0.999 fine silver
- Diameter: 76.2 mm in diameter (3 in.)
- Thickness: 3.25 mm in thickness (0.128 in.)
- Weight: 5 troy ounces (155.5g)
- Face Value: $0.25
- Coin Highlights:
- Iskowitz’s design was chosen among six other design options each featuring Roosevelt or an important feature within the national park
- Is the fourth coin in the America the Beautiful series issued for 2016
- Coin was officially released into general circulation on August 29, 2016
- Considered legal tender since it's backed by the U.S. government; however, metal value is much higher than the coin's face value. Better for collecting rather than actual currency
- Coin qualifies for inclusion in a precious metal IRA
While the circulated America the Beautiful quarters do not possess any value over their $0.25 face value, the collection is great for starter collectors or anyone that may not be willing to put in a lot of money to start. Since these quarters are in general circulation, a bit of digging can turn anyone into a collector.
The series is also available in uncirculated silver bullion, each of which comes with a certificate of authenticity with purchase and is backed by the U.S. Mint. The bullion coins' 0.999 silver content makes it a more valuable investment and collector's item.