The fourth 2016 strike of the United States Mint America the Beautiful Quarters™ Program will be the 2016 Theodore Roosevelt National Park Quarter. This coin marks the thirty-fourth issue of the program which will include a total of 56 new quarters once it has been completed in 2021.
Design candidates for all of the 2016 quarters should be released by the US Mint for review sometime in early 2015. It will probably not be until 2016, however, before the final design for the quarters, including the Theodore Roosevelt strike, will be made public.
Released as the fourth quarter of the year, the Theodore Roosevelt National Park Quarter should enter general circulation in late summer to early fall of 2016.
Additional 2016 America the Beautiful Quarter releases for the year include:
- Shawnee National Forest Quarter
- Cumberland Gap National Historical Park Quarter
- Harpers Ferry National Historical Park Quarter
- Fort Moultrie (Sumter) National Monument Quarter
Theodore Roosevelt National Park of North Dakota
Located in North Dakota, Theodore Roosevelt National Park consists of two separate units totaling approximately 70,000 acres.
The park is named after the 26th President of the United States who operated a ranch on the land in the late 1800’s before heading back east and entering the world of politics. His love of nature which was fostered in the prairies of North Dakota helped to shape his policies as President and led to the creation of many national parks.
Today, both park units are surrounded by 7-foot fences to help keep a population of American Bison in the park boundaries. Over 186 species of birds are known to frequent the lands of the park and along with dozens of mammals including the bison, elk, deer and prairie dogs make a visit to the park one that most will not forget easily. Aside from the wildlife, over 100 miles of trails and prairie views are offered to the estimated 400,000 annual visitors.
Those interested in visiting Roosevelt’s Elkhorn Ranch will have an adventure of their own ahead of them. That is because the ranch is extremely remote. To get to it, visitors must drive nearly 20 miles of gravel roads off of US Highway 85. They will then come upon the Little Missouri River which must be forded before continuing another mile. Almost nothing of the original ranch is still visible, however the sites of the buildings have been surrounded by fence to protect them.