WASHINGTON - The National Park Foundation, National Park Service (NPS) and the United States Mint announced March 25 the limited edition coins honoring the NPS Centennial are now available for purchase.
Coins can be purchased online at catalog.usmint.gov/coins/commemoratives. Coins will be available at participating park locations across the National Park System later this year and have the potential to raise millions of dollars in support for national parks across the U.S.
"These coins - mementos today and heirlooms tomorrow - celebrate the centennial of the National Park Service," said Peggy O'Dell NPS deputy director. "Their purchase will help support vital park programs and contribute to the centennial legacy."
The commemorative coins honor NPS's first century of service protecting, preserving and sharing some of the U.S.'s greatest natural, historical and cultural resources. In addition to being a unique centennial collectible, all coin surcharges are authorized to be paid to the National Park Foundation to support projects that help preserve and protect resources under the stewardship of NPS and promote public enjoyment and appreciation of these resources.
"The coin program is yet another example of a successful public-private partnership that has the ability to make long-lasting and meaningful impacts across our park community as we continue our efforts to protect America's treasured places, connect people from all backgrounds to them, and inspire the next generation of park stewards," said National Park Foundation President Will Shafroth.
The coins can be purchased from the United States Mint at introductory prices until 3 p.m. EST April 25. Regular prices will be in effect after 3 p.m. April 25. All prices include a surcharge associated with the sale of each coin, which is authorized to be paid to the National Park Foundation
GOLD: $395.45 for uncirculated version; $400.45 for proof version (the price for gold coins is subject to change due to variability of pricing on the precious metal markets)
SILVER: $44.95 for uncirculated version; $45.95 for proof version
CLAD: $20.95 for uncirculated version; $21.95 for proof version
There will also be a limited amount of coin sets which include all three coins. No more than 15,000 three-coin sets will be produced. There is a household order limit of two units with this set.
The gold coin obverse (heads side) features naturalist, writer and conservationist John Muir and Theodore Roosevelt with Yosemite National Park's Half Dome in the background. Inscriptions are "LIBERTY," "2016" and "IN GOD WE TRUST." United States Mint Sculptor-Engraver Don Everhart designed and sculpted the obverse.
The gold coin reverse (tails side) features the National Park Service logo, with the inscriptions "UNITED STATES OF AMERICA," "E PLURIBUS UNUM" and "$5." Everhart also designed and sculpted the reverse.
The silver coin obverse features Yellowstone National Park's Old Faithful geyser and a bison, with the inscriptions "LIBERTY," "NATIONAL PARK SERVICE CENTENNIAL," "IN GOD WE TRUST" and "1916," and "2016." United States Mint Sculptor-Engraver Joseph Menna designed and sculpted the obverse.
The silver coin reverse depicts a Latina Folklórico dancer and the National Park Service logo, representing the multi-faceted cultural experience found in America's national parks. Inscriptions are "UNITED STATES OF AMERICA," "E PLURIBUS UNUM," "$1," "HERITAGE," "CULTURE" and "PRIDE." The reverse was designed by Artistic Infusion Program artist Chris Costello and sculpted by United States Mint Sculptor-Engraver Jim Licaretz.
The clad half dollar obverse features a hiker discovering the majesty of the wilderness and a small child discovering a frog hiding in ferns, celebrating the diversity and breadth of the National Park Service. Inscriptions are "LIBERTY," "2016," "IN GOD WE TRUST," "1916" and "NATIONAL PARK SERVICE." The reverse was designed by Artistic Infusion Program artist Barbara Fox and sculpted by United States Mint Sculptor-Engraver Michael Gaudioso.
The clad half dollar reverse features the National Park Service logo, with the inscriptions "UNITED STATES OF AMERICA," "E PLURIBUS UNUM," "HALF DOLLAR," "STEWARDSHIP" and "RECREATION." The reverse was designed by Artistic Infusion Program artist Thomas Hipschen and sculpted by United States Mint Sculptor-Engraver Charles L. Vickers.
NPS said the coins are great examples of the countless ways there are to #FindYourPark, which is a movement launched in March 2015. Find Your Park/Encuentra Tu Parque is a public awareness and education movement to inspire people from all backgrounds to connect with, celebrate and support America's national parks and community-based programs. Celebrating the NPS Centennial and setting the stage for the Service's next 100 years. #FindYourPark invites people to discover and share their own unique connections to our nation's natural landscapes, vibrant culture and rich history.