2016 National Park Service Centennial commem designs unveiled

John Muir, Theodore Roosevelt, Half Dome dominate $5 gold coin obverse
By , Coin World
Published : 11/19/15
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Approved designs for the 2016 National Park Service Centennial gold $5 half eagle, silver dollar and copper-nickel clad half dollar were unveiled Nov. 19 in ceremonies at 11:30 a.m. Eastern Time at the U.S. Department of the Interior.

The three-coin program was authorized under Section 3055 of The Carl Levin and Howard P. “Buck” McKeon National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2015, Public Law 113-291.

The designs were approved Aug. 27 by Deputy Treasury Secretary Sarah Bloom Raskin after consultation with the National Park Service and National Park Foundation, and after all proposed designs were reviewed and recommendations made by the Commission of Fine Arts and Citizens Coinage Advisory Committee.

The enabling commemorative coin legislation authorizes the production and release combined in Proof and Uncirculated versions of up to 100,000 gold $5 coins, 500,000 silver dollars and 750,000 copper-nickel clad half dollars to mark the 100th anniversary of the National Park Service.

Surcharges of $35, $10 and $5 are to be included in the purchase price for each half eagle, dollar and half dollar, respectively.

Net surcharges, after the U.S. Mint recoups all production and associated costs, are to be distributed to the National Park Foundation “for projects and programs that help preserve and protect resources under the stewardship of the National Park Service and promote public enjoyment and appreciation of those resources.”

None of the net surcharges may be used for land acquisition, according to provisions of the coin program’s authorizing legislation.

Design picks

The approved gold coin's obverse design features John Muir and Theodore Roosevelt with Yosemite National Park’s Half Dome in the background.

The adopted reverse features a rendition of the National Park Service logo, a design recommended by the CCAC.

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