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.
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.
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.
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.
of $35, $10 and $5 are to be included in the purchase price for each
half eagle, dollar and half dollar, respectively.
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.”
of the net surcharges may be used for land acquisition, according to
provisions of the coin program’s authorizing legislation.
approved gold coin's obverse design features John Muir and Theodore Roosevelt with Yosemite National Park’s
Half Dome in the background.
adopted reverse features a rendition of the National Park Service
logo, a design recommended by the CCAC.
obverse and reverse of the gold coin were designed and sculptured by
U.S.Mint Medallic Sculptor Donald Everhart II.
silver dollar obverse, designed and sculptured by U.S. Mint Medallic
Sculptor Joseph F. Menna, features Yellowstone National
Park’s Old Faithful geyser and a bison. This design was
the recommendation of the CFA.
approved reverse for the dollar, designed by U.S. Mint Artistic
Infusion Program artist Chris Costello and sculptured by U.S. Mint
Medallic Sculptor Jim Licaretz, depicts a Latina Folklórico dancer
and the NPS logo, representing the multi-faceted cultural experience
found in America’s national parks. The design was originally proposed
for the reverse of the silver dollar, but the CCAC had recommended its
use as the silver dollar obverse.
half dollar obverse design 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 NPS. The design was
executed by U.S. Mint AIP artist Barbara Fox and sculptured by U.S. Mint Medallic
Sculptor Michael Gaudioso.
half dollar reverse design, by AIP artist Thomas Hipschen and sculptured by U.S. Mint
Sculptor-Engraver Charles L. Vickers, features a rendition of the
adopted reverse was originally submitted for review by the Commission
of Fine Arts and the Citizens Coinage Advisory Committee as a proposed
obverse. The CFA had recommended it for the obverse.
apparently sidestepped the CCAC's recommendation for the half dollar
reverse design depicting a dinosaur skeleton.
Mint officials have not disclosed the release date, pricing nor
packaging options for the National Park Service Centennial coins.
National Park Service was established by Congress as a bureau under
the Department of the Interior under legislation signed into law Aug.
25, 1916, by President Woodrow Wilson. History on the establishment of
the National Park system can be found at http://www.nps.gov/aboutus/history.htm.