The 2016 Theodore Roosevelt National Park silver coin is part of the America the Beautiful coin series that the puts not only influential figures and presidents in American history but also national parks and figurines that represent the nuanced tale of America’s past. The Theodore Roosevelt ATB Silver Coin is made out of. 999 fine silver, and it is the fourth America the Beautiful coin released by the United States Mint in 2016, with the coin being the 34th overall coin. The coin depicts a young Theodore Roosevelt on horseback overlooking The Little a Missouri River.
Inscribed onto the coin is Theodore Roosevelt’s name and “North Dakota, 2016.” The Latin term “E PLURIBUS UNUM” is also inscribed on the coin. The Latin terms mean “one from a many” or “one out of many“. It is a phrase on the Seal of the United States and was adopted by Congress in the late 1700s. The reverse side of the coin commemorated Theodore Roosevelt National Park and was designed by artists Joel Iskowitz. The coin weighs 5 ounces.
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The obverse side of the silver coin will have a portrait of George Washington. Designed by designer John Flanagan, the portrait of George Washington is one that is familiar and one that represents American history.
The reverse side of the coin commemorates Theodore Roosevelt National Park. Located in western North Dakota, the Roosevelt National Park covers more than 70,000 acres of land. In 1883, Theodore Roosevelt visited the North Dakota plains and badlands to hunt for bison. He quickly noticed the open fields of land and immediately fell in love with it. Smitten, Theodore Roosevelt immediately invested $14,000 in the area. After the death of his wife (Eleanor Roosevelt)and mother, Theodore Roosevelt revisited the badlands in 1884.
Roosevelt returned to New York and started to climb the political ladder. His influence and tenacity led him to the presidency of the United States. Even though this is a heralded position that he respected, he still had an admiration for the outdoors. His love of the outdoors made him a leader in the preservation of natural areas and landmarks, making sure that future generations can enjoy it. The Antiquities Act of 1906 inspired later presidents to create 105 national monuments, with many of these monuments still in operation to this day.
To commemorate his death in 1919, administrators wanted to celebrate his love for the open fields of the West. The Civilian Conservation Corps cultivated the areas that are now Theodore Roosevelt National Park and later the United States Fish and Wildlife Service.
The Little Missouri River
On the reverse side of the Theodore Roosevelt National Park silver coin, you can see Theodore Roosevelt overlooking the Little Missouri River. Located along the northern Great Plains of the United States, The Little Missouri River cuts through Theodore Roosevelt National Park. The Little Missouri River is currently used as a recreational center for tourists and residents alike. Many residents enjoy canoeing and fishing, appreciating the lands that were once adored by Theodore Roosevelt himself.
About Theodore Roosevelt
Theodore Roosevelt was the 26th President of the United States from 1901 to 1909. He is heralded as a leader who spearheaded the progressive era in the United States. A member of the Republican Party, Theodore Roosevelt bolstered widespread social activism and political reform. Although a sickly child, Theodore Roosevelt quickly adopted a strenuous and vibrant lifestyle that allowed him to trump over his initial setbacks. He had a broad range of interests, with most pertaining to the outdoors.
Theodore Roosevelt became president after the assassination of President McKinley in 1901. Theodore Roosevelt was a poised naturalist that was also a talented writer. "The Naval War of 1812" showcased his talent for prose and history. At just 42, Theodore Roosevelt is known as the youngest United States president in history.