2016 National Park Service 100th Anniversary Commemorative Coin

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2016 marked the 100th year anniversary of the National Parks! The Natural Park Service has had stewardship of America’s great national parks since, you guessed it, 1916, when President Woodrow Wilson signed legislation creating the agency. This great agency oversees over 400 sites covering 84 million acres in both the United States and its territories.  The National Park Service system includes monuments, battlefields, military parks, historical parks, historic sites, recreation areas, scenic rivers, and trails, as well as the White House. More than 20,000 NPS employees care for these sites with the help from dedicated volunteers and park partners.
     Just like the previously mentioned Mark Twain coin, this National Park Commemorative coin comes in a few different options, gold, silver and clad.  The obverse of the gold coin shows John Muir and Theodore Roosevelt with Yosemite National Park’s Half Dome in the background. You will also find the traditional “Liberty,” “In God We Trust,” and “2016” on the obverse. The reverse of the gold version of this coin shows that National Park Service logo along with “The United States of America,” “E Pluribus Unum,” and the denomination of the coin. The silver obverse design features Yellowstone National Park’s Old Faithful geyser along with a bison. The obverse also contains the terms “Liberty,” “National Park Service Centennial,” “In God We Trust,” “1916,” and “2016.” The reverse shows a Latina Folklórico dancer and the NPS logo representing the multi-faceted cultural experience found in America’s National Parks. “Heritage,” “Culture,” and “Pride” are also found on the reverse along with the traditional inscriptions.  Lastly, we have a clad coin. The obverse of this coin shows a hiker discovering the majesty of the wilderness and a small child discovering a frog hiding in the ferns, celebrating the diversity and breadth of the National Park Service.  The reverse once again depicts the NPS logo.
     2016 blessed us with many beautiful coins, but the year’s commemorative coins have to be at the top of the list. Both the Mark Twain coin, as well as this National Park Service coin, celebrate American culture beautifully. To get more information about the year’s commemorative coins please contact us here at Certified Coin Consultants! Reach us at 516-218-2094 or find us online!

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