2016 NPS Centennial Commemorative Coin Designs Revealed

by Rhonda Kay on November 20, 2015 · 18 comments

Designs for the 2016 National Park Service 100th Anniversary Commemorative Coins were unveiled Thursday, Nov. 19, during a ceremony at the U.S. Department of the Interior in Washington, DC.

2016 National Park Service 100th Anniversary Commemorative Coin Designs

2016 National Park Service 100th Anniversary Commemorative Coin Designs — $5 Gold, Silver Dollar and Clad Half-Dollar

These United States Mint coins will be offered in gold, silver, and clad compositions, and they will be available in collector qualities of proof and uncirculated. Their launch in 2016 will feature designs emblematic of the centennial of the National Park Service (NPS).

On hand for the ceremony were Treasurer of the United States Rosie Rios, National Park Foundation (NPF) President and Chief Executive Officer Will Shafroth, and NPS Director Jonathan B. Jarvis.

"Heads or tails, this Centennial commemorative coin helps to honor the National Park Service’s first century of service to protect, preserve, and share some of our nation’s greatest natural resources, culture, and history," said Jarvis.

Established in 1916, the NPS (www.nps.gov) is an agency of the Department of the Interior, and it is tasked with managing and safeguarding more than 400 national parks throughout the United States and its territories.

Authorized by Public Law 113-291, the U.S. Mint in 2016 will strike and sell up to 100,000 $5 gold coins, 500,000 silver dollars and 750,000 clad half-dollars. Respective surcharges of $35, $10 and $5 are to be included in the price of each.

"The coins will be a fun centennial collectible, and the proceeds will contribute to our second century of service to the American people," Jarvis added.

The funds are to be used for projects that help preserve and protect resources under the stewardship of the NPS and promote public enjoyment and appreciation of these resources. They may not be used for land acquisitions.

Coin prices, release dates and possible set options will be revealed at a later date.

2016 $5 National Park Service Commemorative Gold Coin Designs

The $5 gold coin obverse (heads side) features 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 it.

2016 $5 National Park Service Commemorative Gold Coin Designs

2016 $5 National Park Service Commemorative Gold Coin Designs

The $5 gold coin reverse (tails side) features the NPS logo, with the inscriptions UNITED STATES OF AMERICA, E PLURIBUS UNUM, and $5. Everhart also designed and sculpted the reverse.

2016 National Park Service Silver Dollar Designs

The silver dollar 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 1916-2016. United States Mint Sculptor-Engraver Joseph Menna designed and sculpted it.

2016 National Park Service Silver Dollar Designs

2016 National Park Service Silver Dollar Designs — obverse and reverse

The silver dollar reverse depicts a Latina Folklórico dancer and the NPS 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 (AIP) artist Chris Costello and sculpted by United States Mint Sculptor-Engraver Jim Licaretz.

2016 National Park Service Half-Dollar Designs

The clad half-dollar obverse features a hiker discovering the majesty of the wilderness and a small child discovering a frog hiding in ferns, which celebrates the diversity and breadth of the NPS. Inscriptions are LIBERTY, 2016, IN GOD WE TRUST, 1916, and NATIONAL PARK SERVICE. The obverse was designed by AIP artist Barbara Fox and will be sculpted by United States Mint Sculptor-Engraver Michael Gaudioso.

2016 National Park Service Half-Dollar Designs

2016 National Park Service Half-Dollar Designs

The clad half-dollar reverse features the NPS logo, with the inscriptions UNITED STATES OF AMERICA, E PLURIBUS UNUM, HALF DOLLAR, STEWARDSHIP, and RECREATION. The reverse was designed by AIP artist Thomas Hipschen and sculpted by United States Mint Sculptor-Engraver Charles L. Vickers.

{ 18 comments… read them below or add one }

Joe November 20, 2015 at 2:53 pm

If those are the final designs, I’ll pass.

Tinto November 20, 2015 at 3:11 pm

Did the Mint ever approve/release the designs for Mark Twain? I thought that was going to come out first. Or did I miss the announcement

Munzen November 20, 2015 at 3:14 pm

Old Faithful looks like a mushroom cloud.

BustyWidow November 20, 2015 at 3:23 pm

yes, and in real life it does too…you’re point Munzen?

Seth Riesling November 20, 2015 at 4:21 pm

Rhonda (Kay) Unser –

Thanks for this interesting update on the U.S. Mint’s National Park Service 2016 commemorative 3-coin program designs! Could you please update us on the status of the Mint’s 2016 Mark Twain commemorative coin program also?

Joe & Munzen,

The only design of the 3 coins that i halfway like is the NPS clad half dollar coin, except for the fact that the top of the boy’s head is cut off on the obverse design! The $5 gold coin design looks like it should be a bronze high relief medal instead of a coin design! And the 2016 NPS $1silver coin obverse design is almost identical to the Mint’s 1999 Yellowstone National Park commemorative silver dollar obverse design! In regards to the reverse design of the NPS $1silver coin, while fairly pleasing by itself it simply doesn’t seem to go well with the obverse design (how many Latina Folklorico dancers has anyone ever seen dancing around the Old Faithful geyser?!) I will partially support the NPS by purchasing the half dollar coins for myself & my four nephews (maybe the Mint will offer a Young Collectors Set with the half dollar which would make a good gift for my nephews also).
Happy collecting everyone.

-NumisDudeTX

Jp November 20, 2015 at 6:06 pm

Generally I like them. I agree about the Latina folklore dancers prancing in the parks. Where does this happen? I guess I missed that.
I’ll buy them.

vadim November 20, 2015 at 9:57 pm

The Latina Folclorico dancer is a puzzle? To have the image of Latina dancer as a representation of multi-faceted cultural experience found in America’s national parks, on the same coin with old faithful and s buffalo doesn’t look properly designed. Am u missing some info?

a Bob November 21, 2015 at 12:10 am

When will they learn to place the strongest designs in the dollar coin?

Joe November 21, 2015 at 8:47 am

Time for some new talent.

Mike Unser (CoinNews.net) November 21, 2015 at 12:38 pm

There is a public unveiling of the 2016 Mark Twain commemorative coins on Saturday, Nov. 28. The U.S. Mint should have them available by the 27th.

unai November 21, 2015 at 3:47 pm

nowadays coin designs look like pins or stickers…..
will pass

Ozzie November 21, 2015 at 7:37 pm

I fart with more pressure than Old Faithful

Mike November 21, 2015 at 8:22 pm

How does one artistically, present something so vaporous onto something so solid ? This result, leaves one to the imagination. At least the Yellowstone ATB was more tenable.

James Penne November 22, 2015 at 6:43 am

I’m with many so far, I’ve visited most national parks in my life time and I’ve never seen Latin Foik Dancers. I would have thought the United States Park Service could have used or made reference to our Native Americans on whose land some national parks share with them.

Going west in 2016 and visiting some parks again, will keep my eyes open for those Dancers.

Not really impressed with the designs, but being a Coin collector I’ll probably by the proof silver and clad.

Harry November 23, 2015 at 11:39 pm

The obverse designs are pretty lame. Especially the dollar, since it was already done in 1999 with the Yellowstone National Park dollar. The US Mint hit it out of the park with Hall of Fame baseball coins in 2014, but this group of upcoming coins are three strikeouts.

Dave November 24, 2015 at 1:46 pm

Wow! These are really bad. My money will be spent elsewhere.

JONNY March 17, 2016 at 10:39 am

These are horrid designs but my love of national parks means I will probably buy the three coin set that will offer, I hope, the gold, silver proof, and proof clad. One never knows with the Mint, however, if the reasonable or normal action will be what it does. It is indescribably disappointing to wait for a coin only to see it will be a dog. I wonder how many national parks visitors, who do not normally buy coins, will buy these, making the mintage numbers (population) so high that the coins will be worth melt value only?

john March 31, 2016 at 2:11 pm

The design is terrible.

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