At noon ET today, March 24, the United States Mint will accept orders for $5 gold, $1 silver and 50c clad coins celebrating the 100th Anniversary of the National Park Service (NPS).
Pricing of the new collectible products range from $20.95 to $466.45, across seven different options. This includes a three-coin proof set and six individual coins in collector qualities of proof and uncirculated.
National Park Service Commemorative Coin Designs
Final design selections for the 2016 National Park Service Commemorative Coins were unveiled in November 2015 at a ceremony held at the U.S. Department of the Interior in Washington, DC. The Department of the Interior oversees the National Park Service, which was created in 1916 and today oversees more than 400 parks throughout the United States and its territories. Images of the coins were then published in December.
2016 $5 NPS 100th Anniversary Gold Coin
United States Mint Sculptor-Engraver Don Everhart designed and sculpted the obverse (heads side) image found on the $5 National Park Service Gold Coin. It features side profile portraits of John Muir and Theodore Roosevelt, two individuals most closely associated with the creation of the national park system. Inscriptions include LIBERTY, 2016, and IN GOD WE TRUST.
The reverse (tails side) offers the NPS logo along with the inscriptions of UNITED STATES OF AMERICA, E PLURIBUS UNUM, and $5. Don Everhart also designed and sculpted the reverse.
2016 NPS 100th Anniversary Silver Dollar
One of the park service’s most iconic features is showcased on the obverse of the commemorative silver dollar. Yellowstone National Park’s Old Faithful geyser is seen along with a buffalo. LIBERTY, NATIONAL PARK SERVICE CENTENNIAL, IN GOD WE TRUST, and 1916-2016 complete the design which was created and sculpted by United States Mint Sculptor-Engraver Joseph Menna.
A Latina Folklórico dancer is found on the reverse of the $1 coin to signify the multi-cultural experiences available within the park system. The NPS logo is also a part of the design with HERITAGE, CULTURE, and PRIDE joining the standard inscriptions of UNITED STATES OF AMERICA, E PLURIBUS UNUM, and $1. The reverse was designed by Artistic Infusion Program (AIP) artist Chris Costello and sculpted by United States Mint Sculptor-Engraver Jim Licaretz.
2016 50c NPS 100th Anniversary Clad Coin
AIP artist Barbara Fox designed the obverse of the 50c coin with sculpting by United States Mint Sculptor-Engraver Michael Gaudioso. Celebrating the diversity and breadth of the NPS system, it showcases a hiker discovering the majesty of the wilderness and a small child discovering a frog hiding in ferns. Inscriptions include LIBERTY, 2016, IN GOD WE TRUST, 1916, and NATIONAL PARK SERVICE.
The reverse depicts the NPS logo along with the inscriptions of UNITED STATES OF AMERICA, E PLURIBUS UNUM, HALF DOLLAR, STEWARDSHIP, and RECREATION. This design was created by AIP artist Thomas Hipschen and sculpted by United States Mint Sculptor-Engraver Charles L. Vickers.
Mint Marks, Mintages and Product Prices
All four United States Mint production facilities participated in making the NPS commemorative coins. The $5 gold coins are from the West Point Mint (denoted with a ‘W’ mintmark), the silver dollars are from Philadelphia (P), the uncirculated half-dollar is from Denver (D) and the proof half-dollar is from San Francisco (S).
|Product||Mintages||Introductory Price||Regular Price|
|Proof $5 Gold Coin||100,000||$400.45 (may vary; reg. price +$5)|
|Uncirculated $5 Gold Coin||$395.45 (may vary; reg. price +$5)|
|Proof Silver Dollar||500,000||$45.95||$50.95|
|Uncirculated Silver Dollar||$44.95||$49.95|
|Proof Clad Half-Dollar||750,000||$21.95||$25.95|
|Uncirculated Clad Half-Dollar||$20.95||$24.95|
|Three-Coin Proof Set||15,000||$466.45 (may vary)|
Introductory pricing ends on April 25, 2016, at 3 p.m. ET. Orders placed after that time will be at regular pricing. Pricing for the gold coins and the three coin-set may vary each week based on fluctuations in the gold market. The silver and clad commemorative pricing will remain as shown in the chart above.
As mandated by their authorizing law, surcharge amounts of $35 for each gold coin, $10 for each silver dollar, and $5 for each half-dollar are included in the above pricing. Funds collected are to be used to preserve and protect resources under the stewardship of the NPS and promote public enjoyment and appreciation of these resources.
Orders for the 2016 National Park Service Commemorative Coins are accepted at the the U.S. Mint’s online store via:
Orders are also accepted at 1-800-USA-MINT (872-6468). Hearing and speech-impaired customers with TTY equipment may order at 1-888-321-MINT.
The following tables offer specifications for the NPS coins:
|Weight:||8.359 grams nominal|
|Composition:||90% gold, 10% alloy|
|Mintage Limit:||100,000 across all product options|
|Diameter:||.850 inch (±0.003) or 21.59 mm (±0.08)|
|Mint Marks:||‘W’ for West Point – Proof and Uncirculated|
|Weight:||26.730 grams nominal|
|Composition:||90% silver, 10% copper|
|Mintage Limit:||500,000 across all product options|
|Diameter:||1.500 inches (±0.003) or 38.10 mm (±0.08)|
|Mint Marks:||‘P’ for Philadelphia – Proof and Uncirculated|
|Weight:||11.340 grams nominal (± 0.454)|
|Composition:||92% copper, 8% nickel|
|Mintage Limit:||750,000 across all product options|
|Diameter:||1.205 inches (±0.002) or 30.61 mm (±0.05)|
|Mint Marks:||‘D’ for Denver, Uncirculated;
‘S’ for San Francisco Mint, Proof
The coins were authorized by Congress under Public Law 113-291.