2016 National Park Quarters
In 2016, the United States Mint continued the America the Beautiful Quarters Program, unveiling five new designs that celebrated the nation's exceptional National Parks and other significant sites, highlighting the diverse beauty and rich history of the United States. The first quarter of 2016 honored Shawnee National Forest in Illinois, featuring a close-up view of Camel Rock with natural vegetation and a red-tailed hawk soaring overhead, representing the forest's distinctive geological features and diverse wildlife. The second quarter paid tribute to Cumberland Gap National Historical Park in Kentucky, showcasing a frontiersman gazing across the rugged terrain, symbolizing early American pioneers and their westward journey through the gap. The third quarter celebrated Harpers Ferry National Historical Park in West Virginia, depicting John Brown's Fort, a prominent site during the Civil War and the abolitionist John Brown's raid, reflecting the park's historical significance in the nation's struggle for freedom and equality. The fourth quarter, commemorating Theodore Roosevelt National Park in North Dakota, featured an image of the young President Roosevelt on horseback, highlighting his passion for conservation and his role in preserving the nation's natural resources. Finally, the fifth quarter issued in 2016 honored Fort Moultrie at Fort Sumter National Monument in South Carolina, showcasing Sergeant William Jasper returning the regimental flag amid British bombardment, symbolizing courage and resilience during the Revolutionary War. These quarters were minted in limited quantities, captivating collectors and the general public while fostering a deeper appreciation for the nation's natural beauty and historic landmarks.