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TRNP Quarter Released on National Park Service's 100 Year Anniversary
You would've thought it was a concert. On-lookers on the floor, people standing because no more chairs were left and folks taking pictures. "It's a rock and roll star," Kevin Cramer, North Dakota congressman, said with a smile when describing the Theodore Roosevelt National Park. "It's a country music star. It's a Broadway musical. It is in of itself an event." The star of the show today was not Kenny Chesney or Garth Brooks...it was a quarter. The America the Beautiful Quarter is the fourth quarter out of five to be released by the United States Mint this year and the Theodore Roosevelt National Park was selected to be featured on the quarter--even more special --it was released on the National Park Service's 100 year anniversary. "It's also significant in that Theodore Roosevelt is on the quarter," Park Ranger Eileen Andes said. Andes says it was a no brainer to put the 26th president of the United States on the back of the coin. "We felt that it was really important to have an image of Theodore Roosevelt on the Theodore Roosevelt National Park quarter" Stephanie Roth stood in this long line to get her hands on the newly released coin. She says it's an honor to be among the first group of people to get one. "I'm thrilled about it and the quarter is beautiful," Roth said. Daniel Bauer collects coins. He bought 100 dollars worth. "I'll probably give some to my kids as gifts and I'll save some for myself," Bauer said. And what would an event about Theodore Roosevelt and the park be without the man himself. "I am humbled by what I've seen here today at this commemoration of the 100th anniversary of the National Park system and the introduction of the quarter with my likeness upon it," Theodore Roosevelt Impersonator Arch Ellwein said. Children under the age of 18 were able to get a free quarter and it's safe to say they were pretty excited to meet the president too. The United States Mint America the Beautiful Quarters Program is a multi-year intiative that started in 2010 honoring 56 national sites in each of the 50 states, the District of Columbia and the five U.S territories