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Scot to be honoured on US coins

Published: 19 Nov 2015 16:51

John Muir to appear on National Park Service commemorative gold coin.

The image of Scottish born conservationist and founder of the US National Parks Service John Muir will appear on commemorative US coins next year.

The special coins will mark the centenary of the National Parks Service in the United States and one of the coins will feature the image of John Muir and former US president Theodore Roosevelt with Yosemite National Park's Half Dome in the background.

Rural Affairs Secretary Richard Lochhead said:

"John Muir's legacy here in Scotland and in the United States is something we must remember and it is a fitting tribute for him to be honoured on a special commemorative coin. The image of him and Theodore Roosevelt with the Yosemite National Park's Half Dome is an iconic illustration of his role as the father of national parks.

"When I met with the National Parks Service in Washington last week it was clear that John Muir's role in their history is widely acknowledged and celebrated in the US. His work is remembered through the John Muir Trail in the Sierra Nevada mountains in California as it is here in Scotland with the John Muir Way.

"I look forward to further discussions about the on-going links between the National Parks here in Scotland and those in the US, particularly as the US service celebrate their centenary next year."

Notes to editors

US Public Law 113-291 authorizes a three-coin program of $5 gold, $1 silver and half-dollar clad coins with designs emblematic of the 100th anniversary of the National Park Service.

Pricing for the National Park Service Commemorative Coins will include surcharges—$35 for each gold coin, $10 for each silver coin, and $5 for each half-dollar clad coin—which are authorized to be paid to the NPF. 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.

The 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 the obverse.

The 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.

The United States Mint will announce the coins' release date and additional pricing information prior to their release in 2016. The commemorative coin is one of many incredible ways to celebrate the 2016 centennial. Find out more at

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