The Reverse side depicts a pair of grazing American bison in the foreground with a sunset view of the rugged buttes and canyons that help define the State’s Badlands region in the background. The coin’s design also bears the inscriptions North Dakota and 1889.
President Theodore Roosevelt founded the United States Forest Service and signed the Antiquities Act in 1906, which was designed to preserve and protect unspoiled places such as his beloved North Dakota Badlands, now known as Theodore Roosevelt National Park. Herds of American Bison thundered across the Badlands through the 1860s. The park is now home to more than 400 wild buffalo, an animal once on the brink of extinction.