Contributing to the celebration of the 100th anniversary of the the Boy Scouts of America (BSA) are collectible proof and uncirculated Boy Scouts Commemorative Coins struck by the United States Mint.
Authorized by the Boy Scouts of America Centennial Commemorative Coin Act (Public Law 110-363), which former President Bush signed into law on October 8, 2008, a maximum of 350,000 silver dollar coins will be issued by the U.S. Mint beginning on March 23, 2010.
The Mint will offer the coins at a discount, as it does often with commemorative coins:
|Boy Scouts of America Centennial Silver Dollar Prices|
|Proof Silver Dollar||$39.95||$43.95|
|Uncirculated Silver Dollar||$33.95||$35.95|
They will be available at an introductory prices through April 22, 2010, when each will be offered at regular pricing. However, anyone interested in buying the BSA coins should make their purchase as soon as possible. Many expect these coins to sell out, despite their relatively large 350,000 mintage.
Commemorative Coin Designs
The obverse, or heads side, of each coin depicts a Cub Scout in the foreground with a Boy Scout and female Venturer in the background saluting. Inscriptions include CONTINUING THE JOURNEY, 1910, 2010, IN GOD WE TRUST and LIBERTY. It was designed by Artistic Infusion Program Master Designer Donna Weaver and engraved by US Mint Sculptor-Engraver Charles Vickers.
"This design represents the Boy Scouts of America of today, as the organization has recognized the need to include other programs for younger boys (cub scouts) and older boys and girls (venturers), reflecting the great diversity of our nation," the U.S. Mint Web site states. "It is a dramatic representation of how the Boy Scouts of America has evolved over the past century to form a strong foundation of leadership, service, and community for all the youth of America."
The reverse, or tails side, includes the Boy Scout emblem as engraved by United States Mint Sculptor-Engraver Jim Licaretz. Inscriptions include PREPARED, E PLURIBUS UNUM and ONE DOLLAR.
BSA Coin Specifications
Both proof and uncirculated coins have a diameter of 1.500 inches, or 38.100 mm, and are minted with a nominal weight of 27.730 grams. They contain 90% silver and 10% copper.
When released at noon ET on March 23, the coins may be purchased directly from the United States Mint Web site at http://usmint.gov/.
Orders can also be placed (also when the coins are released) by calling 1-800-USA-MINT (872-6468). Hearing and speech-impaired customers with TTY equipment may call 1-888-321-MINT (6468).
There will likely be a household order limit in place, but the Mint has yet to make an announcement of how many.
Boy Scouts of America Information
Founded on February 8, 1910, the Boy Scouts of America has had an estimated 111 million Americans as members since its inception. Even today, an estimated 4 million people are active participants in the organization. Annually, scouts and their leaders volunteer over 35 million hours of service to their communities through more than 75,000 service projects.
The mission of the BSA is "to prepare young people to make ethical and moral choices over their lifetimes by instilling in them the values of the Scout Oath and Law."
$10 surcharges for each coin sold will be paid to the National Boy Scouts of America Foundation, with funds made available in the form of grants for the extension of Scouting in hard to serve areas.