2010 Boy Scouts Commemorative Coins

Commemorative silver dollars celebrating the centennial start of the Boy Scouts of America (BSA) are slated to be launched by the United States Mint on March 23, 2010, at noon ET. Several designs for the coins were created, submitted for review, and the following two were selected for the obverse (tails side) and reverse of the silver dollars:

2010 Boy Scouts of American Centennial Commemorative Coin - Proof Version (Click to Enlarge)

February 8th is considered the day of founding for the organization, and the legislation approving the coin stipulates sales could not begin until February 8, 2010. They may be sold until January 1, 2011, although the coins are expected to sell out long before then.

Boy Scouts Silver Silver Dollar Specifications

According to the law (Public Law 110-363) requiring and authorizing the dollar coins, up to 350,000 are to be struck from an alloy consisting of 90% silver and 10% copper. Each will weigh 26.73 grams and have a diameter of 1.5 inches.

There are two versions. Both are highly detailed, with deep strikes. The proof version, shown on the beginning of this page, has a mirror like surface and other brilliant characteristics. The uncirculated version, shown directly below, has a special satin finish. Both types are struck for coin collectors, with extra care placed in their creation and packaging, as compared to the normally circulating coins seen in daily change.

The design of the coins are "emblematic of the 100 years of the largest youth organization in United States, the Boy Scouts of America."

Also, every coin shows its value as well as the inscriptions ’2010′, ‘Liberty’, ‘In God We Trust’, ‘United States of America’, and ‘E Pluribus Unum.’

2010 Boy Scouts of American Centennial Commemorative Coin - Uncirculated Version (Click to Enlarge)

These coins, while standard in their composition and weight for a commemorative, are unique in the fact of their subject matter and the swarm of potential buyers they bring to the coin collecting community.

It is estimated that almost 2.8 million youth members alone belong to the Boy Scouts of America (BSA). Add in the million plus adult members and the numbers approach 4 million active participants. And that does not take into account millions more who were a part of the organization in the past, who will eagerly race to buy one or more of the coins.

The legislation includes a surcharge of $10 to be added to the sale of each coin. The additional amount raised by the surcharge is to be forwarded to the Boy Scouts of America Foundation to serve Scouts in hard-to-serve areas. As up to 350,000 coins will be produced, the foundation could receive up to $3.5 million.

Order Information and Pricing

When available at noon ET on March 23, each coin may be ordered directly from the United States Mint Web site, and their toll-free number 1-800-USA-MINT (872-6468).

Introductory pricing is available at $33.95 for the uncirculated coins and $39.95 for the proof coins. After April 22, if they are still available, prices will increase to $35.95 for uncirculated coins and $43.95 for proofs.

The Boy Scouts of American Centennial Commemorative Coin Act

Rep Pete Sessions [R-TX] introduced a bill on April 22, 2008. The bill, named H.R. 5872: The Boy Scouts of American Centennial Commemorative Coin Act, initiated the process of creating a commemorative coin in honor of the 100th anniversary of the start of the Boy Scouts of America. In doing so, Sessions stated:

"Boy Scouts are a significant part of American culture, shaping the values, citizenship, and skills of millions of young men," Sessions stated. "As an Eagle Scout with four generations of Boy Scouts in my family, I strongly value the Boy Scouts’ history of instilling a sense of duty to God, country, and self."

The bill received an overwhelming majority of support in the House and had 296 co-sponsors. On May 15th of 2008, a vote was held and over 400 representatives gave their consent, forwarding the bill to the Senate.

Senator Jeff Sessions [R-AL] introduced companion legislation in the Senate as well. However, it was H.R. 5872 that was eventually taken up, and then unanimously passed in the Senate on September 27, 2008.

President Bush Signs Boy Scout Coin into Public Law 110-363

Having received the legislation passed by both the House and Senate, President George W. Bush signed the Boy Scouts of America Centennial Commemorative Coin Act on October 8, 2008. Now law, the process of coin design could be initiated which would lead to the minting of the coins in 2010.

Representative Sessions, who had originally introduced the bill, had this to say upon its signing by the President:

“From conservation to character building, the Boy Scouts’ 100th Anniversary celebrates the highest Scouting ideals of helping others and making communities stronger. I believe that a commemorative coin will be an important and influential symbol for Scouts of all ages and raising awareness of the importance of Scouting programs for future generations.

Senate Sponsor Jeff Sessions said:

“Scouting has been a positive influence on millions of young men across the country. This coin will help recognize the positive contributions that Scouting has made in the development of so many young men in our country.”

2010 Boy Scouts Silver Coin Designs

The US Mint created 17 obverse and 5 reverse designs for consideration. These were submitted to the Commission of Fine Arts (CFA) and the Citizens Coinage Advisory Committee (CCAC) — the two organizations responsible with reviewing US coinage design and medals. The five coins designs recommended, and the reason why follow (look above for the final two that were selected by the Secretary of the Treasury, who is responsible for making the final decision):

Boy Scouts Obverse Coin Design BSA-O-04 - Click to Enlarge Boy Scouts Obverse Coin Design BSA-O-06 - Click to Enlarge Boy Scouts Obverse Coin Design BSA-O-08 - Click to Enlarge Boy Scouts Reverse Coin Design BSA-R-04 - Click to Enlarge Boy Scouts Reverse Coin Design BSA-R-05 - Click to Enlarge

In a letter dated June 25, 2009, the CFA expressed overall dissatisfaction with the submitted designs, but did make recommendations to the United States Mint Director Edmund Moy.

Two obverse designs, designated above as BSA-O-04 and BSA-O-06, were selected as the favorites from the group.

"BSA-O-04 is particularly clear and straightforward without extraneous elements, and that alternative BSA-O-06 uses a more classical composition with profile portraits," said Luebke.

The CFA favored a representation of the scouts logo for the reverse of the coin, designated as BSA-R-05 suggesting it was graphically the strongest. Members did discourage the use of text on scrolls which was used on three of the reverse designs, and noted the importance of developing "an appropriate graphic design distinction between the commemorative subject-related text and the general coinage-related text."

The CCAC met on June 29, 2009 where the scout coins was discussed. The Committee selected BSA-O-08 as the obverse design. It depicts a scout from 100 years ago helping a modern day Scout on a mountain climb.

"Several individuals expressed concern about the accuracy of some details as rendered on some designs; specifically, the scouts’ tools, uniforms, awards, and patches on the obverse and the slogan on the reverse," stated a CCAC memo outlining the public meeting that was held in Colorado Springs to review the designs.

"Ms Budow [Kaarina Budow from the US Mint] indicated that the United States Mint would work with the Boy Scouts of America to ensure the accuracy of whichever designs were chosen."

The reverse design selected, BSA-R-04, shows the Boy Scout emblem.

Boy Scouts of America

Founded on February 8, 1910 the Boy Scouts of America (http://www.scouting.org/) has had an estimated 110 million Americans as members since its inception. Even today, an estimated 4 million people are active participants in the organization.

According to their website:

The mission of the Boy Scouts of America 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.

The Scout Oath states:

On my honor I will do my best to do my duty to God and my country and to obey the Scout Law;
To help other people at all times; To keep myself physically strong, mentally awake, and morally straight.

And the Scout Law dictates:

A Scout is "Trustworthy, Loyal, Helpful, Friendly, Courteous, Kind, Obedient, Cheerful, Thrifty, Brave, Clean, and Reverent."