Today the United States Mint has unveiled the designs for the upcoming 2010 Boy Scouts Silver Dollar Commemorative Coin. The coins will be issued to mark the centennial of the founding of the Boy Scouts of America.
The obverse of the coin depicts a Cub Scout, Boy Scout, and female Venturer saluting. Inscriptions include “Continuing the Journey”, the centennial dates “1910” and “2010”, “In God We Trust”, and “Liberty”. The obverse was designed by Donna Weaver and engraved by Charles Vickers.
The reverse design features the universal emblem of the Boy Scouts of America. Inscriptions include “United States of America”, “Boy Scouts of America”, “Be Prepared”, “E Pluribus Unum”, and “One Dollar”. The reverse was engraved by Jim Licaretz.
Other design candidates for the obverse had included an image of a scout and advisor on a rock ledge, and a scout in original 1910 uniform extending a hand to a scout in the modern uniform. The Commission of Fine Arts had supported the selected design as well as the scout and advisor design. The Citizens Coinage Advisory Committee had favored the design depicting the scout in original uniform helping the scout in modern uniform. The final design selection was made by US Secretary of the Treasury Timothy Geithner. You can see pictures of the alternate designs in this post covering upcoming commemorative coins.
The commemorative coin program was authorized under by H.R. 5872 Boy Scouts of America Centennial Commemorative Coin Act, which became Public Law 110-363. The program provides for the production of up to 350,000 $1 silver coins in proof and uncirculated versions. General requirements on the design were provided, “The design of the coins minted under this Act shall be emblematic of the 100 years of the largest youth organization in United States, the Boy Scouts of America.”
The release date for the coins has not yet been announced, although the authorizing legislation states that the coins may be issued on or after February 8, 2010 until the end of the year. The other commemorative coin program for 2010 will be the American Veterans Disabled for Life Silver Dollar.