On September 22, 2012, the design selections for the 2013 Girl Scouts of the USA Centennial Silver Dollar were announced. The commemorative coin program is authorized under Public Law 111-86, enacted on October 29, 2009.
The requirements within the authorizing legislation call for the design to be “emblematic of the centennial of the Girl Scouts of the United States of America”. The United States Mint provided eleven obverse and ten reverse design candidates to the Commission of Fine Arts (CFA) and Citizens Coinage Advisory Committee (CCAC) for review and recommendation. (Here you can find coverage of the reviews and recommendations from the CFA and CCAC which includes images of all design candidates.) There was also consultation with the Girl Scouts of the USA (GSUSA).
The final design selections were made by the Secretary of the Treasury after taking into account the recommendations of the CFA, CCAC, and GSUSA.
The obverse design carries portraits of three girls, intended to represent the different ages and diversity of the Girl Scouts of the USA. Key elements of the Girl Scouts mission statement “Courage”, “Confidence”, and “Character” appear above. The 100th anniversary Trefoil symbol appears below, along with additional inscriptions “2013”, “In God We Trust”, and “Liberty”. The obverse was designed by Barbara Fox and will be executed by Phebe Hemphill.
The reverse design features the iconic trefoil/profiles symbol of the Girl Scouts of the USA. Inscriptions include “United States of America”, “E Pluribus Unum”, “Girl Scouts”, and “$1”. The reveres was designed by Chris Costello and will be executed by Joseph Menna.
Prior to review by the CFA and CCAC, the GSUSA had expressed their preference for the two obverse and one reverse designs pictured above. The obverse which was ultimately selected was among the preferences, but the reverse featured an alternate take on the trefoil/profiles symbol.
Both the CFA and CCAC recommended the obverse and reverse designs that were ultimately selected by the Treasury Secretary. In providing their recommendations, the CCAC and CFA had also proposed that the initial phrase on the obverse “100 Years of Girl Scouts” should be replaced with “Courage, Confidence, Character” and the number “100” should be placed within the trefoil on the obverse. Both of these recommendations were followed. Also, there was some modification to the appearance of the oldest girl’s hair, which seems to have been prompted by comments during the CCAC review. On the reverse, the CFA recommended replacing the initial inscription “100 Years” with “Girl Scouts”. This recommendation was also followed.
The 2013 Girl Scouts Silver Dollars will have a maximum authorized mintage of 350,000 pieces. The coins will have the standard specifications for commemorative silver dollars, including a composition of 90% silver, 10% copper, weight of 26.73 grams, and diameter of 1.5 inches. The coins are expected to be released in early 2013.
There are more than 3.7 million members of the Girl Scouts of the USA, which is part of a family of 10 million members of the World Association of Girl Guides and Girl Scouts. Additionally, there are more than 50 million American women who were members during their childhood.