2013 Girl Scouts Silver Dollar

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.

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  1. Fosnock says

    @DCDave – Funny comment at least I hope your trying to be funny. I like the design definitely superior than the boy scout design

  2. says

    The design is looking pretty good right now, though I’ll reserve judgement until I see how it looks on the actual coin. I’m not quite sure how that reverse will turn out, though it could be very good if they do it right.

  3. Zaz says

    The “safe” obverse is rather bland looking, the activity scene that wasn’t chosen might have made for a far more attractive coin. The reverse is far better than the obverse. But then again, the selection process is hardly ever about excellence in medallic/coinage art, but is politically motivated. The US MInt isn’t like the EU with exciting, innovative coinage designs. Numismatically, it won’t be a must have except for modern commem completists and the organization’s adherents.

  4. Art says

    Hmm… No boy. I guess the Girl Scouts do not represent “great diversity of our nation” like the Boy Scouts do.

  5. Dave_2 says

    I have to admit — I AGREE, where is the boy? You know, I get tired of the feminist movement demonizing men, everytime a women/girl is not included in a club, organization, etc cetera. Anyway, the movement always standing up and screaming for equal treatment. BUT be careful — if men start demanding their rights and equal treatment, we will be viewed as “Pigs.” So, having said such –WHERE IS THE “BOY?” !!!!!! The NERVE!

  6. Eddie says

    I agree with CaptainOverkill. The reverse if done right could really look great. I am just concerned about the obverse if they get the “shading” right it would look very good but I don’t think they will get the obverse right. It looks a hell of a lot better than the other one.

  7. DCDave says

    The Franklin Mint’s Norman Rockwell 1977 Girl Scout commemorative coins had nicer obverses. The reverse is nice since it is a standard GS logo, but the “$1” looks silly. Were they trying to make the “$1” look “girly”?

    They should make another Boy Scout coin that they deserve, rather than the PC one that still has former and current Scouts angry at the Mint.

  8. VA Bob says

    Zaz – My feelings exactly on the Obverse and reverse of this coin, but as a completist… I’m in for one of each finish.

  9. DB says

    Passed on the boys (& girls) scouts coin (what a poor design), and will pass on this one. Who’s voting on this crap. Start producing real collectable coins.

  10. ClevelandRocks says

    I think the PC “girl on the Boy Scout coin” pretty much killed any serious interest in Scouting coins from the mint. I’ll stick with the cookies!

  11. says

    The obverses are nice designs. The REVERSE is appallingly simple & bland. I mean really, A LOGO??? Absolutely no imagination here, including the type font used for the inscriptions!

  12. BFN says

    Sorry, no reflection on the GS, but this is a bloody ugly coin, the young girl looks like a character from the Hunchback of Notre dame. We should have done better. I agree, buy the cookies, keep the coin – please!

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