The United States Mint will begin sales of the 2013 Girl Scouts of the USA Silver Dollars tomorrow February 28, 2013 at 12:00 Noon ET. This is the first of two commemorative coin programs authorized by Congress for this year.
The program was authorized under Public Law 111-86 to celebrate the 100th anniversary of the Girl Scouts of the United States of America. The program includes a silver dollar available in proof and uncirculated versions.
The obverse design of the coin features a depiction of three girls intended to represent the different ages and diversity of the Girl Scouts of the USA. An inscription above includes “Courage, Confidence, Character” which are three key elements of the mission statement. A 100th anniversary Trefoil symbol appears below with the inscriptions “2013”, “In God We Trust”, and “Liberty”. The obverse was designed by Barbara Fox and engraved by Phebe Hemphill.
On the reverse is the iconic profiles of the Girl Scouts of the USA with inscriptions “United States of America”, “E Pluribus Unum”, “$1”, and “Girl Scouts”. The reverse was designed by Chris Costello and engraved by Joseph Menna.
These designs were selected by the Secretary of the Treasury following consultation with the Girl Scouts of the USA, the CFA, and the CCAC. Originally there had been a slate of eleven different obverse and ten different reverse designs considered.
The 2013 Girl Scouts of the USA Silver Dollars are struck in 90% silver and 10% copper with a weight of 26.73 grams and diameter of 1.500 inches. Each coin contains 0.7736 troy ounces of silver content.
Pricing for the coins will be $54.95 for the individual proof silver dollar and $50.95 for the individual uncirculated silver dollar during an introductory period. After March 29, 2013 at 5:00 PM ET, regular pricing of $59.95 for the proofs and $55.95 for the uncirculated coins will go into effect.
The US Mint has indicated that a special Young Collectors Set will be available later in the year, which will be limited to production of 50,000 units. The price and release date for this set are not yet known. A maximum mintage of 350,000 coins has been established across all product options.
The second commemorative coin program authorized for this year will honor the 5-Star Generals of the United States Army. Coins issued under the program will include $5 gold coins, silver dollars, and clad half dollars in proof and uncirculated versions. The release date has been scheduled for March 21, 2013.
Numismatic Gold and Platinum Product Prices Increased
Despite recently lower precious metals prices, the US Mint increased prices for available gold and platinum numismatic products today. The increases were the result of the adoption of a new pricing grid, as discussed in this previous post.
The price of the 2012 Proof Platinum Eagle was increased from $1,892 to $2,000. The price for proof 2012 First Spouse Gold Coins was increased from $979 to $1,015. The price for the uncirculated 2012 First Spouse Gold Coins was increased from $966 to $995.
The notice within the Federal Register had indicated that the revised pricing grid was “for 2013 gold and platinum products.” However, it appears that the grid will also apply to 2012 gold and platinum products. I had been trying to obtain clarification from the Mint whether or not this would be the case, but despite repeated inquiries I could not receive any clarification in advance.
This year, the US Mint has now announced or implemented price increases for all gold, silver, and platinum numismatic products, with the exception of the silver composition annual sets. These increases come despite precious metals prices which are lower compared to the year ago period and the relatively healthy net margins under the old pricing.
There has been only one price increase announced for a non-precious metal product.