Today, March 13, 2015 at 12:00 Noon ET, the United States Mint will begin sales of the 2015 March of Dimes Silver Dollars. The coins are issued to recognize and celebrate the 75th anniversary of the establishment of the March of Dimes Foundation.
The commemorative coin program was authorized under Public Law 112-209 and provides for up to 500,000 coins to be minted and issued across proof and uncirculated versions. Under the law, the designs are to be emblematic of the mission and programs of the March of Dimes, and its distinguished record of generating Americans’ support to protect our children’s health.
The selected obverse design for the silver dollar is intended to represent the past of the foundation. It carries profile portraits of President Franklin D. Roosevelt and Dr. Jonas Salk, two leaders in the fight against polio. The inscriptions are “Liberty”, “In God We Trust”, and “2015”. The obverse was designed by Paul C. Balan and engraved by Michael Gaudioso.
The reverse design is intended to represent the foundation’s current dedication to the health of babies everywhere. It depicts a baby cuddled in the hand of a parent. The inscriptions are “United States of America”, “E Pluribus Unum”, “$1”, and “March of Dimes”. The reverse was designed and engraved by Don Everhart.
The United States Mint had initially prepared 22 different obverse and 18 different reverse design candidates for the program. In addition to depictions of President Roosevelt, Dr. Salk, and babies, some candidates had included images of Mercury Dimes and Roosevelt Dimes associated with the organization’s fundraising efforts. View all design candidates here.
During the design review phase, the Citizens Coinage Advisory Committee (CCAC) had recommended the selected obverse, but an alternate reverse depicting a mother cradling a baby in her arms. The Commission of Fine Arts (CFA) had recommended an alternative obverse carrying an image of Dr. Jonas Salk, a 1946 Roosevelt Dime, and a dime fundraising card. For the reverse they had recommended an alternate design showing a dime being inserted into a collection card slot and a pair of leg braces and shoes. Find coverage of the CCAC and CFA recommendations here and here.
Under the authorizing legislation, the Secretary of the Treasury had the final authority to select the designs for the coin, following consultation with the March of Dimes and Commission of Fine Arts and review by the Citizens Coinage Advisory Committee.
The 2015 March of Dimes Silver Dollars are available in proof and uncirculated versions. The proof version is struck at the West Point Mint and carries the “W” mint mark. The uncirculated version is struck at the Philadelphia Mint and carries the “P” mint mark. Each coin is struck in 90% silver with a weight of 26.73 grams and diameter of 1.500 inches. The maximum mintage is 500,000 across both proof and uncirculated versions.
The silver dollars are initially available under introductory pricing of $46.95 for the proof and $43.95 for the uncirculated coin. After April 13, 2015 at 3:00 PM ET, regular pricing of $51.95 for the proof and $48.95 for the uncirculated coin will go into effect.
A special set containing the proof silver dollar and two specially produced 90% silver Roosevelt Dimes will be offered for sale on May 4, 2015. This set carries a product limit of 75,000 units and an ordering limit of 5 units per household. Additional information on the special set can be found here.
The prices for all 2015 March of Dimes Commemorative Silver Dollars include a surcharge of $10 per coin. These surcharges are distributable to the March of Dimes to help finance research, education, and services aimed at improving the health of women, infants, and children.