Girl Scouts Silver Dollar Designs

One of two commemorative coin programs approved for next year will celebrate the centennial of the Girl Scouts of the United States of America. The Citizens Coinage Advisory Committee recently reviewed obverse and reverse design candidates prepared by the United States Mint and provided their recommendations.

The authorizing legislation for the program offers minimal criteria for the coin designs, stating only “The design of the coins minted under this Act shall be emblematic of the centennial of the Girl Scouts of the United States of America”. Required inscriptions include only the value of the coin, date, “Liberty”, “In God We Trust”, “United States of America”, and “E Pluribus Unum”.

The United States Mint provided elven different obverse design and ten different reverse design candidates. Going into the CCAC meeting, the Girl Scouts of the USA had expressed their preference for obverse design 8 and 9, and reverse design 3. These are shown below.

In their discussions some members of the CCAC spoke favorably about different obverse design candidates, but ultimately design 9, which had been supported by the GSUSA, received the most votes. For the reverse, support seemed to quickly coalesce around design candidate 6. This features the same logo as the design supported by the GSUSA, but in a more modern design that would utilize frosted and mirrored fields. The obverse and reverse designs recommended by the CCAC are shown below.

You can read in depth coverage of the CCAC discussions and see images of all of the design candidates in this Coin Update News article.

I do not believe that the Commission of Fine Arts has had a chance to review the design candidates yet. The final designs will be selected by the Secretary of the Treasury, taking into consideration the recommendations of the CFA, CCAC, and Girl Scouts of the United States of America.

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  1. Louis says

    I think the recommended designs are good, not spectacular, but decent. And I am glad there are no boys! Many people forget the specific reason a girl was on the Boy Scouts coin. It was not to be PC but because there is a program (can’t think of the name) that allows girl scouts to work together with boy scouts. Anyway, men have appeared on most U.S. coins apart from those with iconic images of Liberty. Good to have some real women and girls.

  2. VA Bob says

    Louis – Venture program your thinking of.

    I don’t know…. I like the one with the action on it. The three faces are boringly OK. I prefer the action… it shows what they do. Why all the PC crap all the time?

    AFAIK Venturers don’t call themselves Boy Scouts. The program is relatively new as far as the Boy Scouts go. There was no need for that design, but that canoe has sailed.

    As the girl scouts go, might as well put a cookie on the coin, that’s what most people associate them with today anyway. Why not screw up another American institution with a misleading design?

  3. ClevelandRocks says

    Venture program? That was PC crap.
    The coin was supposed to commemorate 100 yrs of scouting, not some obscure program from the 1990s.

  4. old folkie says

    The profiles are boring and the reverse uninspired. Sorry, I don’t get it, the reverse is so bad I’ll pass on the entire thing. And the CAC thinks the reverse is great and the profile obverse is very good, I’m feeling at a total loss, the boy scout and girl scout coins are both disappointments compared to what they could have been, and what they could have communicated. Dead presidents profiles, and more profiles, where is some substance, ideals, history, or art for that matter.

  5. george glazener says

    Let’s see here; 2013 Commemorative Coin Ideas.

    How about the 150th Anniversary of the Battle of Gettysburg? (or Vicksburg?)
    How about the 50th Anniversary of JFK’s assassination?
    How about the 175th Anniversary of the Trail of Tears tragedy?
    How about the 100th Anniversary of the Federal Income Tax? (this coin will come to you broken in half, someone else gets the other half).
    How about the 100th Anniversary of Charlie Chaplin beginning his film career?

  6. VA Ron says

    I agree with George. Why not some more varied commemorative coins. I personally am getting quite tired of military commemorative coins. Not that I have anything against the military, but unless you applaud the notion of the USA as a garrison state, I can’t see why the modern military (or quasi-military like the Marshall’s service) should be on almost every coin. Charlie Chaplin would be a welcome counterpoint.

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