(Washington, D.C.)—Today, the United States Mint released three commemorative coins to celebrate Boys Town’s 100 years of service to children and families.
“This is such an exciting time at Boys Town as we release the designs of these symbolic coins,” said Father Steven Boes, Boys Town national executive director. “These coins will help us commemorate and celebrate the outstanding work that has been done by our organization over the last 100 years.”
The Mint will issue a maximum of 50,000 five-dollar gold, 350,000 one-dollar silver, and 300,000 half-dollar clad coins with designs that represent Boys Town and its rich history. Founded in 1917, Boys Town is one of the largest nonprofit childcare organizations in the country and serves 500,000 thousand children each year.
Pricing for the coins, which is as follows, includes surcharges that are authorized to be paid to Boys Town to carry out its cause of caring for and assisting children and families in underserved communities across America:
- Boys Town Centennial Proof $5 gold coin (17CA), $400.45
- Boys Town Centennial Uncirculated $5 gold coin (17CB), $395.45
- Boys Town Centennial Proof silver dollar (17CC), $47.95
- Boys Town Centennial Uncirculated silver dollar (17CD), $46.95
- Boys Town Centennial Proof clad half dollar (17CE), $21.95
- Boys Town Centennial Uncirculated clad half dollar (17CF), $20.95
- Boys Town Centennial three-coin Proof set (17CG), $461.45
Senator Deb Fisher, Congressman Jeff Fortenberry, Congressman Adrian Smith, former congressman Lee Terry, and former congressman Brad Ashford attended the ceremony in Washington announcing the coin release to the public.
The gold $5 coins feature a portrait of Father Edward Flanagan on the obverse, and on the reverse, a young oak tree growing from an acorn, which stands for the potential in each child helped by Boys Town to grow into a productive citizen. The obverse of the silver $1 coins depict a young girl sitting alone and gazing upward into the branches of an oak tree for help; the coin’s reverse also depicts an oak tree, offering shelter and a sense of belonging to the family holding hands below it. The clad half dollar’s obverse shows a boy holding the hand of his younger brother and walking toward Father Flanagan’s home in 1917; the reverse of the coin depicts a present-day Boys Town neighborhood of homes where children are educated and nurtured by caring families (see the CBS video story below).
The Boys Town Centennial Commemorative Coin Act (Public Law 114-30) was passed by the House of Representatives and the Senate of the United States to celebrate and honor Father Edward J. Flanagan’s Boys’ Home’s 100th anniversary, which will take place on December 12, 2017. The bill was presented to President Obama and signed into law on July 6, 2015.
About Boys Town
For 100 years, Boys Town has been a beacon of hope for America’s children and families through its life-changing youth care and health care programs. In 2016, almost 500,000 children and families across the United States were impacted by Boys Town programs. This includes those who received services from Boys Town’s residential programs as well as those served by the many varied programs that comprise the Boys Town Integrated Continuum of Child and Family Services, including In-Home Family Services, health care services provided by Boys Town National Research Hospital and the Boys Town National Hotline. You can find more information about Boys Town online at www.Boystown.org.
On December 25, 2016, CBS Sunday Morning featured the following story on Boys Town and the work it carries out today:
This post is based on a March 9, 2017, press release from Boys Town.