Mint releases Boys Town Centennial commemorative coins

(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.

Coins and literature on a table prior to the release ceremony. (Photo from the official Twitter feed of Rep. Don Bacon, R-Neb.)

Senator Deb Fischer (R-Neb.) takes the podium at today’s Boys Town commemorative release ceremony. (Photo from the official Twitter feed of Sen. Fischer)

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.

Father Edward J. Flanagan. (Photo courtesy of Boys Town)

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.

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  1. Xena says

    Pa Dave – I knew about the Red Dragon of Wales (it’s also on the pound, I collect dragon coins for my son), but also wasn’t aware of all the Beasts until this series started. They have done a great job so far.

    I lost track – did you post about High School Redskins a bit ago? If so, did you go to school there?

  2. Dustyroads says

    Wow, The Loin Queen’s Beasts seller on Ebay in question has sold 35 coins and counting. He’s only asking $20.00 per coin, but advertising them to be .9999 fine.

    Here’s his email address. Everyone should write him and hassle him for his thieving.

    xiangjimengdank@126.com

  3. Joseph says

    Dustyroads says

    99% sure it is a scam. it’s an email address from China. 126.com is a Chinese internet company called neteasy.

    Be careful, folks. no LOL this time.

    March 13, 2017 at 9:00 pm

    Wow, The Loin Queen’s Beasts seller on Ebay in question has sold 35 coins and counting. He’s only asking $20.00 per coin, but advertising them to be .9999 fine.

    Here’s his email address. Everyone should write him and hassle him for his thieving.

    xiangjimengdank@126.com

  4. Barry says

    @Ryan- just read the article. Political instability could disrupt supplies of platinum and palladium sending prices much higher as Russia and S. Africa are the main producers. Gold would be less affected as S. Africa doesn’t produce near the amount it did years ago. Something to keep an eye on for collectors and investors.

  5. Joseph says

    99% sure it is a scam. it’s an email address from China. 126.com is a Chinese internet company called neteasy.

    Be careful, folks. no LOL this time

    Dustyroads says

    March 13, 2017 at 9:00 pm

    Wow, The Loin Queen’s Beasts seller on Ebay in question has sold 35 coins and counting. He’s only asking $20.00 per coin, but advertising them to be .9999 fine.

    Here’s his email address. Everyone should write him and hassle him for his thieving.

  6. Joe M. says

    @ Dustyroads and Numismatrix…
    I’m glad you liked it 🙂
    I hope to read a comment from someone stating they found one too 🙂

  7. Ryan says

    @Barry, rhodium would be affected as well. That’s all good for price but it’s still terrible! South Africa was one of the only stable countries in Africa

  8. Dustyroads says

    Oh my gosh Joe M, me too. Although I’m not holding out much hope that I’ll find anything as nice as that one you’re holding!!

  9. Mr. Kairu says

    Saw people posting about the Krugerrands. Although they are overpriced by A LOT, I was still able to get a few of the uncirculated versions and sold them so that way the one I keep I only have to pay $11 for it. xD But yeah I was very surprised about the prices these were going for. Also as far as govmint goes, I too wish they weren’t the only NA distributors but I have made them work for me in the past with their offerings of silver and gold wedge tailed eagles at spot. I make sure to buy/sell what I can but avoid most of their offerings.

  10. Mint News Blog says

    Regarding the silver krugerrands, some may be interested to know that they can be ordered, using a hard-copy order form and a check, directly from the South African Mint. The bullion coin is 600 rand (US$45.53), and the Proof is 775 rand (US$58.82). I’m working on a blog post for Coin Update on the subject; the SA Mint sent me their order form, but said they don’t yet have the coins in stock. Oddly, nowhere on the form is the shipping cost mentioned. That’s the one question I have remaining — I’ll make the post as soon as I hear back from the sales consultant at Coin World (the name of their retail store, not the magazine).

  11. KC&SO says

    Thanks Mint News Blog,

    You should buy up the remaining stock, sell on here for 10% less than MCM, & then go buy yourself something nice (& expensive).

  12. cagcrisp says

    Thanks Mint News Blog for the information about the Silver Krugerrands.

    $45.53 Directly from the Mint (shipping cost not known) vs. $59.95 from MCM…

  13. KCSO says

    Cag, I submitted an online quote request earlier, we’ll see what comes back, I’ll post shipping if received.

  14. cagcrisp says

    Unless the Fed raises by 50 bp vs. 25 bp, there will NOT be any change in Gold prices tomorrow.

    IF the Fed raises by 50 bp, Look Out Below…(in more than the PM market).

    I Think that is one item that has the stock market concerned. The possibility of a 50 bp raise. I think the Fed is behind the curve and either they need to do 4 rate increases in 2017 OR 1 rate increase needs to be 50 bp. I don’t think it will happen tomorrow, but you have to think it is a possibility…

  15. KCSO says

    So, in the end game, assuming NO black swan events, Trump tweets that start a war, nor hay-wire Euro elections.., would you agree that one can reasonable expect to purchase gold at one’s leisure over the remainder of the year?

  16. KCSO says

    Sounds like to me gold could find itself in the $1,125 to $1,1,50 range before $1,300.., but what do I know, ..hence the inquiry.

    Though with my luck, gold will remain lower until the Fractional Buffaloes and then shoot to $1,400.

  17. cagcrisp says

    @KCSO, Graded Gold coins (post Civil War) have Weakened in Offering prices AND the price guide since this time last week. On a percentage basis Much more than the spot price of Gold would indicate…

  18. data dave says

    If you are interested in the Silver Kruggerrands, if ebay runs a 10% ebucks special you could get the MCM listing for only $54.96 since it is not listed under bullion. Not sure when they will run the next special, but $6 is enough to buy a 1/10 gram of gold! Talk about gold mini coins.

  19. Dustyroads says

    cagcrisp,

    Why only expect 25 or 50 bp, when you can get 75 or 100 bp…I hope you don’t think it’s not possible.

  20. cagcrisp says

    There is NO way the Fed will move more than 50 bps tomorrow. By the end of the 2017 I would expect 100 bps and then maybe another 100 by the end of 2018. I was strictly talking about each meeting.

    All this is contingent on the economy (worldwide) gaining traction, Trump getting his corporate tax decrease, France not exiting the EU..etc, etc, etc.

    There is a Lot more that can go wrong than go right to get a 200 bp increase in two years, however, the Fed has a mandate and so far inflation is moving in the right direction for multiple rate increases…

  21. cagcrisp says

    17CA 2017 BOYS TOWN GOLD PROOF 807 807
    17CB 2017 BOYS TOWN GOLD UNC 1,054
    17CC 2017 BOYS TOWN SILVER PROOF 9,044
    17CD 2017 BOYS TOWN SILVER UNC 4,959
    17CE 2017 BOYS TOWN CLAD PROOF 9,064
    17CF 2017 BOYS TOWN CLAD UNC 10,030
    17CG 2017 BOYS TOWN 3-COIN SET 3,123

    17CH 2017 LIONS CLUBS SILVER PROOF 51,714 + 3,491
    17CJ 2017 LIONS CLUBS SILVER UNC 14,320 + 478

  22. cagcrisp says

    17EB 2017 AM EAGLE GOLD PROOF 1 OZ 3,302 +419
    17EC 2017 AM EAGLE GOLD PROOF 1/2 OZ 667 + 119
    17ED 2017 AM EAGLE GOLD PROOF 1/4 OZ 844 + 165
    17EE 2017 AM EAGLE GOLD PROOF 1/10 OZ 3,770 +703
    17EF 2017 AM EAGLE GOLD PROOF 4-COIN SET 5,358 + 399

    16EA 2016 AM EAGLE SILVER PROOF 1 OZ 545,604 + 1,136

    16EB 2016 AM EAGLE GOLD PROOF 1 OZ 23,449 + 27
    16EC 2016 AM EAGLE GOLD PROOF 1/2 OZ 5,650 + 6
    16EF 2016 AM EAGLE GOLD PROOF 4-COIN SET 17,236 (7)

    16EG 2016 AM EAGLE SILVER UNC 1 OZ 183,915 3,371

  23. cagcrisp says

    16RA 2016 AMERICAN $1 COIN & CURRENCY SET 47,167 + 66
    16RB 2016 ANNUAL $1 UNC SET 16,178 + 100
    16RC 2016 LIMITED EDITION SILVER PROOF SET 38,636 + 327

  24. cagcrisp says

    16XA 2016 WALKING LIBERTY 24K GOLD .5OZ 61,750 +177
    16XB 2016 MERCURY DIME 24K GOLD .1OZ 124,885 –
    16XC 2016 STANDING LIBERTY 24K GOLD .25OZ 88,659 + 148

  25. cagcrisp says

    16SA 2016 FS GOLD PROOF 1/2 OZ – NIXON 2,498 + 3
    16SB 2016 FS GOLD UNC 1/2 OZ – NIXON 1,576 + 9
    16SC 2016 FS GOLD PROOF 1/2 OZ – FORD 2,296 (3)
    16SD 2016 FS GOLD UNC 1/2 OZ – FORD 1,565 + 5
    16SE 2016 FS GOLD PROOF 1/2 OZ – REAGAN 3,386 + 4
    16SF 2016 FS GOLD UNC 1/2 OZ – REAGAN 1,829 + 1

    JQ1 2015 FS GOLD PROOF 1/2 OZ – TRUMAN 2,621 + 1
    JQ2 2015 FS GOLD UNC 1/2 OZ – TRUMAN 1,845 –
    JQ4 2015 FS GOLD UNC 1/2 OZ – EISENHWR 1,955 –
    JQ6 2015 FS GOLD UNC 1/2 OZ – KENNEDY 6,592 + 7
    JQ7 2015 FS GOLD PROOF 1/2 OZ – JOHNSON 2,639 +2
    JQ8 2015 FS GOLD UNC 1/2 OZ – JOHNSON 1,749 + 1

  26. cagcrisp says

    I was Expecting Effigy (Animal crackers) 5 oz. P puck to be Down 7%

    Week #1 2016 Shawnee 15,263
    Week #1 2016 Cumberland 14,854
    Week #1 2016 Harpers Ferry 15,140
    Week # 1 2016 Roosevelt 16,190
    Week #1 2016 Ft Moultrie 14,582

    Average of #1 2016 5 P pucks 15,206

    Effigy 14,363 Down 5.5% from 2016 averages.

    …SO…Effigy was NOT as bad as I anticipated…

  27. says

    Reposted so I don’t go back a page –

    cagcrisp says, How does the Dismal Boys Town 7 coin offering compare to the Dismal 7 coin offering for the 2016 NPS coins for the Launch Day?

    Proof Boys Town 2017-W $5 gold half eagle – 653; Down 65%
    Proof NPS 2016 gold – 1,849

    Uncirculated Boys Town 2017-W $5 gold half eagle – 854; Down 43%
    Uncirculated NPS 2016 gold – 1,489

    Proof Boys Town 2017-P silver dollar – 5,899; Down 59%
    Proof NPS 2016 silver – 14,409

    Uncirculated Boys Town 2017-P silver dollar – 3,646; Down 48%
    Uncirculated NPS 2016 silver – 6,957

    Proof Boys Town 2017-S copper nickel clad half dollar – 6,936; Down 43%
    Proof NPS 2016 clad – 12,088

    Uncirculated Boys Town 2017-D copper nickel clad half dollar – 8,883; Up 20%
    Uncirculated NPS 2016 clad – 7,414

    Three coin Boys Town Proof set -2,255 out of 15k; Down 64%
    Three coin Proof NPS 2016 set 6,257 out of 15k

  28. says

    17CA 2017 BOYS TOWN GOLD PROOF 807 807
    17CB 2017 BOYS TOWN GOLD UNC 1,054
    17CC 2017 BOYS TOWN SILVER PROOF 9,044
    17CD 2017 BOYS TOWN SILVER UNC 4,959
    17CE 2017 BOYS TOWN CLAD PROOF 9,064
    17CF 2017 BOYS TOWN CLAD UNC 10,030
    17CG 2017 BOYS TOWN 3-COIN SET 3,123

  29. cagcrisp says

    Comparing Launch Week 2017 Boys Town vs. 2016 National Park Service Launch Week…

    Proof Boys Town 2017 $5 gold 807; Down 64%
    Proof NPS 2016 gold 2,231

    Uncirculated Boys Town 2017 $5 gold 1,054; Down 41%
    Uncirculated NPS 2016 gold 1,794

    Proof Boys Town 2017 silver dollar 9,044; Down 54%
    Proof NPS 2016 silver 19,518

    Uncirculated Boys Town 2017 silver dollar 4,959; Down 43%
    Uncirculated NPS 2016 silver 8,647

    Proof Boys Town 2017 clad 9,064; Down 41%
    Proof NPS 2016 clad 15,416

    Uncirculated Boys Town 2017 clad 10,030; Up 11%
    Uncirculated NPS 2016 clad 9,001

    Three coins Boys Town Proof set 3,123 out of 15k; Down 60%
    Three coin Proof NPS 2016 set 7,886 out of 15k

  30. cagcrisp says

    After starting out Slow, the Lions Club Silver Proof has Slowly been catching up with 2016 Mark Twain Silver Proof

    After 8 weeks Mark Twain Silver Proof 54,769
    After 8 weeks Lions Club Silver Proof 51,714

    After starting out Slow, the Lions Club Silver uncirculated has continued with Dismal sales vs the 2016 Mark Twain Silver uncirculated

    Launch Week Mark Twain Silver Uncirculated 14,576
    After 8 weeks Lions Club Silver Uncirculated 14,320

  31. Joe M. says

    @ cagcrisp and KCSO
    I absolutely love when you guys post #’s…AWESOME!
    Keep that valuable info coming 🙂
    I forget who posted when the 2015 silver proof sets were scheduled to end selling Dec. 31, 2016 from the mint, but THANK YOU TOO! 🙂 🙂

  32. Tom P. - MA says

    @ Joe M. Also love the numbers. They put a lot of time into this.

    Krugerrand silver pieces are way overpriced. Possibly, maybe you could make a case for $35, but never $59. I’m out.

    Interesting that the clad unc BT pieces are outselling the proof pieces. Maybe I’ll buy the proof this time.

    Holding off on buying the gold until after the Fed announcement. Not a huge difference in my life since the 1/10 ounce proof piece won’t move by much either way. 50/50 shot it will cost less next week.

  33. says

    Speaking of Krugerrands, or bullion buffalo, bullion gold eagles….if you are looking to sell, some of the major internet firms like provident, gainesville, apmex , etc. will buy from you with a better return vs selling on ebay.
    For example APMEX will generally pay about $12-$15 OVER spot. For example. back on 2/21 I sold APMEX 3 1975 BU 1 oz Krugerrands and they gave me $1246 each….which was about $15 over spot at the time.
    Their website will show what they are buying/need and it changes frequently. They also have a number you can call and tell them what you want to sell…..if they don’t need it right now, they might in a week or so.

    The process works very smooth…if you have any questions, I’d be glad to answer them for you.

  34. Dustyroads says

    Steve, No one knows the answer to that yet. I have a feeling we may see them, but nothing is for sure at this time.

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