A bill authorizing the production of Girl Scouts Commemorative Silver Dollar coins was signed into law on October 29, 2009 by President Obama. The coins will be produced and issued during 2013 in a maximum quantity of 350,000 to celebrate the centennial of the Girl Scouts of the United States of America (GSUSA).
“This is a wonderful honor for Girl Scouts,” said Kathy Cloninger, Chief Executive Officer of GSUSA. “Congress only allows the minting of two coins a year and this is such a fitting way to honor our Movement and the million of girls and women whose lives Girl Scouting has touched. We are grateful to the President, the House and the Senate for their support.”
H.R. 621 Girl Scouts USA Centennial Commemorative Coin Act was introduced by Rep. Jack Kingston of Georgia on January 21, 2009. The bill passed in the House of October 13 and the Senate on October 19, 2009. A similar bill had been introduced in the 110th Congress, but was never became law.
The commemorative silver dollars to be issued will have a weight of 26.73 grams and a diameter of 1.5 inches. The composition will be 90% silver and 10% copper. The coins will be offered in uncirculated and proof quality. Only one United States Mint facility may be used to strike any particular quality, with a recommendation for production at the West Point Mint to the greatest extent possible. Coins may be issued only during the calendar year beginning on January 1, 2013.
Designs will be emblematic of the centennial of the Girl Scouts of the United States of America. The final design will be selected by the Secretary of the Treasury after consultation with the GSUSA, the Commission of Fine Arts, and review by the Citizens Coinage Advisory Committee.
A surcharge of $10 will be added to the price of each coin. All surcharges will be distributed to GSUSA for Girl Scout program development and delivery.