The Mint has uploaded images (shown above) of the 2017 Lions Clubs International Centennial silver dollars. Photos from the first-strike ceremony have circulated online for several weeks, but the Mint’s online image library has been limited to line art for these coins. What is noteworthy about the event is that, for the first time, the library includes angled images for both the obverse and the reverse, in addition to the normal head-on shots. This much-appreciated development allows the viewer to observe the depth of the strike, especially around the lions on the reverse. Generally, the Mint provides angled views only for coins with unusual properties, such as edge-lettering or ultra-high relief.
The Mint has also announced its pricing for the coins: introductory prices for the Proof and Uncirculated coins will be $47.95 and $46.95, respectively; the regular prices, $52.95 and $51.95. These prices include a $10 surcharge for each coin. These surcharges will be distributed to the Secretary of the Lions Clubs International Foundation for the purposes of (1) furthering its programs for the blind and visually impaired in the United States and abroad; (2) investing in adaptive technologies for the disabled; and (3) investing in youth and those affected by a major disaster. Pricing information has not yet been added to the coins’ page in the Mint’s online catalog, but it is expected shortly, as the coins will launch at noon on January 18, 2017.
The commemorative coin is being released in conjunction with the 100th anniversary of Lions Clubs International. The authorizing legislation is P.L. 112–181, the “Lions Clubs International Century of Service Commemorative Coin Act,” enacted October 5, 2012.
The organization, which was founded in 1917, seeks to meet the needs of local communities around the world. There are 1.35 million members across 207 countries and geographic areas, making it the world’s largest service-club organization.
The coins will carry required inscriptions of the date (2017), “Liberty,” “In God We Trust,” “United States of America,” and “E Pluribus Unum.” Both Proof and Uncirculated formats will be produced. The coins may only be issued during the calendar year beginning on January 1, 2017. ❑