On March 12, 1912, Juliette Gordon Low organized the first two Girl Scout Troops in Savannah, Georgia consisting of 18 members. Today, there are more than 3,700,000 members in 236,000 troops throughout the country, and more than 50,000,000 American women enjoyed Girl Scouting during their childhood. Later this month, the United States Mint will begin sales of commemorative silver dollars to mark the centennial of the Girl Scouts of the USA.
The program was authorized under Public Law 111-86, which was signed on October 29, 2009. The legislation provides for up to 350,000 silver dollars to be issued in commemoration of the centennial of the Girl Scouts of the USA. Each coin will be struck in a composition of 90% silver and 10% copper, with a weight of 26.73 grams and diameter of 1.500 inches.
Designs for the 2013 Girl Scouts Silver Dollars were unveiled by the US Mint on September 22, 2012 at 100th Anniversary Experience Exhibition Preview and Dinner Under The Stars hosted by Girl Scouts of Northeast Texas. The obverse design depicts three girls to represent the different ages and diversity of the Girl Scouts of the USA. Key elements from the Girl Scouts mission statement "Courage", "Confidence", and "Character" are included above the image. Additional inscriptions "2013", "In God We Trust", and Liberty" as well as a 100th anniversary Trefoil symbol appear below. The reverse design features the trefoil/profiles symbol of the organization with inscriptions "United States of America", "E Pluribus Unum", "Girl Scout", and the denomination "$1".
The obverse was designed by US Mint Artistic Infusion Program Master Designer Barbara Fox and sculpted by US Mint Sculptor-Engraver Phebe Hemphill. The reverse was designed by Artistic Infusion Program Associate Designer Chris Costello and sculpted by US Mint Sculptor-Engraver Joseph Menna.
The designs were selected from a field of eleven different obverse and ten different reverse design candidates for the coin, which were prepared by the United States Mint and reviewed by the Commission of Fine Arts and Citizens Coinage Advisory Committee. (See coverage of the CFA and CCAC review and recommendation.) The final designs were selected by the Treasury of the Secretary taking into account the recommendations of the CFA, CCAC, and the Girl Scouts of the USA.
Sales are scheduled to officially begin at the United States Mint on February 28, 2013 at 12:00 Noon ET. Both proof and uncirculated qualities of the coins will be available for sale individually. Both versions are struck at the West Point Mint. There are no household ordering limits imposed. An overall mintage limit of 350,000 coins will apply across all product options.
During an introductory period, the proof coins will be priced at $54.95 and the uncirculated coins will be priced at $50.95. After March 29, 2013 at 5:00 PM, regular pricing of $59.95 for proofs and $55.95 for uncirculated coins will go into effect. Under the authorizing legislation, the sales price of each coin includes a surcharge of $10 per coin, which is distributable to the Girl Scouts of the USA to be made available for program development and delivery.
Typically, commemorative coins remain available for sale until the maximum authorized mintage has been sold or a pre-announced date, typically in mid-December.