The following Q&A is excerpted from Clifford Mishler’s Coins: Questions & Answers: Q: Is collecting any type of coin a good investment? A: No! The hobby collector—be it of coins, back-scratchers, or Bavarian beer mugs—is occasionally persuaded to purchase by impulse or sentiment. Indulging frequent lapses into irrationality is part of the fun of maintaining a hobby. But the strictly … [Read More...]
On October 19, 2009, the Senate unanimously passed legislation that will authorize the production of Girl Scouts Commemorative Coins in 2013. Just a few days earlier, the bill had been passed by the House of Representatives. All that remains for the bill to become law is the President’s signature.
H.R. 621: Girl Scouts USA Centennial Commemorative Coin Act was introduced on January 21, 2009 by Jack Kingston of Georgia. The purpose of the Act is to require the Secretary of the Treasury to mint coins in commemoration of the centennial of the establishment of the Girl Scouts of the United States of America (GSUSA). Juliette Gordon Low had organized the first two Girl Scout troops in Savannah, Georgia on March 12, 1912.
Up to 350,000 silver dollar coins would be produced and issued during the calendar year beginning January 1, 2013. The Act recommends production of coins at the West Point Mint to the extent possible. Each coin would bear a design emblematic of the centennial of the GSUSA. Required inscriptions include the face value, the year “2013”, “Liberty”, “United States of America”, and “E Pluribus Unum”.
The final design for the coins will be selected by the Secretary of the Treasury after consultation with the Girl Scouts of the United States of America, the Commission of Fine Arts, and review by the Citizens Coinage Advisory Committee.
All coins will carry a surcharge of $10 per coin. This amount will be paid to the GSUSA for program development and delivery.