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July Coin of the Month

2013 Girl Scouts of the USA Centennial Silver Dollar

I'm so excited!!!  I get to brag on my Girl Scouts this month!  It makes a little pig like me squeal with delight!

Who would ever have thought that Congress would honor the Girl Scouts with a commemorative coin like this?  But Congress gave some great reasons for making this coin.

The Girl Scouts of the United States of America is the foremost organization in the world that's dedicated just to girls.  It's a place where they can build their character and skills for real success.  More than 50 million American women enjoyed Girl Scouting during their childhood, and that number grows as more girls get inspired, challenged, and empowered through the Girl Scouts.

It all started in 1911, when Juliette Gordon Low met Sir Robert Baden-Powell, who founded the Boy Scouts.  Baden-Powell encouraged Ms. Low and helped her to plan a similar association for American girls.  She started the first two Girl Scout troops on March 12, 1912, in Savannah, Georgia, with 18 members.  The organization celebrated its 100th anniversary on March 12, 2012.

Low devoted the next 15 years of her life to building the organization.  She drafted the Girl Scout laws, supervised the writing of the first handbook, and provided most of the money the group needed. 

Today, the Girls Scouts of the United States of America is part of a worldwide group of Girl Scouts and Girl Guides.  This extended family numbers about 10 million girls and adults!  Learn more at the bottom of the Commemorative Coins page!

—Plinky

Plinky, the Mint Pig

Teacher Feature

Image shows the front of the Girl Scouts dollar coin.
Obverse:  Above the portraits of three diverse scouts are words from their mission statement: "Courage, Confidence, Character".

Image shows the back of the Girl Scouts dollar coin.
Reverse:  The central image is the official symbol of the Girl Scouts of the USA:  three profiles in a trefoil.



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