Boys Town Centennial Silver Dollar Coin

Commemorative Coin Programs

Background

In 2017, the U.S. Mint released the Boys Town Centennial Silver Dollar Coin to commemorate the 100th anniversary of Boys Town. The coin is part of the Boys Town Centennial Commemorative Coin Program. The program includes a $5 gold coin, $1 silver coin, and half dollar clad coin.

Boys Town is one of the largest non-profit organizations in the country, dedicated to serving at-risk children and families of all backgrounds and religions.

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Recipient Organization: Boys Town

Prices include surcharges of $10 for each silver coin, which the law authorizes to be paid to Boys Town to carry out its cause of caring for and assisting children and families in underserved communities across America.

Commemorative Coin Surcharges

Commemorative coin programs are created by acts of Congress to honor a person, place, or event. Surcharges from the sales of these coins help fund a variety of organizations and projects that benefit the public. Commemorative coins are only available from the United States Mint for a limited time, as specified by public law.

Characteristics

The obverse (heads) design features a young girl sitting alone and gazing upward into the branches of an oak tree looking for help. The empty space around the girl is deliberate and meant to show the child’s sense of loneliness, isolation, and helplessness.

The reverse (tails) design features an oak tree offering shelter and a sense of belonging to the family holding hands below it, which includes the girl from the obverse.

Obverse Inscriptions

  • BOYS TOWN
  • When you help a child today…
  • IN GOD WE TRUST
  • LIBERTY
  • 1917-2017

Reverse Inscriptions

  • …you write the history of tomorrow
  • UNITED STATES OF AMERICA
  • ONE DOLLAR
  • E PLURIBUS UNUM

Mint and Mint Mark

Specifications

Composition: 90% silver, 10% copper
Diameter: 1.500 inches, 38.10 mm
Weight: 26.73 grams
Mintage Limit: 350,000 across all silver product options

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Content last reviewed February 25, 2021