Lions Clubs International Centennial Silver Dollar

Commemorative Coin Programs

Background

“You can’t get very far until you start doing something for somebody else… “

Melvin Jones
Founder, Lions Clubs International

A century ago, Melvin Jones, a Chicago business leader and member of a businessmen’s luncheon group, posed a simple question: “What if these men, who are successful because of their drive, intelligence, and ambition, were to put their talents to work improving their communities?”

In 1917, Jones made this vision a reality when he founded Lions Clubs International, a service club organization with the guiding principle of “We Serve.” The organization empowers its volunteers to serve their communities, meet humanitarian needs, encourage peace, and promote international understanding. Services include community, environmental, youth, health programs, and disaster relief work.

On June 7, 2017, Lions Clubs International will celebrate 100 years of community service to men, women, and children worldwide. Since its founding, it has become one of the world’s largest organizations of its kind. Its 1.4 million members in more than 46,000 clubs provide humanitarian services in more than 200 countries.

The Lions Clubs International Century of Service Commemorative Coin Act (Public Law 112-181) was signed into law on October 5, 2012, to commemorate the organization’s centennial in 2017. Under that law, Congress directed the U.S. Mint to strike and issue up to 400,000 silver dollar coins.

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Recipient Organization: Lions Clubs International Foundation

The price of each coin includes a $10 surcharge, which the law authorizes to be paid to the Lions Clubs International Foundation in order to:
  • Further its programs for the blind and visually impaired in the United States and abroad
  • Invest in adaptive technologies for the disabled
  • Invest in youth and those affected by a major disaster

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.

Coin Characteristics

The obverse (heads) design features a portrait of founder Melvin Jones paired with the Lions Clubs International logo.

The reverse (tails) design depicts a male and female lion with a lion cub superimposed over a globe.

Obverse Inscriptions

  • LIBERTY
  • IN GOD WE TRUST
  • MELVIN JONES
  • FOUNDER
  • 2017

Reverse Inscriptions

  • UNITED STATES OF AMERICA
  • $1
  • E PLURIBUS UNUM
  • CELEBRATING 100 YEARS OF SERVICE

Mint and Mint Mark

Specifications

Composition: 90% silver, 10% copper
Diameter: 1.500 inches, 38.10 mm
Weight: 26.730 grams
Mintage Limit: 400,000 across all product options

Artist Information

Obverse Reverse Content last reviewed September 16, 2016

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