National Community Service Dollar

Commemorative Coin Programs

Background

Released on July 12, 1996, this coin was authorized to honor the millions of Americans who gave generously of their time and energy volunteering at community service projects.

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Recipient Organization: National Community Service Trust

The surcharges paid to the National Community Service Trust funded innovative community service programs at American universities, including the service, research, and teaching activities of faculty and students involved in such programs.

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 design of the coin features standing Liberty with a lamp and book in her right hand, to symbolize learning and discovery. The sun encircles the flame of the lamp, which symbolize the light of knowledge. The design was inspired by an original design by Augustus Saint-Gaudens.

The reverse of the coin features an inscription, "Service for America", which is encircled by a laurel wreath, and inscriptions.

Obverse Inscriptions

  • LIBERTY
  • NATIONAL COMMUNITY SERVICE
  • IN GOD WE TRUST
  • 1996

Reverse Inscriptions

  • UNITED STATES OF AMERICA
  • ONE DOLLAR
  • SERVICE FOR AMERICA
  • E PLURIBUS UNUM

Mint and Mint Mark

Artist Information

Obverse
  • Designer: Thomas D. Rogers
Reverse
  • Designer: William C. Cousins

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Content last reviewed December 13, 2016

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