USO (United Service Organizations) Dollar

Commemorative Coin Programs

Background

Released on June 8, 1991, this dollar commemorated the 50th anniversary of the United Services Organization (USO).

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Recipient Organization: USO

Fifty percent of the surcharges collected from coin sales were to be distributed to the USO to be used to fund programs including airport centers, fleet centers, family and community centers, and celebrity entertainment. The remaining fifty percent of the proceeds from the coin sale surcharges were to be returned to the Federal Treasury for the purposes of reducing the national debt.

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 design of the coin features an image of the USO pennant and the words 50th Anniversary.

The reverse of the coin features a design of an eagle perched upon a globe with a USO banner in its beak and the USO's anniversary theme: "Fifty Years of Service to Service People" and 11 stars.

Obverse Inscriptions

  • IN GOD WE TRUST
  • 50TH ANNIVERSARY
  • USO
  • LIBERTY
  • 1991

Reverse Inscriptions

  • UNITED STATES OF AMERICA
  • USO
  • FIFTY YEARS SERVICE TO SERVICE PEOPLE
  • E PLURIBUS UNUM
  • ONE DOLLAR

Mint and Mint Mark

Artist Information

Obverse
  • Designer: Robert Lamb
Reverse
  • Designer: John Mercanti

Related Information

Content last reviewed December 12, 2016

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