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2017 Lions Clubs International Centennial
Commemorative Coin Program

"You can't get very far until you start doing something for somebody else… "

Melvin Jones
Founder, Lions Clubs International

Background

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 Legislation

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.

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

The Designs

2017 Lions Clubs International Centennial Proof Silver Dollar Obverse

2017 Lions Clubs International Centennial Proof Silver Dollar Obverse

2017 Lions Clubs International Centennial Proof Silver Dollar Reverse

2017 Lions Clubs International Centennial Proof Silver Dollar Reverse


2017 Lions Clubs International Centennial Uncirculated Silver Dollar Obverse

2017 Lions Clubs International Centennial Uncirculated Silver Dollar Obverse

2017 Lions Clubs International Centennial Uncirculated Silver Dollar Reverse

2017 Lions Clubs International Centennial Uncirculated Silver Dollar Reverse


 

The obverse (heads) design features a portrait of founder Melvin Jones paired with the Lions Clubs International logo. Inscriptions are “LIBERTY,” “IN GOD WE TRUST,” “MELVIN JONES,” “FOUNDER,” and “2017.”

The reverse (tails) design depicts a male and female lion with a lion cub superimposed over a globe. Inscriptions are “UNITED STATES OF AMERICA,” “$1,” “E PLURIBUS UNUM,” and “CELEBRATING 100 YEARS OF SERVICE.”

Hi-resolution versions are available from the Pressroom Image Library.

The Designers

Obverse

  • Designer:  Joel Iskowitz
  • Sculptor:   Joseph Menna

Reverse

  • Designer:  Patricia Lucas-Morris
  • Sculptor:   Don Everhart

Coin 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