WASHINGTON — Treasurer of the United States Rosie Rios today joined Girl Scouts of the USA Chief Executive Officer Anna Maria Chávez and members of the Honorary Congressional Girl Scout Troop –Troop Capitol Hill – to launch the 2013 Girl Scouts of the USA Centennial Silver Dollar. The coin, which honors the 100th anniversary of the organization established by Juliette Gordon Low in Savannah, Georgia, on March 12, 1912, was presented during the Girl Scout Women and Girls Leadership Breakfast in the Caucus Room of the Cannon House Office Building. Congressman Jack Kingston, co–sponsor of the legislation authorizing the United States Mint to mint and issue the commemorative coin, was also on hand for the event.
“Today, the United States Mint launches the 2013 Girl Scouts of the USA Centennial Silver Dollar Coin honoring 100 years of courage, confidence, and character,” Treasurer Rios said in her presentation. “And we will issue up to 350,000 of these silver dollars, with sale surcharges authorized to further Girl Scout programs such as financial literacy and empowerment, business, and self–reliance.”
The 2013 Girl Scouts of the USA Centennial Silver Dollar is authorized by Public Law 111–86 – the Girl Scouts USA Centennial Commemorative Coin Act. The coin’s obverse (heads side) depicts three girls who represent the different ages and the diversity of Girls Scouts of the USA. Inscriptions include COURAGE, CONFIDENCE, and CHARACTER, key elements of the Girl Scouts mission statement. Additional inscriptions are 2013, LIBERTY, and IN GOD WE TRUST. The 100th anniversary Trefoil symbol signifies its centennial anniversary. The coin’s reverse (tails side) depicts the iconic Profiles of Girl Scouts of the USA with the inscriptions UNITED STATES OF AMERICA, E PLURIBUS UNUM, $1, and GIRL SCOUTS.
The United States Mint will begin accepting orders for the 2013 Girl Scouts of the USA Centennial Silver dollar at noon Eastern Time (ET) today at its online catalog, http://www.usmint.gov/catalog, and at 1–800–USA–MINT (872–6468). Both proof and uncirculated versions of the coin will be available. A $10 surcharge collected from the sale of each coin is authorized to be paid to Girl Scouts of the USA, which will make funds available for program development and delivery. Reduced introductory pricing is available through March 29, 2013, at 5 p.m. ET.
Founded in 1912, Girl Scouts of the USA is a preeminent leadership development organization for girls, with 3.2 million girl and adult members worldwide. Girl Scouts is a leading authority on girls’ healthy development, and builds girls of courage, confidence, and character, who make the world a better place. The organization serves girls from every corner of the United States and its territories. Girl Scouts of the USA also serves American girls and their classmates attending American or international schools overseas in 90 countries. For more information on how to join, volunteer or reconnect with, or donate to Girl Scouts, call 800–GSUSA–4–U or visit www.girlscouts.org.
The United States Mint was created by Congress in 1792. It is the Nation’s sole manufacturer of legal tender coinage and is responsible for producing circulating coinage for the Nation to conduct its trade and commerce. The United States Mint also produces numismatic products, including proof, uncirculated, and commemorative coins; Congressional Gold Medals; and silver and gold bullion coins. The United States Mint’s numismatic programs are self–sustaining and operate at no cost to the taxpayer.