Girl Scouts - Diamonds of Arkansas, Oklahoma and Texas is excited to share with you all that our council has been selected as one of a very few councils in the nation to participate in the unveiling ceremony of the Girl Scouts of the USA Centennial Commemorative Coin. CEO, Denise Stewart, and 2012 Gold recipient, Stephanie Westberg, of Arkadelphia, AR, will travel to Washington, D.C., to represent the Diamonds Council during this historic unveiling ceremony.
The Diamonds Council is honored to have been selected to attend this very special, once-in-a-lifetime opportunity and we are looking forward to sharing photos and information about the festivities after Denise and Stephanie embark on this wonderful journey.
The Girl Scouts of the USA Centennial Commemorative Coin Act, signed into law in 2009, authorized the minting of up to 350,000 silver dollar coins in commemoration of the yearlong celebration of our 100th anniversary. On September 22, 2012, Girl Scouts of the USA unveiled the design of the coin at the Gala 100th Anniversary Experience Exhibition Preview and Dinner Under the Stars, hosted by Girl Scouts of Northeast Texas, with Connie L. Lindsey, our National President, and Anna Maria Chávez, our CEO.The coin will be available for sale starting February 28, 2013 noon EST. A surcharge from the sale of each coin is authorized to be paid to Girl Scouts of the USA's national program development and delivery, which helps girls grow into their best selves. And the coolest part? This is the first time the United States Mint has produced a commemorative coin dedicated to a girls' organization!
Q: How many of the coins will be made?
A: The United States Mint will produce a maximum of 350,000 across all product options. The silver dollar coins will be issued in both uncirculated and proof qualities and are legal tender.
Q: What's the difference between the uncirculated and proof qualities?
A: Proof quality commemorative coins are made from highly polished planchets (coin blanks) and dies and are struck more than once to accent the design. Proof coins receive the highest quality strike possible and can be distinguished by their mirrored background and frosted foreground. Uncirculated quality commemorative coins are manufactured using the same process as circulating coins but with quality enhancements such as high coining force and early strikes from dies. To learn more about commemorative coins, visit the United States Mint's program information pages.
Q: How much will the coins be sold for?
A: The price of the coin will be $55.95 for uncirculated and $59.95 for proof. Orders received by 5 p.m. March 29, 2013 will take advantage of introductory pricing at $54.95 for proof quality and $50.95 for uncirculated quality. Shipping is $4.95 per order.
Q: Can the coins be sold in Girl Scout council shops?
A: Yes, councils will be able to order coins directly from the United States Mint.
Q: Will Girl Scouts of the USA be selling coins?
A: Yes, GSUSA will sell a limited quantity in our shop and online.
Q: How do I purchase a coin from the United States Mint?
A: On February 28, 2013 noon EST, you can either call 1-800-USA-MINT (872-6468) or order online. Feel free to request a brochure with an order card directly from the United States Mint, by calling the above phone number.
Q: Will Girl Scouts of the USA (GSUSA) benefit from the sale of these coins?
A: GSUSA is authorized to receive a surcharge of $10 per coin sold after the United States Mint has recouped all of their costs and has verified that GSUSA has recorded matching funds equal to the surcharges GSUSA is to receive from the United States Mint. Per the legislation passed by the Congress authorizing the coin, surcharges received by GSUSA are to be used for Girl Scout program development and delivery. Plans for specific use of the surcharges will be discussed as part of FY2014 planning and budgeting.