The Girl Scouts of the USA will not be receiving any surcharges
from the U.S. Mint because sales of the 2013-W Girl Scouts of the USA
Centennial commemorative silver dollars failed to cover production costs.
This represents the first time that a recipient organization
designated in commemorative coin legislation “is not eligible to
receive surcharge payments due to program costs not being recovered,”
Tom Jurkowsky, director of the U.S. Mint’s Office of Corporate
Communications, said Jan. 2.
Sales totaled just 35 percent of the congressionally authorized
number of coins for the program.
Of the maximum authorization of 350,000 coins, final but unaudited
sales figures released Jan. 2 by the U.S. Mint showed a total of
123,817 coins were sold — 86,354 Proof coins and 37,463 Uncirculated
coins. Coins were sold individually, with the Uncirculated coin
additionally available in a Young Collector set.
Not enough sold
“The number of Girl Scout coins sold did not produce enough
revenue to cover the standard program expenses,” Jurkowsky said.
“Additionally, part of the cost to the program includes the disposal
of packaging and melting the coins from any unsold inventory. The
legislation that governs commemorative coin surcharge payments
requires that all costs be recovered before any surcharge payments can
“The legislation is written such that it is an all-or-nothing
payout. In other words, if all costs are recovered surcharge payments
may be made. If all costs are not recovered, no surcharge payments can
be made. There is not an allowance for a reduction in surcharge payments.”
Throughout the time the coins were being offered for sale, U.S.
Mint officials kept Girl Scouts of the USA officials informed of
lagging sales and the possibility of no surcharges being paid out.
Mint reform legislation passed by Congress in 1996 mandates
payment of surcharges only after all production and associated costs
are fully recouped.
Officials from the Girl Scouts of the USA did not respond by press
time Jan. 3 to multiple inquiries placed by Coin World for their comment.
Jurkowsky said U.S. Mint officials were intensely monitoring sales
from the Feb. 28 start of order placement.
Mint officials quickly realized that demand for the Girl Scout
silver dollars would not be as strong as they were for the 2010-P Boy
Scouts of America Centennial silver dollars.
The Boy Scouts of America Centennial commemorative coin program
sold out of its maximum authorization of 350,000 coins in four months,
Sales of the Girl Scouts of the USA Centennial silver dollars
remained sluggish throughout 2013.
Jurkowsky said that on Dec. 27, Mint officials determined that
during the final four days of coin sales, a total of 31,542 coins
would need to be sold to trigger the surcharge payment mechanism.
The 31,542 coins had to be in the form of 23,269 Proof coins and
8,273 of the Young Collectors Sets, which includes the Uncirculated
Although sales figures for those final four days were not
disclosed, Jurkowsky said the total sales needed were not reached.
Failure to reach sales projections wasn’t through a lack of trying.
Jurkowsky said the Girl Scout commemorative silver dollars were
touted on the Mint’s website at www.usmint.gov; through emails,
product notifications and mailings to hundreds of thousands of Mint
customers; and through social media, including Facebook, Twitter and
Pinterest accounts maintained by the U.S. Mint.
The U.S. Mint also included a video featuring U.S. Treasurer Rosie
Rios discussing the commemorative coins.
The Girl Scouts also touted sales of the coins on its website at
www.girlscouts.org, which also included a message from first lady
Michele Obama supporting Girl Scouts as its honorary president.
The Girl Scouts also promoted the coins to those on their own
U.S. Mint officials, based on the demand for previous
commemorative silver dollars in single coin programs, projected the
initial production at the West Point Mint of 150,500 Proof Girl Scout
dollars and 100,500 of the Uncirculated version.
By April 12, 2013, the West Point Mint had shipped to the U.S.
Mint’s contracted order fulfillment center in Plainfield, Ind.,
147,300 of the Proof coins and 59,905 of the Uncirculated coins. The
order fulfillment center was run by Pitney-Bowes Government Solutions.
When substantial sales failed to materialize, U.S. Mint officials
opted to cease any additional Girl Scout dollar production, Jurkowsky
said. Jurkowsky did not give a specific date for when the decision to
cease production was made, other than that it was sometime in the spring.
Of the single Uncirculated coins shipped from the West Point Mint
to Pitney-Bowes, 15,000 were eventually retrieved for shipment to the
Philadelphia Mint where the Young Collector sets were assembled.
Girl Scouts program details
The Girl Scouts USA Centennial Commemorative Coin Act, Public Law
111-86, signed into law Oct. 29, 2009, by President Obama, authorized
the production and sale of up to 350,000 silver dollars combined in
Proof and Uncirculated versions.
The sale price of each coin included a $10 surcharge to be paid to
the Girl Scouts of the USA to support Girl Scout program development
The total of 37,643 Uncirculated coins sold reflects sales of
31,716 single coins and 5,747 coins included in Young Collector sets.
The introductory sales period ran from Feb. 28 to March 29, after
which regular issue prices were charged. The introductory prices were
$54.95 for the Proof coin and $50.95 for the Uncirculated coin, and
were each increased by $5 for the regular issue period.
The Young Collectors set went on sale July 19 for $54.95.
Sales of all Girl Scouts of the USA Centennial commemorative
silver dollar product were originally going to be cut off by the U.S.
Mint on Dec. 17, but the sales period was subsequently extended
through noon Eastern Time Dec. 31 to accommodate any additional sales. ■