Approved designs for the three-coin 2017 Boys Town Centennial Coin Program were unveiled Aug. 23 by the U.S. Mint at ceremonies held at Boys Town Music Hall in Boys Town, Neb.
Boys Town is one of the largest nonprofit organizations in the country, dedicated to serving at-risk children and families of all backgrounds and religions. Founded in 1917 by Father Edward Flanagan, the organization provides treatment for the behavioral, emotional, and physical problems of children and families in 11 regions across the country. Boys Town programs impact the lives of more than 2 million children and families each year.
The enabling legislation, Public Law 114-30, calls for the production and release, in Proof and Uncirculated versions combined, of up to 50,000 gold $5 coins, 350,000 silver dollars and 300,000 copper-nickel-clad half dollars.
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Surcharges added to the purchase price of each gold coin of $35, $10 for the silver dollar and $5 for the copper-nickel clad half dollar, are to be paid to Boys Town to carry out its mission after the U.S. Mint recoups its production and associated costs.
The Aug. 23 coin unveiling ceremony was a joint event between the U.S. Mint and Boys Town. The designs were approved by Deputy Treasury Secretary Sarah Bloom Raskin.
“Each time a person looks at any one of these unique designs, it will spark an interest in learning about the history of Boys Town, acknowledging the extraordinary efforts made by this organization to give comfort and purpose to children in need, and recognizing the significant contributions of Father Flanagan,” said United States Mint Principal Deputy Director Rhett Jeppson.
Jeppson was joined by Boys Town representatives Cordell Cade and Kymani Bell, mayor and vice mayor, respectively; Dan Daly, executive vice president, director of Youth Care; and Jerry Davis, vice president of Advocacy.
The gold coin’s obverse features a portrait of Father Flanagan. Inscriptions are BOYS TOWN CENTENNIAL, IN GOD WE TRUST, FR. EDWARD FLANAGAN, LIBERTY, and 2017. The obverse was designed by United States Mint Artistic Infusion Program Designer Donna Weaver and sculptured by Mint Sculptor-Engraver Donald Everhart II.
The gold coin reverse depicts an outstretched hand holding a young oak tree growing from an acorn. As stated in the idiom “Mighty oaks from little acorns grow,” this design represents the potential of each child helped by Boys Town to grow into a productive, complete adult. Inscriptions are UNITED STATES OF AMERICA, THE WORK WILL CONTINUE, FIVE DOLLARS, and E PLURIBUS UNUM.