Collectors will learn at 10 a.m. Central Time Aug. 23 what designs
will appear on the obverse and reverse of the 2017 Boys Town
Centennial gold $5 half eagle, silver dollar and copper-nickel clad
U.S. Mint officials will join Boys Town representatives on the
facility's Nebraska campus outside Omaha to conduct the public unveiling.
Final design approval, after recommendations are made by the
Commission of Fine Arts and Citizens Coinage Advisory Committee and
input received from U.S. Mint and Boys Town representatives, is at the
discretion of the Treasury secretary or designee. Treasury Secretary
Jacob Lew has delegated that responsibility to Deputy Treasury
Secretary Sarah Bloom Raskin.
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Designs were recommended from 10 pairs of obverse and reverse
designs for the gold coin, 22 pairs of designs intended for the silver
dollar and 13 pairs marked for the copper-nickel clad half dollar.
The design unveiling ceremony is scheduled to be staged at Boys Town
Music Hall, 13715 Flanagan Blvd., in Boys Town, Neb. Dignitaries
slated to attend are:
- Rhett Jeppson, principal deputy director, United States
- Cordell Cade, mayor of Boys Town
- Kymani Bell,
vice mayor of Boys Town
- Dan Daly, executive vice
president, director of Youth Care, Boys Town
- Jerry Davis,
vice president of Advocacy, Boys Town
The enabling legislation, Public Law 114-30, calls for the production and
release combined in Proof and Uncirculated of 50,000 gold $5 coins,
350,000 silver dollars and 300,000 copper-nickel clad half dollars.
Surcharges of $35 will be added to the purchase price of each gold
coin, $10 for each silver dollar and $5 for each copper-nickel clad
Net surcharges, after the U.S. Mint has recovered all of its
production and association costs, are legislated to be paid to Boys
Town to carry out Boys Town’s cause of caring for and
assisting children and families in under-served communities across America.