The Philadelphia Mint served as the backdrop Nov. 9 for a ceremonial
striking of the Proof 2017-P Lions Clubs International Century of
Service silver dollar.
The U.S. Mint production facility will also be striking the
Uncirculated version of the silver dollar. The commemorative silver
dollars are expected to be offered for sale by the U.S. Mint beginning
sometime early next year.
Public Law 112-181 authorizes the U.S. Mint to
strike and issue up to 400,000 silver dollars combined in Proof and
Uncirculated versions to mark the Lions Clubs International centennial
anniversary being celebrated on June 7.
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The purchase price of each silver dollar will carry a $10 surcharge
that is authorized to be paid to the Lions Clubs
International Foundation to further its programs for the blind
and visually impaired in the United States and abroad; invest in
adaptive technologies for the disabled; and invest in youth and those
affected by a major disaster.
Joining U.S. Mint Principal Deputy Director Rhett Jeppson for the
Nov. 9 ceremonial striking event were Lions Clubs Past President
Clement Kusiak, Centennial Committee Chairperson James Moore, and
Lions Club Past President Joseph Wroblewski.
Also on hand were U.S. Mint Medallic Sculptor Joseph F. Menna, — who
sculptured the obverse design executed by U.S. Mint Artistic Infusion
Program Artist Joel Iskowitz — and U.S. Mint Sculptor-Engraver Donald
Everhart II, who sculptured the reverse design executed by AIP artist
U.S. Mint spokesman Michael White said only Proof dollars were
struck during the closed Nov. 9 event. All coins struck are being held
until the Lions Clubs silver dollars go on sale in 2017, when the
coins may can be purchased by those who struck them at the ceremony,
According to White, 19 coins were struck.
White said that the first coin struck was placed into a brown
envelope and is currently held at the Philadelphia Mint.
The coin’s obverse features a portrait of founder Melvin Jones
paired with the Lions Clubs International logo. The reverse design
depicts a male and female lion with a lion cub, superimposed over a globe.
Lions Club history
Lions Club International was founded in 1917 by Chicago businessman
Melvin Jones, who told members of his local business club they should
“reach beyond business issues and address the betterment of their
communities and the world.”
The Lions Club provides funding and volunteer service for programs
to improve eyesight and help eradicate blindness; mentoring children
through its “Leo Program”; and helping communities stricken with
natural disasters by providing for food, water, clothing, medical
supplies and aiding in reconstruction.
The Lions Club mission statement is “To empower volunteers to serve
their communities, meet humanitarian needs, encourage peace and
promote international understanding through Lions clubs.”