Boy Scouts Coin Act
President Bush on
Wednesday signed into law the Boy Scouts of
America Centennial Commemorative Coin Act (H.R.
5872). The act authorizes 350,000 silver dollar
coins in recognition of the 100th anniversary of
the Boy Scouts of America (BSA) in 2010.
H.R. 5872 enjoyed overwhelming support in both
parties, passing in the House on April 22 and
the Senate on September 27.
Congressman Pete Sessions [R-TX], who is an
Eagle Scout with four generations of Boy Scouts
in his family, introduced the bill and was
thankful it passed.
"From conservation to character building, the
Boy Scouts’ 100th Anniversary celebrates the
highest Scouting ideals of helping others and
making communities stronger," said Sessions.
"I believe that a commemorative coin will be an
important and influential symbol for Scouts of
all ages and raising awareness of the importance
of Scouting programs for future generations."
Senator Jeff Sessions [R-AL], who is also an
Eagle Scout, introduced companion legislation in
the Senate and was pleased as well.
"Scouting has been a positive influence on
millions of young men across the country," said
Senator Jeff Sessions. "This coin will help
recognize the positive contributions that
scouting has made in the development of so many
young men in our country."
The Boy Scouts of America was founded on
February 8, 1910. Since then, over 111 million
youth have experienced one of the many Scouting
programs. Today, 3 million youth members and 1
million adult leaders are in the traditional
programs of Cub Scouts, Boy Scouts, and
Venturing, making it the largest youth
organization in the United States.
The legislation notes that in the past 4 years
alone, Scouting youth and their leaders have
volunteered more than 6,500,000 hours of service
to their communities through more than 75,000
service projects, benefiting food banks, local
schools, and civic organizations.
Boy Scout silver coin design and specifications
H.R. 5872 states the commemorative coin must be
"emblematic of the 100 years of the largest
youth organization in United States, the Boy
Scouts of America."
Specific details prescribe that each silver
dollar must show its designated value, and have
the inscriptions ‘2010′, ‘Liberty’, ‘In God We
Trust’, ‘United States of America’, and ‘E
The coin will weigh 26.73 grams, have a diameter
of 1.5 inches, and contain 90 percent silver and
10 percent copper.
H.R. 5872 contains a provision for a $10
surcharge for each silver coin sale. Those
surcharges could amount to $3.5 million for the
Boy Scouts of America Foundation to serve Scouts
in hard-to-serve areas. Representative Sessions
indicates the Boy Scouts of America will match
the $3.5 million.