2013 Girl Scouts of the USA Centennial Silver Dollars, Images and Prices

by Darrin Lee Unser on February 12, 2013 · 32 comments

Photographic images of the 2013 Girl Scouts of the USA Centennial Silver Dollars were revealed this week by the United States Mint. Along with those images, prices of the upcoming commemorative coins have also been published.

2013-W Proof Girl Scouts of the USA Centennial Silver Dollar

Image of the 2013-W Proof Girl Scouts of the USA Centennial Silver Dollar

2013 Girl Scouts Silver Dollars will launch on February 28, 2013 in both proof and uncirculated qualities. According to the U.S. Mint, the coins will debut at discounted introductory prices with regular pricing taking effect about one month later.

The 2013-W Proof Girl Scouts Silver Dollar will sell for $54.95 with the 2013-W Uncirculated Girl Scouts Silver Dollar offered for $50.95. That introductory pricing will end at 5 p.m. (ET) on March 29, 2013. Regular pricing for the commemorate coins is $5 higher, or $59.95 for the proof silver dollar and $55.95 for the uncirculated silver dollar.

Congress authorized each silver dollar under the Girl Scouts USA Centennial
Commemorative Coin Act (Public Law 111-86).

The Act requires the Secretary of the Treasury to strike up to 350,000 silver dollars "in commemoration of the centennial of the establishment of the Girl Scouts of the United States of America."

The Girl Scouts organization was established on March 12, 1912 by Juliette Gordon Low in Savannah, Georgia. From that small start, the Girl Scouts of the USA has grown to include over 3.2 million girls and adult leaders. It is the nation’s leading organization for character and skills building for girls in the United States.

In designs first revealed in September, on the obverse of every silver dollar is an image of three young girls to symbolize the different ages and diversity of the Girl Scouts of the USA. United States Mint Artistic Infusion Program (AIP) Master Designer Barbara Fox designed this image. United States Mint Sculptor-Engraver Phebe Hemphill completed its sculpting.

2013-W Uncirculated Girl Scouts of the USA Centennial Silver Dollar

Image of the 2013-W Uncirculated Girl Scouts of the USA Centennial Silver Dollar

Obverse inscriptions include COURAGE, CONFIDENCE and CHARACTER, key elements of the Girl Scouts mission statement. There is also a 100th anniversary Trefoil symbol to signify the centennial anniversary. Additional inscriptions include 2013, LIBERTY and IN GOD WE TRUST.

Offered on the reverse of the commemorative coins is the iconic Trefoil/profiles symbol of the Girl Scouts of the USA. AIP Associate Designer Chris Costello designed it with sculpting done by United States Mint Sculptor-Engraver Joseph Menna.

Reverse inscriptions include UNITED STATES OF AMERICA, E PLURIBUS UNUM, $1 and GIRL SCOUTS.

Each coin is in 90% silver and 10% copper to a diameter of 1.5 inches. The U.S. Mint facility in West Point strikes the silver dollars. A denoting West Point ‘W’ mint mark is on the obverse.

When released, anyone interested may place orders for the 2013 Girl Scouts of the USA Centennial Silver Dollars through the United States Mint website. Its online store is at http://catalog.usmint.gov. Telephone orders are accepted by calling 1-800-USA-MINT (872-6468).

The mintage of the release is 350,000 across all product options, as previously mentioned. Currently, the U.S. Mint indicates that no household order limits are in place.

{ 32 comments… read them below or add one }

poggie February 13, 2013 at 8:04 am

That is one ugly coin…worse than Shriver or the Canada cougar. Value may be in the low sales numbers.

Victor February 13, 2013 at 8:38 am

Well, I have two granddaughters in the GS, so there will be at least 2 of each sold.

Mark February 13, 2013 at 9:29 am

I still want to know where the boy is on this coin. PC police made sure that there was a girl on the boy scouts coin. So, it’s only fair.

SHH February 13, 2013 at 9:58 am

The reason a girl is on the BS coin is because girls can join Venturing or Explorer Scouts when they are 14. It then becomes a co-ed group. I loved my days as a GS and then as an Explorer Scout.

Mercury February 13, 2013 at 11:11 am

SHH….
Mix message here? Well then shouldn’t a girl have been recognized by being honored on a Venturing or Explorer Scouts commemorative as oppose to a BOY scout commemorative coin???

Also I see that the 2013-W Proof Girl Scouts Silver Dollar will sell for $54.95 and that each coin is in 90% silver and 10% copper to a diameter of 1.5 inches. Can someone tell me what then is the coins’ actual total weight in silver? Seems to be a bit spendy, maybe I’m missing something?

Brian M February 13, 2013 at 12:05 pm

Can I eat it? It’s about the size of a Thin Mint…

Shawn February 13, 2013 at 12:15 pm

Coin Specifications:

Weight: 26.730 grams nominal
Diameter: 1.5000 inches (±0.003) or 38.10 mm (±0.08)
Composition: 90 percent silver, 10 percent copper
Mintage Limit: 350,000 across all product options

Mercury February 13, 2013 at 12:39 pm

Shawn Thanks for such an in-depth report.

…So then in considering the current sliver market and the fact that this coin is 90% silver what then is the current markup premium that the Mint is asking for this coin.

jimfan0106 February 13, 2013 at 3:04 pm

Remember, each coin contains a $10 surcharge that will benefit the Girl Scouts!, so the coin would have been $44.95

Kevin February 14, 2013 at 1:28 am

I thought the surcharge racket is supposed to end. Or at least tptb had talked about not lining the pockets of the organization being honored, but instead giving it to Uncle Sam. That should make a huge dent in the national debt, now growing at one trillion dollars a year and now without that pesky debt ceiling.

thePhelps February 14, 2013 at 3:49 am

Ok – I am not a fan of that coin. I think it is actually about the ugliest commemorative I have seen, and will fall into the not buying this one category for me.

george glazener February 14, 2013 at 7:56 am

Nope, me either. I’ll save my money for the 5-star Generals.

Shawn February 14, 2013 at 1:12 pm

It has always amazed me that the US can make beautiful coins like the Eagle, Standing Liberty, Peace dollars etc. and then make such ugly commemoratives. You would have to be a girl scout to buy this.

Note to Mercury: 24 grams or 3/4 of an ounce @ 30.25 is approximately 22.60 in spot silver.

Mercury February 14, 2013 at 3:00 pm

Thanks you Shawn for addressing my question and for your insightful obsevation.

Doesee Does February 14, 2013 at 3:59 pm

I hate to agree, but UGLY is only a nice term. This is monstrosity of a design, even the African American girl has been given long hair? Who wears hair like that? Where are the LGBT girl scouts, or the boys who want it as well…fair play as addressed above. Sales est. Prof 65,00 Unc. 12,ooo I buy EVERY silver $ in Unc. but this one will not be bought by me, dont care if it goes to $1,000….YAWN the mint excessive pricing & Congresses unbrifdles PC comems will eventually KILL the program. I still dont get no coin for 100 anniv. of Teddy R’s Bull Mosse campaign….they are getting silly….

thePhelps February 15, 2013 at 3:56 pm

The truly sad thing here is they had a lot of good designs to choose from, and chose a politically correct design. I would have prefered a coin that reflects on the organizations activities and history on the obverse. I think I read somehwere that this is emblematic of its diversity… like they did with the BS coin. I would have thought the BS coin was about the boys in scouts, but that must have just been me.

Ed February 16, 2013 at 10:50 am

Would make a nice cookie cutter though

gregg February 19, 2013 at 12:26 pm

people; I am going to buy one for my 9 year old grand- daughter and I suspect she will probably think it is wonderful! its for the kids so quit whining about the cost/silver content/beauty/??? and let it go!

thePhelps February 20, 2013 at 6:37 am

gregg – these aren’t cookies. These cost $50+ with a portion going to the GS. The fact that the design is so poor to many of us, is going to lead to lower sells and less money for the GS. That is why many of us are disappointed in the quality, and style of the coin. Many who collect these coins, will not be buying these because of the inferior product they are.

Aardvark March 8, 2013 at 2:15 pm

I bought one of these proof coins for my six-year-old niece who is a Daisy. I figure it is something she will appreciate when she is older. I received the coin and was stunned to see scratches on the surface of the coin. It appears as a 1/16″ wide halo along the lower half of the face of the coin. Almost like a suction cup was applied and then twisted while the coin was held in place. Considering what these coins cost, I would have thought they would have taken better care in the manufacturing process. The coin is going back for replacement but I am not optimistic the replacement will be much better. QC has been a big issue the last several years. I agree it is not a great design, but what can you do other than not buy it?

Bob March 10, 2013 at 5:41 pm

Aardvark Thanks for mentioning this…. My Girl Scout coin also has the same imperfection at the same location on the obverse. I was just mentioning that third party coin sales appear to be the next housing bubble and long in need of regulation by someone other than NGC who is all about the profits from mass grading and re grading. Sad to pay double the price of silver for a defect and this will hurt the Girl Scouts – the US Mint is one of the worst business I have ever dealt with………….

Aardvark March 11, 2013 at 7:40 am

That is bad news. I was hoping my coin was unique in regards to the damage. I have already sent it back and have requested a replacement (along with the defective Presidential dollars). If the replacement Girl Scout coin is also damaged, then I think I will be requesting a full refund and look for something else for my niece.

I have to wonder if the U.S. Mint just thinks we are stupid and would not bother examining the merchandise we receive. The seven day return policy is especially galling. It is almost as if they truly know they are sending out defective products and do not want them back. I wouldn’t be surprised if they eventually move to a 24-hour return limit or “all sales final” policy. It will “fun” calling them to claim a $5.15 refund of the return shipping I paid.

Victor March 13, 2013 at 5:04 pm

I’ve heard and read that the mint is delivering “substandard” coins, with what look like either scratches or a ring made by one of the suction devices that pick up the coins.
I have been notified that my coins have been shipped, about 1 1/2 weeks ago, but UPS only has the “heads up” notice from the mint.
Now, today, I received this from the mint:

INFORMATION MEMORANDUM FOR 2013 GIRL SCOUTS COMMEMORATIVE COIN CUSTOMERS

FROM: United States Mint Sales and Marketing Department

SUBJECT: 2013 Girl Scouts Commemorative Silver Dollar Packaging Error

DATE: March 12, 2013

We are contacting you regarding your recent order of the 2013 Girl Scouts of the USA Centennial Silver Dollar.

We have identified a potentially small number of coins that may have been assembled with an incorrect Certificate of Authenticity (COA) and/or product sleeve. Please take a moment to review your 2013 Girl Scout product. If you find that you do not have the correct COA or product sleeve, please give us a call at 1-800-USA-MINT (872-6468) or TTY, 1-888-321-MINT (6468). Replacement COAs and/or sleeves will be sent to you free of charge.

We apologize for any inconvenience and want you to know that we are working diligently to identify and correct the problem that caused the issue. Thank you for your support of the Girl Scouts of the USA Centennial Silver Dollar Coin Program

It looks as if the mint has a quality control problem, of real dynamics. So, how’s that Hope and Change woring out for U.S.?

Aardvark March 15, 2013 at 12:05 pm

I have been notified that my replace coins have shipped. I wait with great trepidation to see if the replace Girl Scout’s coin is damaged too. I still need to call the Mint to get a $5.15 refund on the return postage. If this replacement coin is damaged too it is going back and I am saying the heck with it and asking for a refund. They can sell it to somebody else who is not paying attention to the details (which they probably will).

Victor March 15, 2013 at 12:12 pm

I just got off the phone with the Mint. I was inquiring about my order that has been in “Limbo” since March 5. I had to FAX them a CNR, which I just did, so hopefully I’ll get my coins. Now, the good part. I asked the lady about the damaged coins that were being sent out. She didn’t know about them and asked her supervisor, too. No one has heard anything about this mess up. Looks like they are keeping it under the radar, or you happened to get the only one. I think it’s the former. I now wait with trepidation to see what my coins look like and whether they come in with the correct CoA and box.

Aardvark March 21, 2013 at 5:45 pm

I received my replacement coin today and it had the exact same damage albeit a bit lighter than the original coin. I called the Mint and I talked to a customer service representative. She took down all the details on the damage and said she would pass it up the line for an investigation. I have sent this second coin back and requested a replacement if they can find an undamaged coin or find a solution to the problem and create new undamaged ones.

Honestly, I think most people buying this coin would not notice the damage, especially if they are not collectors and do not examine their purchases carefully. To me, I want a perfect coin with no blemishes. Paying double the bullion price I expect a high quality item. Any grading shop would reject one of these damaged coins.

Aardvark March 30, 2013 at 2:00 pm

Received my third coin today and the same damage. I am tired of this. I really wanted it as a gift but this one is as bad as the first one. I even took pictures with iPhone as the damage is easy to see. It looks like nobody in the fulfillment is reading my notes or investigating this damage. It is a shame because it is the Girl Scout program that will suffer. Somebody at the West Point facility needs to get off their a__ and figure out why the machinery is scratching the coins and fix it.

Aardvark June 14, 2013 at 1:27 pm

I never posted a final status on my Girl Scout Commemorative experience. After receiving the third damaged coin, I wrote a note to the Girl Scouts through their web site to advise of the problem. I received a reply back relatively quickly from the coordinator at the Girl Scouts who then forwarded my information directly to the mint. I was then contacted by a person at the mint who told me they put quality control on the problem and did indeed discover a problem. They offered to hand select a perfect coin from inventory and took back the damaged coin. So after four coins and three return shipments (which I was fully reimbursed for) I wound up with a flawless coin that I gave my niece on her birthday. Just last week, against her parents directives, she took it to to school so she could show it to the members of her Daisy troop. I wasn’t too happy to hear that considering what I went through to get it but it survived and returned home with her.

Mercury June 15, 2013 at 8:03 am

I don’t know Aardvark…? But something tell me that your Girl Scout Commemorative isn’t as flawless as it use to be anymore.

Aardvark June 15, 2013 at 10:43 am

Thankfully the coins is encapsulated in an acrylic holder. Unless she figures out how to open it, which is extremely difficult, the coin should be fine. Of course the holder could get all banged up and scratched but at least that can easily be replaced. Her big question was why are there so many boxes? I bought a gift box to go with the coin. So you have the gift box. Then an inner box (which I did not know about when I ordered coin or I would have skipped the gift box) that is covered with a black cardboard sleeve identifying it as a Girl Scout Commemorative coin. You slide off the sleeve and inside that box is felt covered presentation box that opens like a ring box. The coin rests in its acrylic holder inside that box. It is almost like opening a Matryoshka doll!

Mercury June 15, 2013 at 2:11 pm

It sounds like they’ve invested more time and money in the packaging then the actual production quality of the coin. So did it appear from your end after talking to the Mint that from this point foreword all the rest of the Girl Scout Commemorative orders that are shipped out will be handled in the same manner as the one you were sent? That’s one problem I have with US Mint purchases…I don’t necessary mind paying am the exorbitant premiums if the flawless price tag comes with it. If they can do it for you, it proves that they really can do it for everybody. IMO we really should be getting what we pay for without having to make repeated returns to get the quality we deserve.

Aardvark June 16, 2013 at 12:01 pm

After my complaint through the Girl Scouts, the Mint acknowledged to me they did discover a problem and they were having QC look into it. The fact that I was able to get an undamaged coin either indicates that not all of them being produced were damaged during the initial run or they had already identified and fixed the problem but did not remove the already damaged coins from inventory. I wrote to the Girl Scouts because I could not figure out who to contact at the Mint. I did enclose letters and even pictures of the damage with my returns but nobody appeared to pay any attention. I had provided email and cell phone numbers but nobody ever contacted me. Once I told the Girl Scouts, they used their connections to get the problem resolved.

I wish there was a publicly available QC contact to point out issues like this in order to resolve defects in a timely manner. Since so much of the manufacturing is automated, it is highly doubtful a human ever looked at most of these coins prior to my escalated complaint. I have seen movies of the manufacturing process of other coins and basically inspection is all automated with a computer scanning an image of each coin looking for problems. This damage was so subtle, unless viewed from certain angles, that I am sure the computer missed it. It wasn’t until I held the coin and happened to tilt it slightly that the scratches became quite apparent.

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