2015 March of Dimes Silver Dollar Designs Unveiled

by Mike Unser on October 30, 2014 · 6 comments

Today, Oct 30, 2014, the March of Dimes Foundation and the United States Mint revealed designs for the commemorative 2015 March of Dimes Silver Dollar.

2015 March of Dimes Silver Dollar Commemorative Coin Designs

2015 March of Dimes Silver Dollar Commemorative Coin Designs

Up to 500,000 of the silver dollars are authorized by the March of Dimes Commemorative Coin Act, Public Law 112-209, to celebrate the Foundation’s 75th anniversary. The commemorative coins will be offered next year in collectible finishes of proof and uncirculated.

Established on Jan. 3, 1938 by President Franklin D. Roosevelt, the then named National Foundation for Infantile Paralysis was created to combat the polio epidemic. Now called the March of Dimes in remembrance of public fund-raising campaigns to contribute dimes for support, the Foundation’s mission has refocused as it works to reduce the incidence of preterm birth, infant mortality, birth defects, and lifelong disabilities and disorders.

Obverse and reverse designs were selected by the Deputy Secretary of the Treasury on July 21, 2014 after consulting with the March of Dimes Foundation and the United States Mint and considering design recommendations from the Commission of Fine Arts and Citizens Coinage Advisory Committee.

Designed by Artistic Infusion Program artist Paul C. Balan with U.S. Mint Sculptor-Engraver Michael Gaudioso to complete its sculpting, the obverse or heads side depicts a double portrait of President Franklin D. Roosevelt and Dr. Jonas Salk. This design was one of those favored by the March of Dimes and it was recommended by the Citizens Coinage Advisory Committee.

Obverse Design for 2015 March of Dimes Silver Dollar Commemorative Coin

Obverse design for 2015 March of Dimes Silver Dollar Commemorative Coin

FDR founded the Foundation while Dr. Jonas Salk discovered and developed the first successful anti-polio vaccine. Inscriptions to the right of the pair are LIBERTY and IN GOD WE TRUST. Centered below is the year of the coins’ issue, 2015.

Reverses depict a baby sleeping peacefully in the hand of its parent, representing the Foundation’s present and future mission of advancing work that supports healthy pregnancies and addresses prematurity. The design was also one of those favored by the March of Dimes and it was a contender for the Commission of Fine Arts.

Reverse Design for 2015 March of Dimes Silver Dollar Commemorative Coin

Reverse design for 2015 March of Dimes Silver Dollar Commemorative Coin

Created by U.S. Mint Sculptor-Engraver Don Everhart who will also sculpt it, inscriptions around the design read: UNITED STATES OF AMERICA, MARCH OF DIMES, $1 and E PLURIBUS UNUM. As requested by the Foundation, MARCH OF DIMES replaced the original candidate inscription of CELEBRATING 75 YEARS.

Coins will be struck in 90% silver and 10% copper, weigh 26.730 grams and have a diameter of 1.500 inches.

Details like the release date and introductory and regular pricing have yet to be announced. Pricing of the coins will include a surcharge of $10 per coin for the Foundation to help finance research, education, and services aimed at improving the health of women, infants, and children.

For more information about the coins, also check out the U.S. Mint background page found here.

{ 6 comments… read them below or add one }

Kevin October 31, 2014 at 1:48 am

I’m sure this cause is a worthy cause, just like all the others. Wasn’t there supposed to be a change made in not having a hefty premium added to benefit the worthy cause?

Floyd Skutnik November 2, 2014 at 8:14 pm

Is the premium tax deductible?

Kevin November 3, 2014 at 12:16 am

Seems like a tax deductible donation to me, but I don’t give tax advice. đŸ™‚

You can’t even say that gains on the sale of coins (remember what profits are?) are capital gains, subject to lower taxes than income taxes. They are taxed as collectibles with no tax break at all.

Seems like Somebody wants to discourage the public from collecting gold and silver coins. Surely not.

dinnis November 3, 2014 at 6:28 pm

I am not buying the silver dollar because it is inappropriate to have a full view of Roosevelt taking up a big part of the obverse. Salk and Sabin are good. We could have had microscopes and doctors and other designs.
Does the baby on the obverse represent polio virus ad vaccine- is having a baby very specific for the polio vaccine.
I guess I do not think like the Mint does.
We could have had exciting engraving with doctor and microscope among other designs but now we get two figures taking up the obverse and a baby taking up the reverse
where does it indicate anything about the hunt to prevent polio

dinnis November 3, 2014 at 6:34 pm

I have had enough of Roosevelt images. It was the researchers and assistants and lung specialists and rehab workers who did he most.
I have had to look at Roosevelt on dimes for over 63 years ad I am tired of it.
This coin is dull but I am sure that the bear and bunny crowd will ooh and ah with having a baby taking up most of the reverse.
What about all those who helped put March of Dimes together- US Mint and its politically correct advisors seem to give Roosevelt all the credit. Every time Mint bows to political correctness, the coins bomb such as the Girl Scout silver dollar.
I am not buying this one.

Annie January 21, 2015 at 1:00 pm

I like the obverse design. But for commemorative coins. You gonna lose a lot of money. Common one buying at less than $16.00. See the different.,

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