This article presents photos of proof and uncirculated 2017-P Lions Clubs International Centennial Silver Dollars.
On Wednesday, Jan. 18, the United States Mint started selling silver dollars commemorating the 100th anniversary of the founding of Lions Clubs International, the world’s largest service organization. In a brisk turnaround, early buyers started receiving their ordered coins by Thursday. We have some photos of those we bought.
Available in proof and uncirculated collector qualities, a maximum of 400,000 may be sold during calendar year 2017. Their first-day sales reached 19,244 for the proof and 5,926 for the uncirculated for a combined 25,170 coins. The total sold hit 30,456 by Sunday, Jan. 22, with splits of 23,349 for the proof and 7,107 for the uncirculated.
Proof coins carry frosted designs that attractively contrast against backgrounds that are mirror-like. They tend to be more popular than uncirculated coins which have more of a standard appearance. The following sets of photos show both types. In the first photo, the proof is to the left. You can see the mirrored qualities as it reflects colors from its presentation case.
As the photos show, the two commemorative coins share designs. Their obverses (heads) offer a portrait of founder Melvin Jones paired with the organization’s logo. Their reverses (tails) depict a male and female lion with a lion cub superimposed over a globe.
Available at discounted prices until Feb. 21, with the proof $47.95 and the uncirculated $46.95, place orders using the U.S. Mint’s online commemorative page.
Here are some larger CoinNews photos of a proof dollar:
Finally, here are some larger CoinNews photos of an uncirculated dollar: