Boys Town Coin Images and Product Options Unveiled

by Mike Unser on February 24, 2017 · 14 comments

The United States Mint published images, product options, and limits for upcoming coins and a companion set that commemorate the 100th anniversary of Boys Town.

2017 Boys Town Centennial Commemorative Coins

Images of Boys Town Centennial Commemorative Coins

Founded by Father Edward Flanagan in 1917, Boys Town is one of the largest non-profit organizations in the country, dedicated to serving at-risk children and families of all backgrounds and religions.

Six coins will be released in all, plus a three-coin proof set. They launch on Mar. 9, 2017 at prices ranging from $20.95 to the mid to upper $400s, with the more expensive products depending on a weekly average of gold. Options include up to:

  • 50,000 proof and uncirculated $5 gold coins;
  • 350,000 proof and uncirculated silver dollars;
  • 300,000 proof and uncirculated clad half-dollars; and
  • 15,000 three-coin proof sets.

Containing a proof edition of each commemorative coin, the three-coin proof set will be further limited to two sets per household.

2017 Boys Town Centennial Three-Coin Proof Set

U.S. Mint image of the Boys Town Three-Coin Proof Set

Below are images and descriptions for the six commemorative coins.

$5 Gold Coins

Gold coin obverses offer a portrait of Father Edward Flanagan.

2017-W $5 Proof Boys Town Centennial Gold Coin

2017-W $5 Proof Boys Town Centennial Gold Coin

2017-W $5 Uncirculated Boys Town Centennial Gold Coin

2017-W $5 Uncirculated Boys Town Centennial Gold Coin

Reverses shows a young oak tree growing from an acorn, which stands for the potential in each child helped by Boys Town to grow into a productive citizen.

Gold Obverse
Designer: Donna Weaver
Engraver: Don Everhart

Gold Reverse
Designer: Donna Weaver
Engraver: Jim Licaretz

Silver Dollars

Silver coin obverses depict a girl sitting alone and gazing upward into the branches of an oak tree looking for help.

2017-P Proof Boys Town Centennial Silver Dollar

2017-P Proof Boys Town Centennial Silver Dollar

2017-P Uncirculated Boys Town Centennial Silver Dollar

2017-P Uncirculated Boys Town Centennial Silver Dollar

Silver dollar reverses depict an oak tree offering shelter and a sense of belonging to the family holding hands below it.

Silver Obverse
Designer: Emily Damstras
Engraver: Joseph Menna

Silver Reverse
Designer: Emily Damstras
Engraver: Joseph Menna

Clad Half Dollars

Clad half-dollar obverses feature an older brother holding the hand of his younger brother and walking towards Father Flanagan’s home in 1917.

2017-S Proof Boys Town Centennial Half-Dollar

2017-S Proof Boys Town Centennial Half-Dollar

2017-D Uncirculated Boys Town Centennial Half-Dollar

2017-D Uncirculated Boys Town Centennial Half-Dollar

Half-dollar reverses depict a present-day Boys Town neighborhood of homes where children are educated and nurtured by caring families. Out of these homes come young adults who graduate from high school and the Boys Town program.

Clad Obverse
Designer: Chris Costello
Engraver: Renata Gordon

Clad Reverse
Designer: Chris Costello
Engraver: Phebe Hemphill

Congress authorizes two commemorative coin programs every year to honor American people, places, events, or institutions. The U.S. Mint earlier released this year’s first commemorative coins for Lions Clubs International.

{ 14 comments… read them below or add one }

jim February 24, 2017 at 9:23 am

Mike –
I think you meant 350,000 for the silver coin not 35,000, although 35,000 is probably closer to reality.
– jim

Seth Riesling February 24, 2017 at 9:27 am

Mike Unser –

Thanks for the update. Your mintage numbers have a typo: “50,0000” instead of 50,000 & “35,000” instead of 350,000.
US Mint AIP artist Chris Costello who designed both sides of the Boys Town clad half dollar recently won an open design contest for Kagin’s official 2017 March ANA auction catalog cover artwork & won the $5,000 prize! Nice money for one day of work on a graphic design using computer software!


Mike Unser ( February 24, 2017 at 9:39 am

Thank you! The zero’s are fixed.

Christopher Williams February 24, 2017 at 7:49 pm

Thank you for this update, Mike.

yorbasasa February 26, 2017 at 3:39 pm

I saw at Ebay presale price for silver $65. Will this coin sold out within 5 minutes ?
350k is very low mintage

Dustyroads February 26, 2017 at 4:19 pm


Assuming you are serious about your question, no.

US Mint commemorative coins are struggling at the moment with popularity among today’s demographic of buyers. They were very popular from the very first release date until the late 2000’s when mintage numbers began to drop off. One might surmise that the collectors who once purchased these have either been priced out, or simply stopped collecting. I believe the present demographic of buyer is demanding a better deal than what they are getting for 90% fine coins. Until their costs get a little closer to spot price of metal, we will not see them selling in high numbers.

Christopher Williams February 26, 2017 at 5:31 pm

It will never sell out.

Christopher Williams February 26, 2017 at 5:32 pm

I meant to write “They will never sell out.”

Seth Riesling February 26, 2017 at 6:10 pm

Christopher Williams –

I agree with you totally. Unfortunately, most Americans have never heard of Boys Town, Nebraska (unless they saw the old b&w movie about Father Flanagan). Last year’s Mark Twin & NPS commemorative coins didn’t come close to selling out & Twain”s books have been translated into about 70 languages & he is known worldwide! Sad, but this great charity will probably not see a cent in surcharges from this coin program.


Christopher Williams February 26, 2017 at 7:33 pm


The Mark Twain coins are gorgeous, but still, never sold out.

You would think by now, the US Mint would lower production.

They are also trying to sell too many coins. Just too many.

Seth Riesling February 26, 2017 at 10:06 pm

Christopher Williams –

So true! Last week’s US Mint sales report had 255 different products! Some items from 2007 forward are still available. Time for a clearance sale! LOL

Happy collecting!


a Bob February 27, 2017 at 11:22 am

Better designs and an increase in silver will help but the CCAC doesn’t have the guts to to say start over. At lease congress will allow higher silver content in future programs.
I would be shocked if any surcharges make it to the recipient organizations from either program this year.

jim February 27, 2017 at 11:24 am

Christopher – IF mint management had any brains (that’s a big IF these days) they would only mint enough coins to meet demand and not the maximum the law states. After all it’s the number of coins sold that determines their rarity, not the maximum allowed.

Seth – I’m not sure about a clearance sale but in my opinion no coins should be sold or orders taken for past the year that’s on the coin. That may be a little harsh for collectors who are too lazy to buy coins in their mint year but they’ll learn quick enough.

Silgold February 28, 2017 at 12:56 am

How many coin need to make for break even ? anyone know ? We need more people for numismatics. Otherwise , coin will be replace by plastic card or Phone pay .

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