The United States Mint and Lions Clubs International will draw attention to one of next year’s commemorative coins by ceremoniously striking one at the Philadelphia Mint on Nov. 9.
Public Law 112-181, the Lions Clubs International Century of Service Commemorative Coin Act, authorizes the U.S. Mint to produce and sell up to 400,000 silver dollars with designs emblematic of the centennial of Lions Clubs International.
Participants at the private striking ceremony will include:
- Rhett Jeppson, U.S. Mint Principal Deputy Director;
- Marc Landry, Philadelphia Mint plant superintendent; and
- J. Frank Moore III, chairman of the Lions Clubs International Centennial Committee.
Designs for the commemorative coin were unveiled in June at the Lions Clubs International’s 99th annual convention in Fukuoka, Japan. Coin obverses (heads side) feature a portrait of founder Melvin Jones paired with the Lions Clubs International logo. Joel Iskowitz created the artwork and Joseph Menna sculpted it.
Designed by Patricia Lucas-Morris and sculpted by Don Everhart, the silver dollar’s reverse (tails side) depicts a male and female lion with a lion cub superimposed over a globe.
Collector proof and uncirculated editions will be produced at the U.S. Mint in Philadelphia. They will be available to the public beginning in January 2017.
Their pricing will include a $10 surcharge, mandated by Public Law 112-181, to be paid to the Lions Clubs International Foundation to further its programs for the blind and visually impaired in the United States and abroad; invest in adaptive technologies for the disabled; and invest in youth and those affected by a major disaster.