HomeUS Coins2017-P Boys Town Centennial Uncirculated Silver Dollar : A Collector's Guide

2017-P Boys Town Centennial Uncirculated Silver Dollar : A Collector’s Guide

2017-P Boys Town Centennial Uncirculated Silver Dollar. Image: CoinWeek.
2017-P Boys Town Centennial Uncirculated Silver Dollar. Image: CoinWeek.

What Is Boys Town, and Why Did the Mint Create a Commemorative Coin to Honor It?

The non-profit organization Boys Town, dedicated to helping at-risk youth and made famous by the 1938 movie of the same name, is commemorated on a clad half dollar, a silver dollar, and a $5 gold coin celebrating the centennial of its founding in 1917. Father Edward Flanagan established the charity’s main focus to provide a safe refuge for wayward boys. Significantly, Boys Town was open to boys of all races and religions. By 1921, Boys Town had more than 100 residents, and Father Flanagan moved his facility to Overlook Farm just outside of Omaha, Nebraska, to continue expanding his mission.

By the late 1930s, the unique organization had attracted national attention, spawning the popular Spencer Tracy film, which also starred a young Mickey Rooney. Soon after World War II, President Harry Truman asked Father Flanagan to advise leaders in areas overseas on how to address the needs of war orphans and displaced children properly.

Flanagan died in 1948, but his mission, which he called “God’s Work,” continued. By the 1980s, Boys Town had assisted boys and girls throughout the United States, and today, it has touched more than two million lives annually.

The 100th anniversary of Boys Town prompted Nebraska representative Jeff Fortenberry (R-NE1) to propose a commemorative coin bill that was later enacted on July 6, 2015. The law approved the production of no more than 350,000 silver dollars in uncirculated and Proof finishes. In addition to the one-dollar coins, the Boys Town commemorative coin program also calls for producing no more than 300,000 copper-nickel clad half dollars and 50,000 $5 gold coins. Surcharges benefit Boys Town.

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Market Data and Noteworthy Specimens

The Boys Town program as a whole underperformed United States Mint and sponsor expectations. The 2017-S uncirculated half dollar was the top seller in the uncirculated format with 15,561 coins distributed, while the 2017-P silver dollar Proof was the most popular of the coins with a Proof finish, selling 31,648. The 2017-P Boys Town Centennial Uncirculated silver dollar sold just 12,307 pieces of an authorized mintage of 350,000 coins. Coin submission numbers from NGC and PCGS also echo a lack of resale interest in the program.

In the aftermarket, the 2017-P Boys Town uncirculated coin sells for $50 to $65 at online shopping venues like eBay. It is not often offered by major coin-grading auction companies. Outside of its bullion value, current interest in the coin is limited within the numismatic industry. As a graded coin, the MS69 price is roughly the same as the cost of the coin in its original government packaging. The Terminal Point for the 2017-P Boys Town dollar is MS70.

NGC has graded far more Boys Town uncirculated dollar coins than PCGS, with over 600 examples earning the MS70 grade. As of April 2024, the number of coins at PCGS in the same grade is a few shy of 100.

Top PopulationPCGS MS70 (95, 4/2024), NGC MS70 (606, 4/2024), and CAC None Graded (0:0 stickered:graded, 4/2024).

  • NGC MS70 #4723972-012: eBay, February 19, 2024 – $138.88.
  • NGC MS70 #4649951-109: eBay, February 3, 2024 – $75.
  • PCGS MS70 #35282235: eBay, January 28, 2024 – $99.
  • NGC MS70 #4599064-023: eBay, January 17, 2024 – $71.

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The Boys Town silver dollar features a solitary young girl sitting on the bare ground staring up at a tree branch. She is gazing upward as if seeking help. Tufts of grass are growing on the right side of the obverse field, which is visually divided into upper and lower sections. The upper portion, containing the visage of the young girl, has the lone inscription BOYS TOWN running along the upper center of the obverse along the rim. The tree branch divides the words BOYS and TOWN. On the bottom right of the upper design segment, near the grass, is the coin’s “P” mintmark, indicating that it was struck at the Philadelphia Mint.

The lower segment of the coin, which consumes the bottom third of the obverse, includes the phrase “When you help a child today…” the motto finished on the reverse with “you write the history of tomorrow.” The inscriptions IN GOD WE TRUST, LIBERTY, and 1917-2017 continue in three horizontal lines of text below the previous phrase. On either side of LIBERTY are the initials “ESD” (left) for obverse designer Emily Damstra and “JFM” (right) for sculptor Joseph Menna.


2017 Boys Town Dollar ReverseThe reverse of the Boys Town silver dollar is anchored by five children, including the girl seen on the obverse, striding hand in hand from left to right under a grand oak tree. The massive tree and its graceful canopy, which symbolize shelter, consume the bulk of the upper two-thirds of the reverse. Under the plane of the main design feature are the words “…you write the history of tomorrow,” which is the continuation of the obverse phrase “When you help a child today…”.

The inscriptions UNITED STATES OF AMERICA, ONE DOLLAR, and E PLURIBUS UNUM, appear in three horizontal lines of text toward the bottom center of the reverse. Damstra designed the reverse, and Menna sculpted it; their initials “ESD” and “JFM” are seen on the reverse as well, to the left and right (respectively) of the denomination inscription ONE DOLLAR.


The edge of the 2017 Boys Town Centennial silver dollar is reeded.


Emily Damstra has worked as a freelance science illustrator in a variety of media. She has a Masters in Fine Arts in Science Illustration from the University of Michigan and has designed several coins for the Royal Canadian Mint (View Designer’s Profile).

United States Chief Engraver Joseph Menna has more than three dozen coin and medal designs to his credit since joining the Mint in 2005 (View Designer’s Profile).

Coin Specifications

Country: United States of America
Year Of Issue: 2017
Denomination: One Dollar (USD)
Mint Mark: P (Philadelphia)
Mintage: 12,307 of 350,000 Authorized
Alloy: 90% Silver, 10% Copper
Weight: 26.73 g
Diameter: 38.10 mm
Thickness: 2.50 mm
Edge: Reeded
OBV Designer: Emily Damstra | Joseph Menna
REV Designer: Emily Damstra | Joseph Menna
Quality: Uncirculated


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  1. Why is there a girl on the coin? Don’t girls already have an overabundance of support organizations catering to them alone? Where are the safe spaces for boys? Who designed this offensive coin? I’m so sick of this country.


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