By Hubert Walker for CoinWeek …..
 

On Wednesday, November 9, 2016, at its main production facility in Philadelphia, the United States Mint held a special ceremony for the first strike of the 2017 Lions Clubs International Centennial commemorative silver dollar coin.

CoinWeek was on hand to film the event in high-definition.

According to the Mint’s Principal Deputy Director Rhett Jeppson, “Service is a core value of the Mint, and the Lions Clubs is one of the best examples of service not only here in the United States, but across the world.”

He was joined at the ceremony by James Franklin Moore, III, chairperson of the Lions Clubs International Centennial Committee. It was Moore who struck the first Proof silver coin of the commemorative’s run during the ceremony. “Lions Clubs International is honored to be among a relatively few organizations to be included in the United States Mint commemorative coin program,” he said. “This is a wonderful way to mark our 100 years of global humanitarian service.”

The U.S. Mint is authorized under Public Law 112-181 to strike and sell up to 400,000 silver dollar coins with designs “emblematic of the Lions Clubs International centennial”. The obverse features Lions Clubs founder Melvin Jones and the intriguingly mythological Lions Clubs International logo. Inscriptions include LIBERTY, the national motto IN GOD WE TRUST, MELVIN JONES,
FOUNDER, and 2017. United States Mint Artistic Infusion Program (AIP) designer Joel Iskowitz (View Designer’s Profile) created the artwork on the front and United States Mint Sculptor-Engraver Joseph Menna (View Designer’s Profile) engraved it.

The reverse shows a male and female lion pair along with their cub – all superimposed over a globe. Inscriptions include UNITED STATES OF AMERICA, $1, E PLURIBUS UNUM, and CELEBRATING 100 YEARS OF SERVICE. AIP designer Patricia Lucas-Morris and Sculptor-Engraver Don Everhart (View Designer’s Profile) are responsible for this side.

A $10 surcharge will be added to the price of every Lions Clubs International Centennial Silver Dollar; this surcharge will go to the Lions Clubs International Foundation to help fund its work for the blind and visually impaired in America and around the world. it will also help the charity invest in new technology to assist the disabled and fund disaster relief efforts by the foundation.

The coin’s release date and retail price are yet to be announced, but according to a tentative schedule presented by the Mint at the October United States Mint stakeholders’ forum, expect the commemorative to be available for order sometime in the first three months of 2017. Lions Clubs International, one of the largest humanitarian organizations of its kind in the world, will celebrate its centennial on June 7.
 


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