The United States 2017 silver $1 coin will recognize the 100th anniversary of the founding of Lions Clubs International. It was during the 99th annual convention of the charitable organization, held this year in Fukuoka Japan, that the designs for the commemorative coin was officially unveiled.
According to Public Law 112-181, The Lions Clubs International Century of Service Commemora
tive Coin Act, the United States Mint is authorized to mint no more than 400 000 silver $1 coins of this design.
The obverse design features a three-quarter portrait of founder Melvin Jones to the right. The Lions Clubs International logo appears in the background, to the left of the design. Inscriptions on the obverse are "LIBERTY," "IN GOD WE TRUST," "MELVIN JONES," "FOUNDER," and "2017." The obverse of the coin was designed by United States Mint Artistic Infusion Program (AIP) Designer Joel Iskowitz and will be sculpted by United States Mint Sculptor-Engraver Joseph Menna.
The reverse of the commemorative coin design depicts a male lion in the mid distance. A female lion with a lion cub are in the foreground, the three lions are all facing to the left of the design. The small pride are superimposed over a globe in the background. Inscriptions include "UNITED STATES OF AMERICA," "$1," "E PLURIBUS UNUM," and "CELEBRATING 100 YEARS OF SERVICE." The reverse was designed by AIP Designer Patricia Lucas-Morris and sculpted by United States Mint Sculptor-Engraver Don Everhart.
The Lions Clubs International Century of Service Commemorative Coin Act allows for a surcharge of $10 to be added to the sale price of each coin. Those funds are to be donated to the Lions Clubs International Foundation to further their programs in the United States and abroad.
Some of the activities that the Lions Club International are involved in includes investing in adaptive technologies for the disabled as well as outreach programs for the youth and those affected by major disasters.
Additional information about this coin will be released by the United States Mint closer to it's actual release in 2017, WNN will be sure to bring you all the news as it unfolds.