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Did You Know?
America Honors Scouting
With Centennial Coin, Stamp
If it seems as if the whole country is getting involved in
Scouting’s 100th Anniversary, OK, maybe it is. Two great
“birthday presents” for Scouting appear this year—a Scout
stamp and an official Scout coin.
As a result of a bill sponsored by U. S. Rep. Pete Sessions
of Texas, the U. S. Mint will initially produce 350,000
silver-dollar coins to commemorate the centennial. The mint
turns out only two commemorative coins each year. A $10
surcharge on each coin will raise $3.5
million for the BSA Foundation, which
will support extending Scouting in
hard-to-serve areas.
The obverse (heads side)
design of the coin depicts a Cub
Scout in the foreground with a Boy
Scout and female Venturer in the
background saluting. The Venturer
represents how BSA has evolved
over the past century to
serve all the youth of America, includ-
ing girls.uni00A0The reverse (tails) design
features the BSA emblem and
these inscriptions: United States of
America, Boy Scouts of America,
Be Prepared, E Pluribus Unum,
and One Dollar. The coin is due out
March 23. Get it from the U.S. Mint
at catalog.usmint.gov.
The new 44-cent postage stamp, the
“Celebrate Scouting” stamp, will be issued at the centennial
jamboree in July at Fort AP Hill, Va. The stamp, designed by
California artist Craig Frazier, depicts a modern Scout
standing on a rocky summit, sil-
houetted against the shadow of
a classic Scout peering through
binoculars.
As any serious philatelist
knows, the centennial stamp
won’t mark the first time
Scouting has been honored
this way. Other stamps have
appeared in the past, most
notably for the 40th, 50th,
and 75th anniversaries of
the BSA.
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