The weaving of thoughts, cultures, and ideas into one American fabric is stamped into our National identity – E Pluribus Unum, "Out of Many, One."

This year the United States Mint will inscribe that phrase onto a new commemorative coin that honors the centennial of the Boy Scouts of America. Beginning March 23, 2010 the United States Mint will make available for sale 350,000 high quality, modern issue, commemorative silver dollar coins.

Like the inscription on the coin, the BSA gathers together youth from all backgrounds. So, it is fitting that the surcharges from the sale of each coin are authorized for use to benefit the BSA National Foundation in its efforts to bring Scouting to underserved communities. Surcharges for the coin sales may generate up to $3.5 million for this very worthy cause. For the first thirty days the proof coin will be offered at $39.95 and the uncirculated coin will be offered at $33.95, after which the prices will be $43.95 and $35.95, respectively.

Judge William S. Sessions, former Director of the Federal Bureau of Investigation and Distinguished Eagle Scout, is the Honorary Chairman of the BSA’s initiative to promote the Boy Scouts of America Centennial Silver Dollar. Judge Sessions’ son Congressman Pete Sessions of Dallas, Texas, also a Distinguished Eagle Scout, introduced and championed the legislation that authorized the BSA to be one of the two commemorative coins produced by the United States Mint in 2010.

This limited quantity of coins is expected to sell fast! While orders cannot be placed in advance, beginning at noon (ET) on March 23, 2010 orders can be placed through the United States Mint at www.usmint.gov or at 1-800-USA-MINT.

Learn more about the Boy Scouts of America Centennial Silver Dollar at the United States Mint web site.

Scouting builds: character, leadership, achievement, service to others and appreciation for the outdoors. Be a Scout! Do you have Scouting stories?  Let us know! Re-connect and re-engage with Scouting at www.BSAalumni.org

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