The commemorative 2017 Lions Club International "Century Of Service" Silver Dollar from the US Mint honors the humanitarian organization's 100th anniversary.
Struck to the same specifications that US silver dollars have used since 1840, the Lions Club silver dollar contains 90% silver and 10% copper, to better cope with handling. With a total weight of 26.73 grams, it has an actual silver weight ASW) of .77344 troy ounces, the same as a Morgan or Peace dollar.
The obverse, designed by Joel Iskowitz and sculpted by US Mint Sculptor-Engraver Joseph Menna, features a three-quarter portrait of Lions Club founder Melvin Jones, in front of the Lions Club International logo. Next to his visage is the legend "Melvin Jones - Founder". LIBERTY is inscribed along the top rim, while IN GOD WE TRUST and the year-date 2017 appear along the bottom rim.
The reverse was designed by Patricia Lucas-Morris, and sculpted by US Mint Sculptor-Engraver Don Everhart II. It portrays a lion family in front of a globe, to signify the global humanitarian efforts of Lions Club International. The lion represents the male members of the Lions Club. The female lion symbolizes Lioness Club members, founded in 1975 (Women have been allowed membership in Lions Club chapters since 1987), and the cub refers to the Leo Clubs that were founded for minors in 1957.
The outer rim is emblazoned with UNITED STATES OF AMERICA and 100 YEARS OF SERVICE. The motto E PLURIBUS UNUM is inscribed along the inner rim, underneath the lion family.
This is the first time a lion has appeared on US legal tender coins. This fact, and the beautiful artwork of the reverse guarantees interest from collectors other than Lions Club members. $10 from the sale of each Lions Club Century of Service Silver Dollar goes to the Lions Club International Foundation, to support their charitable work.
About Lions Club International:
Since its formation on June 7, 1917, the Lions Club has grown to over 46,000 clubs worldwide, with a membership of over 1.35 million people. The focus of Lions Club International is simple: making a positive contribution to each chapter's local community.
LCI received an additional focus in 1925, when Helen Keller addressed their annual convention, asking them to become the "knights of the blind in the crusade against darkness." In 1971, Lions Club International proclaimed June 1 "Helen Keller Day." On that day, chapters around the world implement sight-related projects.
Lions Club members have included polar explorer Admiral Richard E Byrd, pilot Amelia Earhart (honorary), and US President Jimmy Carter.
The Lions Club International Foundation was founded in 1968 to help large scale and global humanitarian efforts by its member chapters. These efforts have included earthquake and tsunami relief. The Foundation has awarded more than 11,000 grants worldwide, totaling over $826 million. Most of this money comes from Lions Club chapters and individual Lions Club members, with the rest from corporate and charitable donations.
All administrative and fundraising costs for the Foundation are paid from investment income. This means that 100% of all donations to the LCIF go to humanitarian efforts around the world. The Lions Club International Foundation was rated the #1 NGO to partner with by the Financial Times, and was been award a four star ranking by Charity Navigator four times in a row for its fiscal management and transparency.
|Actual Metal Weight:||0.0249 ozt|
|Face Value:||1 Dollar|
|Mint:||United States Mint|
|Obverse Designer:||Joel Iskowitz and Joseph F Menna|
|Reverse Designer:||Patricia Lucas-Morris and Donald Everhart II|