I don't usually have or take the time to comment on new coin designs from the U.S. Mint, but one coin caught my eye this week - the approved designs for the 2010 Boy Scouts of America Centennial Silver Dollar.
I like it, although I wonder if the obverse is TOO detailed and reverse has too little detail. Both LOOK great on paper (to me, anyway), but the true test is in how the final minted coins look in person.
The obverse depicts a Cub Scout in the foreground with a Boy Scout and female Venturer in the background saluting. Inscriptions include CONTINUING THE JOURNEY, 1910, 2010, IN GOD WE TRUST and LIBERTY. It was designed by Artistic Infusion Program Master Designer Donna Weaver and engraved by US Mint Sculptor-Engraver Charles Vickers.
The reverse features the universal emblem of the Boy Scouts of America. Inscriptions include UNITED STATES OF AMERICA, BOY SCOUTS OF AMERICA, BE PREPARED, E PLURIBUS UNUM and ONE DOLLAR. It was sculpted by US Mint Sculptor-Engraver Jim Licaretz.
The politically correct composition of the obverse figures of different races and genders is fine, but the inclusion of a girl on a Boy Scouts coin will cause some to wonder. It reminds me of the inevitable composition of corporate advertisements and brochures, and television show casts.
It also brought back the memory of a time in high school and an old TV show. A couple friends and I were walking down a city street one evening, and coming towards us were a group of three teenagers running - one white boy, one black boy, one white girl. My friend looked at them and said, "Dig it - The Mod Squad!". All six of us cracked up. (I guess you had to be there).
Wayne Homren, Editor
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