In 2010 the US Congress authorized the minting of a silver dollar to commemorate the 100th anniversary of the founding of the Boy Scout Organization in the United States. 2010 is the centennial year of the Boys Scouts of America, though the international movement actually began a few years earlier with the establishment of the Scout organization in Great Britain by retired British General Lord Baden Powell.
As with most recent Commemoratives, the Mint struck these dollars in both Proof and Uncirculated finish, with a total authorized mintage of 350,000 coins and 349,983 coins actually minted. The design as described below on the mint web site has raised some controversy for the inclusion of the figure of a female “Venture Scout” On the obverse. Even though the scouting program has been open to female members ages 14 to 18 since the mid 1970s, first as members of the “Explore Scout” Program and more recently as members of the Venture Scout program.
From the Mint Web site:
“The obverse (heads side) design depicts a Cub Scout in the foreground with a Boy Scout and female Venturer in the background saluting. Inscriptions are CONTINUING THE JOURNEY, 1910, 2010, IN GOD WE TRUST and LIBERTY. This design represents the Boy Scouts of America of today, as the organization has recognized the need to include other programs for younger boys (cub scouts) and older boys and girls (venturers), reflecting the great diversity of our nation. It is a dramatic representation of how the Boy Scouts of America has evolved over the past century to form a strong foundation of leadership, service, and community for all the youth of America.
The reverse (tails) design features the Boy Scouts of America's universal emblem. Inscriptions are UNITED STATES OF AMERICA, BOY SCOUTS OF AMERICA, BE PREPARED, E PLURIBUS UNUM and ONE DOLLAR"
Note that the BSA universal symbol mentioned in this description is a stylized Eagle, with a Union Shield over its breast, Rampant over the scout Trefoil (symbolizing a compass needle pointing the scout in the right direction), with two stars under the eagles wings (symbolizing Truth & Knowledge). This symbol is used on many of the scout rank badges (Tenderfoot, First Class, Star and Life in particular)
General Market Notes
The sale of these coins started on 3/23/2010. The total mintage sold out in a little over 6 weeks. The secondary market has been strong with many examples available at coin shows and on e-bay. Final mintage numbers should be announces soon, but it looks like they are about 1/3 uncirculated and 2/3 proof.