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2017 U.S. Boys Town Commemorative Proof 3-Pc Set
Commemorating a Century of Hope for Children and Families!
Hooligans. Troublemakers. Urchins.
In the early part of the 20th century, these were the names for the homeless, abandoned and troubled youth of America. In many eyes, reform schools were seen as their only destination, where vicious cycles of cruel treatment and rebellious behavior would send children deeper into delinquency. It took the vision of one man and his heartfelt belief that "there are no bad boys . . . only bad environment, bad training, bad example, bad thinking" to break patterns built over generations. With $90, Father Flanagan opened his Home for Boys in downtown Omaha, Nebraska in 1917. Accepting boys of all races and creeds, Father Flanagan's work would expand, moving to Overlook Farm in 1921. This parcel of land would grow into a sprawling village, today known as Boys Town.
". . . the work will continue . . . whether I am there or not, because it is God's work, not mine."
A century later, the loving work begun by Father Flanagan has grown into one of the largest youth organizations in the world with 12 Boys Town sites across the country. The lives of tens of thousands of boys and girls have been redirected and enriched by Boys Town's residential programs. In addition, over two million children are reached every year through the charity's family services, educational resources and medical research -- in person, over the phone and online. It's a culture of selflessness and understanding, all built on a cornerstone of faith and love.
Three Visions of Hope in One Stunning Set!
The United States Mint is celebrating the momentous 100th anniversary of the founding of Boys Town with the release of this 2017 Boys Town Commemorative 3-Piece Proof Set. Each proof in this set provides a special artistic vision of the past, present and future of this important organization.
- Struck in 90% pure gold at the West Point Mint, the five dollar proof features a portrait of Father Flanagan on the obverse with a small oak tree growing from an acorn on the obverse.
- The one dollar proof in this set comes from the Philadelphia Mint. Produced in 90% silver, Father Flanagan's quote "when you help a child today, you write the history of tomorrow" is illustrated by a single girl looking for hope on one side and a united family under a mighty oak tree on the other.
- Finally, the 50 cent clad proof from the San Francisco Mint depicts the famous 1940s image of two brothers walking towards the Boys Town pylon, accompanied on the reverse with one of the houses of Boys Town crowned by four of the program's thousands of graduates.
These legal tender commemorative coins will arrive to you in proof condition, exactly as they left the U.S. Mint, with gorgeous mirrored surfaces and distinct, razor-sharp details. Each proof is secured inside its own clear acrylic capsule and encased together inside a United States Mint-branded clamshell box accompanied by a certificate of authenticity. A portion of the original proceeds for each proof goes directly to support the continuing efforts of Boys Town. Don't wait to bring home this stunning celebration of the past and hopeful vision of the future. Order your 2017 Boys Town 3-Piece Commemorative Proof Set today!
|Year of Issue||2017|
|Denomination||0.50, 1.00, 5.00|
|Mint Name||U.S. Mint|