Own a U.S. Mint Silver Dollar Proof Coin
Honoring the 50th Anniversary of the USO
Minted in 1991, this US Silver Dollar Proof coin was produced to commemorate the 50th anniversary of the United Services Organization (USO). Produced especially for collectors, proof coins are struck twice to enhance the design and shine like a mirror.
The front of the coin pictures the USO pennant with the words “50th anniversary.” The back shows an eagle on top of a globe with the USO banner in its beak and the organization’s anniversary theme: “Fifty Years of Service to Service People” accompanied by 11 stars. A portion of the proceeds from the sale of this coin went to the USO to help pay for a variety of programs including airport centers, fleet centers, family and community centers, and celebrity entertainers. And half of the proceeds would be returned to the Federal Treasury to help reduce the national debt. This coin is a fitting tribute to the long and distinguished history of the USO and you’ll want it in your collection.
Composition: 90% silver, 10% copper
Number Minted: 321,275
History of the USO
Mary Ingraham established the USO on February 4, 1941. President Franklin Roosevelt had asked Ingraham to come up with a way to provide morale and recreational services for military service members. Six civilian service organizations joined together to answer this call” the Salvation Army, the YMCA, the YWCA, National Catholic Community Service, National Travelers Aid Association, and the National Jewish Welfare Board. The first task of the USO was to raise money to fund their projects. In the first year they raised $16 million through a national campaign. USO centers soon began opening across the US and abroad, giving soldiers a “Home Away from Home.” These USO clubs were a place for social gatherings such as dances, movies, and concerts.
The USO also sought to put home on the road, bringing Hollywood celebrities and volunteer entertainers to the troops. According to one performer, “The entertainment brought home to the boys. Their home.” At its height in 1944, the USO had over 3,000 clubs putting on 700 shows a day. Between 1941 and 1947, they offered more than 400,000 performances. Among the notable entertainers to participate were Bob Hope, Bing Crosby, Judy Garland, Bette Davis, Humphrey Bogart, Lauren Bacall, Frank Sinatra, and Marlene Dietrich.
The USO briefly disbanded after World War II, but reformed for the Korean War and has remained in operation since. Today it has over 200 locations in 14 countries. The organization also received the National Medal of Arts in 2011.