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The March of Dimes Commemorative Coins are sold for a limited time only. Get one while you can!
Take home the only coin that celebrates 75 years of research, education, vaccines and breakthroughs.
This historic coin’s obverse side (heads) features the likenesses of March of Dimes founder, President Franklin Delano Roosevelt, and Dr. Jonas Salk, whose polio vaccine has been called one of the greatest achievements of the 20th century. The reverse (tails) of the coin depicts a baby cuddled in the hand of its parent, illustrating our dedication to the health of babies everywhere.
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(From left to right) March of Dimes President Dr. Jennifer L. Howse, Peter L. Salk, MD, Dr. Jonas Salk’s eldest son and President of the Jonas Salk Legacy Foundation, Aidan Lamothe, 2014 March of Dimes National Ambassador, Treasurer of the United States Rosie Rios, and Aidan’s parents Jill Teeters and David Lamothe at the United States Mint at West Point, NY for the ceremonial strike of the new 2015 March of Dimes Commemorative Coin. At right, Aidan Lamothe strikes the new 2015 March of Dimes Silver Dollar.
2012Presidents have always supported the March of Dimes and its mission to improve the health of America’s youngest citizens, including Barack Obama who met with Board of Trustees Chair LaVerne H. Council, and March of Dimes president Dr. Jennifer L. Howse.
1986Ronald Reagan met with Scott Cunningham, the March of Dimes National Ambassador who underwent advanced surgery immediately after birth to close his spine.
1961John F. Kennedy, whose own son Patrick was born prematurely and later died from breathing problems, welcomed Linda Breese to the White House. The March of Dimes poster child suffered disabilities caused by spina bifida.
1941Franklin D. Roosevelt, himself stricken with polio, showed sincere concern for children at the rehab center he created in Warm Springs, Ga.
2011Today, vaccines protect children from polio and 14 other serious diseases, including chickenpox, rubella, the flu and hepatitis.
1954The March of Dimes organized testing of the Salk polio vaccine with 1.8 million schoolchildren who became known as “Polio Pioneers” and were part of the largest peacetime mobilization of volunteers in our history.
1949The March of Dimes funded Dr. Jonas Salk whose research led to a “safe, effective and potent” polio vaccine in 1955 and saved thousands of lives. The March of Dimes also funded Dr. Albert Sabin’s work on an oral vaccine licensed in 1962.
1946During devastating polio epidemics, the March of Dimes paid for and transported thousands of iron lungs to help patients breathe when their own muscles were weakened or paralyzed.
2012More than 7 million people get involved in our largest fundraiser each year. March for Babies® raises awareness and $108 million to fund lifesaving research and community programs.
1973The first March of Dimes walkathons took place in 1970, setting the stage for the growth of WalkAmerica®, which became March for Babies in 2008.
1963Even the youngest volunteers understand the importance of helping others. Today, thousands of young people, from elementary school to college, help the March of Dimes, often inspiring a lifetime of volunteering.
1950As polio epidemics grew more widespread, volunteers went door to door to collect dimes so researchers working in labs could develop a successful vaccine. The campaign was known as Mothers March®.
Birth defects research
2011Building on our strong track record in genetics, we’re moving forward with research to uncover the causes of birth defects and premature birth so more babies get the strongest, healthiest start.
2007In the 1960s, March of Dimes research led to the first newborn screening test for PKU, an inherited disorder that causes intellectual disability. Today, thanks to March of Dimes advocacy, every baby is screened at birth for 29 or more serious but treatable conditions.
1968The March of Dimes has been a leader in genetics education on birth defects and the risks of inherited genetic disorders.
1953With his breakthrough of determining the double-helix structure of DNA, March of Dimes grantee James Watson paved the way for mapping the human genome.
2012Dee Snider, front man for 1980s rock band Twisted Sister, the father of two premature babies and the national spokesperson for Bikers for Babies®, has raised millions of dollars for the March of Dimes.
1979Robert Redford continued the longstanding tradition of supporting the March of Dimes National Ambassador program, meeting with poster children like Betsy Burch.
1958Marilyn Monroe appeared with March of Dimes poster children at the annual March of Dimes fashion show at the Waldorf-Astoria in New York. The event drew people from the worlds of entertainment, fashion and high society, just as today’s Beauty Balls® do.
1956Elvis Presley was one of many stars who supported the March of Dimes by promoting polio vaccination. Louis Armstrong, Grace Kelly and Frank Sinatra also encouraged their fans to get the polio vaccine after it was licensed in 1955.
2010One of the ways the March of Dimes recognizes the outstanding work of nurses is through our Nurse of the Year awards. We also award several scholarships annually to nurses enrolled in graduate programs in maternal-child health.
1995As the crisis of premature birth grew, the March of Dimes supported professional development for nurses caring for critically ill babies in newborn intensive care units. Babies’ lives depend on the quality of care that these highly skilled nurses can give them.
1967As March of Dimes researchers expanded knowledge of birth defects, we armed nurses with education in prenatal care. Today we offer a wide range of nursing modules to help nurses translate the latest research into the care they provide.
1955During polio epidemics, nurses played a vital role in patient care and found countless ways to comfort young children with the disease.
2012In communities around the country, March of Dimes community grants enable women to receive group prenatal care, quit smoking and receive other services that increase their chances of having full-term pregnancies.
2007When hurricanes wiped out hospitals on the Gulf Coast, the March of Dimes funded Mom & Baby Mobile Health Centers® to bring prenatal care where women need it most.
1971Knowing that many women sought prenatal care only when labor began, the March of Dimes joined forces with women’s groups to educate moms-to-be, a tradition that continues today.
1947Mobile field units served as classrooms and clinics, as well as emergency transport of polio patients. They were equipped with a respirator, hot pack machine, resuscitation equipment and a self-contained power generator to bring medical support where it was needed most.
2010Mission: Healthy Baby® provides information and resources to military moms and families to alleviate stress, answer questions about pregnancy and help keep dads involved.
1963In a show of support, sailors in formation spell out “Join March of Dimes” on the flight deck of a U.S. Navy aircraft carrier.
1960American military cargo aircraft transported iron lung respirators for the March of Dimes to polio patients throughout the United States and overseas to places as far away as Japan.
1945The March of Dimes is grateful to the U. S. Armed Forces for their fundraising efforts like this one at an airfield in Florida where an American Red Cross nurse and a member of the Flying Tigers drop off their contributions in March of Dimes coin jars.
2012We’re reaching out to moms about the importance of waiting for labor to begin on its own through our Healthy Babies are Worth the Wait™ campaign. We also partner with hospitals to improve the quality of care that moms receive.
2011We have partnered with local organizations in 33 developing countries on four continents to strengthen data collection systems and parent organizations. Our professional and public health education materials help raise awareness and improve care.
1999Moms today know the importance of taking a multivitamin during pregnancy, thanks to the March of Dimes Folic Acid campaign. Kelsey Adams was born healthy because her mom took folic acid after her first pregnancy ended in stillbirth.
1968As medical director of the March of Dimes, Dr. Virginia Apgar stimulated interest in professional education and research into the causes and prevention of birth defects. The “Apgar Score” evaluates a newborn’s condition at birth.
2011Dr. David K. Stevenson leads the research team at the new March of Dimes Prematurity Research Center at Stanford University School of Medicine. Scientists from different disciplines share their knowledge to find the causes of premature birth.
2003The March of Dimes launched a national Prematurity Campaign to raise awareness of the serious problem of preterm birth and to help reduce the alarming number of babies born too soon in the United States.
1985The March of Dimes funded the development of surfactant therapy to treat respiratory distress syndrome in premature babies. Danielle Cofey was one of the first babies to be treated successfully in the United States.
1976Recognizing the urgency of treating critically ill babies close to home, the March of Dimes played a vital role in creating a regional system of newborn intensive care units (NICUs).
2012The NICU Family Support® program provides information and comfort to families with a premature or sick baby. Each year, we help more than 80,000 families understand the people, equipment and conditions they’ll experience in the NICU.
2005The March of Dimes and its corporate partners provided diapers, clothing and other supplies to Louisiana families who had lost their homes and access to medical care during Hurricane Katrina.
1984The March of Dimes helped create support groups for families with a baby in intensive care to ease their fear and heartache.
1956Herbert and Betty Smith, California schoolteachers, spent Christmas with their daughters at a respiratory center. The Smiths were confined to iron lungs provided by the March of Dimes to help them breathe after being diagnosed with polio.
We're thrilled that the 2015 March of Dimes Commemorative Coin is on-sale now through December 31, 2015. The coin celebrates 75 years of research, education, vaccines, and breakthroughs. Provided below are the answers to key questions regarding the coin.
Q: How did the coin come about?
A: The silver dollar coin was authorized by act of Congress thanks to the efforts of March of Dimes volunteers and members of Congress. President Barack Obama signed the bill into law in 2012 to commemorate the 75th anniversary of the organization.
Q: How many of the coins will be made?
A: The United States Mint will produce a maximum of 500,000 across all product options of the silver dollar coin. The silver dollar coins will be issued in both uncirculated and proof finishes and are legal tender. A special set will also be available later this spring, featuring a March of Dimes proof silver dollar and two silver Roosevelt dimes – one proof dime from the West Point Mint and a reverse proof dime from the Philadelphia Mint. The United States Mint will produce a maximum of 75,000 special sets.
Q: What’s the difference between the uncirculated and proof qualities?
A: Proof finish commemorative coins are made from highly polished planchets (coin blanks) and dies and are struck more than once to accent the design. Proof coins receive the highest quality strike possible and can be distinguished by their mirrored background and frosted foreground. Uncirculated finish commemorative coins are manufactured using the same process as circulating coins but with quality enhancements such as high coining force and early strikes from dies. To learn more about commemorative coins, visit the United States Mint’s program information pages.
Q: How much will the coins be sold for?
A: The price of the coin will be $48.95 for uncirculated and $51.95 for proof. Orders received by 5 p.m. April 13, 2015 will take advantage of introductory pricing at $43.95 for uncirculated finish and $46.95 for proof finish. Shipping charges are additional.
Q: How do I purchase a coin from the United States Mint?
A: At noon on March 13, 2015, you can either call 1-800-USA-MINT (872-6468) or order online. Feel free to request a brochure with an order card directly from the United States Mint, by calling the above phone number.
Q: Will the March of Dimes benefit from the sale of these coins?
A: March of Dimes is authorized to receive $10 from each silver dollar sold after the United States Mint has recouped their costs.
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