A special commemorative silver dollar was struck to honor the 50th anniversary of United Service Organizations. The group was founded in 1941 to supply social, recreational, welfare, and spiritual facilities to armed services personnel. Surcharges on sales of the coins were divided equally between the USO and the Department of the Treasury. The coins were launched on Flag Day, June 14, using designs selected in a limited competition between Mint staff and five outside, invited artists. The obverse uses a banner inscribed USO, designed by Rhode Island artist Robert Lamb. On the reverse is a globe with an eagle on top, the work of Mint sculptor-engraver John Mercanti.