Pro Football Hall of Fame Commemorative Coins Pass House

by Mike Unser on August 3, 2012 · 8 comments

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The House passed the Pro Football Hall of Fame Commemorative Coin Act on August 1, 2012

Pro Football Hall of Fame Commemorative Coins could make an appearance two years after commemorative coins for the National Baseball Hall of Fame are released.

On Wednesday, August 1, 2012, the U.S. House of Representatives passed H.R. 4104, the Pro Football Hall of Fame Commemorative Coin Act. The bill calls for up to 50,000 $5 gold coins, a maximum of 400,000 silver dollars and up to 750,000 clad half dollars.

Introduced by Rep. Jim Renacci (R-OH) on February 28, 2012, the legislation would authorize the U.S. Mint to strike commemorative coins in collector qualities of proof and uncirculated for one year beginning on January 1, 2016.

"I could not be more pleased that my Pro Football Hall of Fame Commemorative Coin Act passed in the House with such overwhelming bi-partisan support, and I thank the 294 Members who co-sponsored the bill," Rep. Renacci said in a statement following the bill’s passage.

"Professional football remains America’s most popular sport, and the Hall of Fame is truly the place to go if you want to revel in its rich history. The Hall will now have the ability to further expand their already impressive collection, preserving the story of this great game for future generations."

Designs for the commemorative coins would be emblematic of the game of professional football.

Surcharges are also authorized with amounts of $35 per gold coin, $10 for every silver dollar, and $5 per half-dollar. Collected surcharges from sales of the coins would get paid to the Pro Football Hall of Fame to help finance the construction of a new building and renovation of existing facilities.

Companion legislation (S. 3077) was introduced in the Senate by Sen. Rob Portman (R-OH) on May 10, 2012. This bill or the House version must pass in both chambers and get signed by the President to become law.

The Pro Football Hall of Fame, located in Canton, Ohio, opened its doors on September 7, 1963.

In related coin news, which would seem to lend support for Congressional passage of H.R. 4104, commemorative coins honoring the National Baseball Hall of Fame will get minted in 2014. The legislation calling for them passed Congress and was presented last week to President Obama for his expected signature.

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The other Brian August 3, 2012 at 3:42 pm

Lame. I love football, but I want to keep my hobbies separate. Plus, I know there are a lot of collectors with no interest in the sport.

Mark August 3, 2012 at 4:40 pm

Agree. I love football as well. In fact i’m an nfl season ticket holder. That said I have no interest in my coins having football on them. These people have no imagination or creativity.

Michael August 3, 2012 at 5:08 pm

2 cent, all I have. To purchase coins to support a professional sport is ludicrous. In buying the three coins $50 dollars goes to help a professional sport which rips off the fans at the stadiums, gets cities to build facilities for them and has unfair exemptions is not right. It is like giving millions in taxpayer subsidies and providing loopholes to a corporation that makes $40 billion a year. What for? They pull in enough to cash to build their own shrine.

Joe August 3, 2012 at 6:00 pm

That’s a collectable commemorative that will sell out in no time.

bill August 3, 2012 at 11:35 pm

quote: “Designs for the commemorative coins would be emblematic of the game of professional football”

I would like to refer you all to my OJ Simpson Coin post in the Baseball Hall of Fame thread.

“The O.J. Simpson coin collection will be a hoot! #32 with a Buffalo on the first, A Hertz rent-a-car coin with OJ leaping over a gate, a NBC commentator on another and a White SUV on the final one.”

well, it got me to thinking again (detects future groans lol)

concussions and stick’em
lawsuits and strikes
night club incidents hahahaha
what else is emblematic?

might as well make some nike and mcdonald coins

Joe August 4, 2012 at 12:28 am

Will be a hoot O.j. killed not so cool.

Cincinnatus August 4, 2012 at 7:32 pm

Wow – just what a multi billion dollar corporation needs – a commermerative coin. What is next a coin for GM or GE?

I have given up on buying the junk that comes from the mint – better things to spend my money on.

Joe August 6, 2012 at 10:42 pm

Maybe they will use it for the opening kickoff coin toss for the Super Bowl in 2016. Cool.

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