Pro Football Hall of Fame Coins Return in Senate Bill

by Mike Unser on February 15, 2013 · 16 comments

Pro Football

Legislation has returned calling for commemorative coins in recognition of the Pro Football Hall of Fame.

S. 203, the Pro Football Hall of Fame Commemorative Coin Act, was introduced on Jan. 31, 2013 by Sen. Rob Portman (R-OH). If it becomes law, the U.S. Mint will strike up to 50,000 $5 gold coins, 400,000 silver dollars and 750,000 clad half-dollars for distribution in 2016.

While S. 203 is the first of its kind in the 113th Congress, it is a re-introduction of previous versions from the 112th Congress — H.R. 4104 in the U.S. House of Representatives and S. 3077 in the U.S. Senate.

H.R. 4104 was actually approved in the House just days before the National Baseball Hall of Fame Commemorative Coin Act became law. It died when the Senate failed to take any action. For a bill to become law, it must pass in the House and Senate and get signed by the President.

S. 203 calls for commemorative coin designs that are emblematic of the game of professional football. Candidate designs would get drawn up and reviewed by the Citizens Coinage Advisory Committee. The Treasury Secretary would select the final ones after consulting with the Commission of Fine Arts and the Pro Football Hall of Fame.

These commemorative coins, minted to both proof and uncirculated qualities, would include standard inscriptions of their value, the year ‘2016,’ ‘Liberty,’ ‘In God We Trust,’ ‘United States of America’ and ‘E Pluribus Unum’.

Coin sales would include standard surcharges in the amounts of $35 per $5 gold piece, $10 per silver dollar and $5 per half-dollar. Collected funds would go to the Pro Football Hall of Fame to help finance the construction of a new building and renovation of existing Pro Football Hall of Fame facilities.

The Pro Football Hall of Fame opened its doors in Canton, Ohio on September 7, 1963. On that day, a charter class of 17 players, coaches, and contributors were enshrined. Since then, 273 members have been elected and nearly 9 million visitors have seen the more than 20,000 artifacts, 20 million pages of documents, and nearly 3 million photographic images that are showcased at the Pro Football Hall of Fame.

S. 203 now has 7 cosponsors. It has been referred to the Committee on Banking, Housing, and Urban Affairs.

U.S. Mint commemorative coin programs for this year feature Girl Scouts of the USA Centennial Silver Dollars and 5-Star Generals Commemorative Coins in gold, silver and clad.

{ 16 comments… read them below or add one }

thePhelps February 15, 2013 at 3:34 pm

Ok – is it just me that thinks a multi-billion dollar industry like Pro Football … really needs me to donate $10 to renovate that facility? If the Hall of Fame needs money – they should be asking the million dollar players and billion dollar owners to pony up.

Bubba February 15, 2013 at 4:39 pm

Let me see, I was guessing it was introduced from someone from Ohio and sure enough.

Ed February 16, 2013 at 7:52 am

Lol !! I guess Ohio is loosing $ because of the college bowl ban just like Pa.

jim February 16, 2013 at 10:23 am

Sigh…
Will they never learn?

Joe February 16, 2013 at 12:01 pm

The Pro Football Hall of Fame commemorative coins will probably sell out if the design is right. America loves football.

thePhelps February 16, 2013 at 3:26 pm

Joe – I love football, and would seriously enjoy a commemorative coin design. What I don’t want to do is pay $5 or $10 extra for a coin and donate that to the pro football hall of fame. I understand many of the other surcharges, but honestly think about it – football makes billions – the players make millions and they want us to pay to remodel their home? It is pure greed to ask us to support that surcharge.

jim February 16, 2013 at 6:42 pm

tP – write to your senator and express your opinion as you did above – only add $35 (for the gold coin) to your list of surcharge extras.

Joe February 17, 2013 at 2:17 pm

thePhelps – I’m with you 100%

Mike February 17, 2013 at 10:50 pm

How about a commemorative coin recognizing the US Air Force? 66 years this September. Just saying…

And I agree with the comments above…why a surcharge to help the HoF? Ask the players and owners to “pledge” half of one percent earnings…I think that would do it.

thePhelps February 18, 2013 at 1:10 pm

@jim – I have done as much and hope others will do so as well.

jim February 18, 2013 at 9:21 pm

tP – Good for you! I wrote to Geithner last year and complained about the product schedule no longer being a full year list (among other things) and lo and behold, this year we’ve got a full year list with anticipated prices to boot! Not saying my letter was the impetus for the change but I’m sure it helped.

kevin February 18, 2013 at 11:17 pm

How about something to commemorate $1 Trillion a year in money that is being printed?

thePhelps February 19, 2013 at 8:33 am

@kevin – while I am not a fan of or a buyer from the various coin selling programs on TV… I have been watching some of them lately to see what they are trending. It is interesting to see them following the price of gold & silver in regards to our current print and spend policies. The reason for the rise in precious metals – is directly related to the unlimited printing of US dollars. The irony is the fed is printing money to buy US debt in the form of bonds, and other countries are buying metals to guard against massive inflation driven by out of control US printing presses. Someone needs to stop the insanity…

RonnieBGood February 20, 2013 at 9:30 am

The problem is that the “We – They – Someones” are allways passing the buck (pun intended).

Kevin February 21, 2013 at 12:24 am

@thePhelps. I agree. Gold going up = $ going down.

Generally speaking…..The West is selling or sold their gold. The East is buying. China and Russia are patiently accumulating gold. China will back its currency with gold when they have 4,000 tones, some say.

UK sold a boatload of theirs at the bottom. Hugo Chavez of Venezuela threw a parade after getting their gold returned. Germany wants theirs back, but it will take seven years to get some, not all of it back. Central banks allowed much gold to be leased out repeatedly, yet they still claim 100% ownership on their books, which accountants let them do. Otherwise Germany could have 100% of its gold back in weeks, not a fraction of it in years.

The recent parading of the Queen through the gold vault in UK was propaganda, as was the laughable “audit”, actually the Fed itself called it a “report” of the NY Fed’s gold.

Thieves steal $50 million in diamonds and it rightly gets front page exposure. Others act like thieves and print $85 billion a month and nary a whisper as the value of the US$ declines apace.

I meant to write one sentence, but just couldn’t stop. Like the guys with green ink on their hands.

thePhelps February 21, 2013 at 2:12 pm

“I meant to write one sentence, but just couldn’t stop. Like the guys with green ink on their hands.”

Sad but true things you see on the itnernet these days…

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