New Senate Bill for Pro Football Hall of Fame Coins in 2017

by Mike Unser on December 27, 2013 · 6 comments

Pro Football Hall of Fame

Pro Football Hall of Fame

A new U.S. Senate bill was introduced this month that calls for gold, silver and clad coins to commemorate the Pro Football Hall of Fame.

Entitled the Pro Football Hall of Fame Commemorative Coin Act and numbered S. 1842, this bill is nearly identical to past versions brought forward in both the Senate and House. Its key difference to the immediate prior Senate version, S. 203, is moving the issuing year for the coins to 2017 from 2016. That matches the House version, H.R. 1653, which was presented in April.

Introduced by Sen. Portman, Rob [R-OH] on Dec. 17, 2013, the main aspects of S. 1842 seek:

  • Up to 50,000 $5 gold coins
  • Up to 400,000 silver dollar
  • Up to 750,000 clad half-dollars
  • Production of coins in proof and uncirculated qualities
  • Coin designs that are emblematic of the game of professional football

2017 Pro Football Hall of Fame Commemorative Coins would get struck by the United States Mint to specifications shared by other modern U.S. commemorative coins.

S. 1842 calls for sale prices to include surcharges in the amounts of $35 for every $5 gold coin, $10 per silver dollar and $5 for each half-dollar. Collected amounts would be distributed 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 new Senate bill has 24 cosponsors. The House version, H.R. 1653, has 34 cosponsors. Both bills are in committees. For coin legislation to become law, it must pass in the House and Senate and get signed by the President of the United States.

What may give one of these bills an improved chance of passing Congress is that the National Baseball Hall of Fame Commemorative Coin Act won approval, becoming Public Law 112-152. Next year, the United States Mint will issue gold, silver and clad National Baseball Hall of Fame Commemorative Coins that are curved in shape, a first for the Mint.

{ 6 comments… read them below or add one }

Joe December 27, 2013 at 2:57 pm

I’m for the coins, but not the surcharges. Not with all the money Pro Football takes in.

Stewart December 27, 2013 at 4:05 pm

Exactly my thoughts, the NFL is far and away the largest North American sports industry. It doesn’t need any $$$ from us, the commemorative coinage is getting way out of hand, every group with a Congressman’s ear will get a coin eventually.

Michael December 27, 2013 at 10:57 pm

No to pro sports, What do they do for the fans after strikes and lockouts? Nothing. So why give them more?

Cincinnatus December 28, 2013 at 8:28 am

Great just what we need another coin to honor a multi-billion dollar corporation.

These coins should be used to recognize people and organizations that make a difference in the world. Not to honor companies that rake in billions of dollars and can afford to support the construction of their own building.

thePhelps December 30, 2013 at 8:17 am

I’m with all the above… plus the fact that they limit the number of commemortaives to 2 issues a year and this is to be one of them?

Stewart December 30, 2013 at 3:03 pm

What’s even more ridiculous about this coin proposal, is that it doesn’t even commemorate anything in particular about the NFL and or it’s Hall of Fame, no anniversary, special moment, etc. The NFL Hall of Fame is excellent to visit, but the NFL (which we all enjoy), makes sooooo much money all on its own, just a fraction of this past weekends profits would pay for any/all the upgrades to this building. I know it has been mentioned elsewhere, but the 100th anniversary of the start of WW I might be more interesting. The US Mint shouldn’t be forced down this road by a silly Congress and the love of $$$$. Yuck.

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