Proposed or Recent Coinage Legislation

Steel Appearing CentsThe metallic composition of cents and nickels would be changed if newly introduced legislation becomes law. According to two separate bills introduced on December 15, 2011, America’s two lowest denominated coins should be struck primarily from steel.

Congressman Steve Stivers of Ohio introduced the proposed changes as part of the Cents and Sensibility Act, H.R. 3693, and the Saving Taxpayer Expenditures by Employing Less Imported Nickel Act, H.R. 3694, also known as the STEEL Nickel Act. Taxpayer savings was the reason given for each […]


US Marshals Service StarGold, silver and clad commemorative coins celebrating the 225th anniversary of the US Marshals Service are one step closer to reality after several previous unsuccessful attempts.

Introduced in March by Rep. Steve Womack [R-AR3], the United States Marshals Service 225th Anniversary Commemorative Coin Act easily passed (412-1-20) through the US House of Representatives on Thursday, December 15.

The House bill, H.R. 886, has since been referred to the same Senate committee which has been sitting on a nearly […]

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Mark Twain Image on CoinLast week, Senator Richard Blumenthal [D-CT] of Connecticut introduced legislation that calls for gold and silver commemorative coins during calendar year 2016 to celebrate the life and legacy of Mark Twain.

Mark Twain, the pen name used by Samuel Clemens, wrote many books that are still in print after more than a century since his death in 1910. Two of his most noted novels include The Adventures of Tom Sawyer and its sequel The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn. Twain became one of the best known authors in America and abroad, with his books being translated into 75 languages […]


2011 Roosevelt DimeNewly introduced Senate legislation proposes silver commemorative coins in 2014 to honor the 75th anniversary of the March of Dimes.

Numbered S. 1935 and jointly introduced by Sen. Kay Hagan [D-NC] and Sen. Susan Collins [R-NH] on Friday, December 1, the March of Dimes Commemorative Coin Act of 2011 adds further support to an identically named Act that was brought before the House in October.

Each bill would authorize the Secretary of the Treasury, and thereby the United States Mint, to produce up to […]


Abraham Lincoln Commemorative Coins (Proof and Uncirculated Silver Dollars)A bill seeking to adjust how Lincoln commemorative coin surcharges are distributed was introduced in the U.S. House of Representatives, considered in the Financial Services Committee and has been marked up for a voice vote before the full body.

That Abraham Lincoln Commemorative Coin Act resulted in the highly successful United States Mint commemorative coin program in 2009 which resulted in the sellout of 500,000 Lincoln silver dollars — 125,000 uncirculated, 325,000 individual proofs and another 50,000 proofs that were […]

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2009 International Year of Astronomy gold coinCommemorative coins celebrating the National Baseball Hall of Fame are one step closer to becoming reality.

Introduced on July 14 by Rep. Richard L. Hanna, R-N.Y., the U.S. House of Representatives on Wednesday approved the National Baseball Hall of Fame Commemorative Coin Act in an overwhelming vote of 463 to 3.

The commemorative coin Act, numbered H.R. 2527, instructs the United States Mint to produce up to 50,000 $5 gold coins, 400,000 silver dollars and 750,000 50C half-dollars to commemorate the National Baseball Hall of Fame soon after its 75th anniversary in 2014. The coins would be produced and issued for calendar year 2015 […]

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Coin Legislation on Capital BuildingOn Thursday, October 13, Rep. Robert Brady, D-PA, introduced legislation that would honor the U.S.S. Cruiser Olympia with commemorative silver coins during calendar year 2016.

Named the U.S.S. Cruiser Olympia Commemorative Coin Act and numbered H.R. 3180, the introduced legislation would authorize the United States Mint to strike up to 500,000 $1 silver coins in collector proof and uncirculated qualities […]

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Coin Legislation on Capital BuildingNew legislation has been introduced in the U.S. House of Representatives calling for commemorative silver dollars in calendar year 2014 to celebrate the 75th anniversary of the founding of the March of Dimes.

Entitled the March of Dimes Commemorative Coin Act of 2011 and numbered H.R. 3187, the legislation would authorize the United States Mint to produce up to 500,000 coins struck in 90 percent silver and 10 percent copper […]


Dollar bill and $1 coinMembers of the United States Congress are once again seeking a change to the status quo of the $1 coin. However, unlike other recent attempts to actually end or severely limit production of the coins, this newest piece of legislation would ramp up $1 coin production with the goal to eventually replace the paper dollar bill.

The Currency Optimization, Innovation and National Savings Act, or COINS Act, was introduced in the U.S. House of Representatives as H.R. 2977 on September 20, 2011 by Rep. David Schweikert of Arizona. Schweikert, a member of the House Financial Services Committee and the Subcommittee on Domestic Monetary Policy, introduced the COINS Act as a means to […]


Coin Legislation on Capital BuildingLegislation introduced Tuesday, September 20, calls for $50 gold, silver dollar and 50-cent clad commemorative coins to honor James Monroe, the fifth president of the United States.

Presented by Rep. Rob Wittman, R-VA, as the James Monroe Commemorative Coin Act and numbered H.R. 2968, the bill would authorize the United States Mint to offer each commemorative coin in calendar year 2016 — the bicentennial of Monroe’s election. The legislation marks a second attempt at passage. Wittman introduced a nearly identical bill in December 2009, numbered H.R. 4329. That bill died due to inaction. […]