In 2019, the United States Mint will produce and sell commemorative coins in recognition of the 100th anniversary of the American Legion.
The Legion (www.legion.org) was charted by Congress in 1919 as a patriotic organization for veterans. It quickly grew into one of the largest veteran’s service organization in the United States.
On Oct. 6, 2017, President Trump signed into law the American Legion 100th Anniversary Commemorative Coin Act (Public Law 115-65). It directs the Treasury Secretary, and thereby the United States Mint, to strike $5 gold coins, silver dollars, and clad half-dollars in collector qualities of proof and uncirculated.
Their designs will be emblematic of the nonprofit organization and selected by the Treasury Secretary after consulting with the Adjutant of The American Legion, the Commission of Fine Arts, and the Citizens Commemorative Coin Advisory Committee.
The U.S. Mint will produce six American Legion commemorative coins in all, offering them in varying mintages, collector finishes, denominations, and compositions.
Six Different American Legion Commemorative Coins
|$5 Gold||Silver Dollar||50c|
|Finish||Proof and Uncirculated||Proof and Uncirculated||Proof and Uncirculated|
|Composition||Not Less Than 90% Gold||Not Less Than 90% Silver||8.33% Nickel, Balance Copper|
|Weight||8.359 Grams||26.73 Grams||11.34 Grams|
|Diameter||0.850 Inches||1.500 Inches||1.205 Inches|
All six pieces will bear standard inscriptions of LIBERTY, IN GOD WE TRUST, UNITED STATES OF AMERICA, E PLURIBUS UNUM, as well as their denomination and the year 2019.
Legislation Passage Dates
Numbered H.R. 2519 when introduced May 18, 2017, by Rep. Timothy J. Walz (D-MN), the legislation passed in the U.S. House of Representatives on Sept. 25, 2017 and was approved in the U.S. Senate on Sept. 28, 2017.
A companion Senate version of the bill, S. 1182, was also introduced May 18, 2017, by Sen. Todd C. Young (R-IN). The Senate passed it on Aug. 3.
Sales of the commemorative coins will include surcharges for the Legion for costs related to:
- promoting the importance of and caring for those who have served in uniform, ensuring they receive proper health care and disability benefits earned through military service;
- promoting the importance of, and caring for, those who are still serving in the Armed Forces;
- promoting the importance of maintaining the patriotic values, morals, culture, and citizenship of the United States; and
- promoting the importance of maintaining strong families, assistance for at-risk children, and activities that promote their healthy and wholesome development.
Collected surcharges will be paid to the Secretary to the American Legion as long as the commemorative coin program turns a profit. The program is the second approved for 2019, joining dome-shaped Apollo 11 50th Anniversary Commemorative Coins.