American Eagle Palladium Bullion Coin Act of 2010, Public Law 111-303

The American Eagle Palladium Bullion Coin Act of 2010 was signed into Public Law 111-303 on December 14, 2010, by President Obama. The act was originally introduced in the U.S. House of Representatives and numbered H.R. 6166.

Following no more than one year after a marketing study is sent to Congress which outlines the demand for the coins, the United States Mint will produce American Palladium Eagles composed of .9995 palladium. The United States Mint must strike investment-grade bullion versions to meet demand. However, it can also manufacture proof and uncirculated versions for collectors.

The obverse design of the American Eagle Palladium will feature A.A. Weinman’s "Winged Liberty" design that was seen on the obverse of Mercury dimes between 1916 and 1947. The American Eagle Palladium reverse will showcase another A.A. Weinman design which is featured on the reverse of the 1907 American Institute of Architects Medal.

Full Bill Text

Bill Status

111st Congress:

Introduced in House
Passed House
Voted on in Senate
Signed by President
September 22, 2010
 September 29, 2010
November 30, 2010
December 14, 2010 


The bill was introduced in the U.S. House of Representatives on 9/22/2010 and passed by Unanimous Consent in the House on 9/29/2010. The Senate passed the Act by Unanimous Consent on 11/30/2010. President Obama signed it on December 14, 2010, and it became Public Law 111-303.

Sponsor of H.R. 6166

Related Bills


Bill Actions by Date

  • 9/22/2010: Referred to the House Committee on Financial Services.
  • 9/29/2010 7:51pm: Mr. Watt asked unanimous consent to discharge from committee and consider.
  • 9/29/2010 7:51pm: Committee on Financial Services discharged.
  • 9/29/2010 7:51pm: Considered by unanimous consent.
  • 9/29/2010 7:51pm: On passage Passed without objection.
  • 9/29/2010 7:51pm: Motion to reconsider laid on the table Agreed to without objection.
  • 9/29/2010: Received in the Senate and Read twice and referred to the Special Committee on Aging.
  • 11/30/2010: Senate Committee on Banking, Housing, and Urban Affairs discharged by Unanimous Consent.
  • 11/30/2010: Passed/agreed to in Senate: Passed Senate without amendment by Unanimous Consent.
  • 11/30/2010: Cleared for White House.
  • 12/1/2010: Message on Senate action sent to the House.
  • 12/3/2010: Presented to President.
  • 12/14/2010: Signed by President.
  • 12/14/2010: Became Public Law No: 111-303.

American Eagle Palladium Bullion Coin Act of 2010 – Public Law 111-303

H.R. 6166 ENR (Enrolled Bill – Final as Passed Both House and Senate)

One Hundred Eleventh Congress

of the

United States of America


Begun and held at the City of Washington on Tuesday,

the fifth day of January, two thousand and ten

An Act

To authorize the production of palladium bullion coins to provide affordable opportunities for investments in precious metals, and for other purposes.

    Be it enacted by the Senate and House of Representatives of the United States of America in Congress assembled,


    This Act may be cited as the ‘American Eagle Palladium Bullion Coin Act of 2010’.


    Section 5112 of title 31, United States Code, is amended–
      (1) in subsection (a), by adding at the end the following new paragraph;
      ‘(12) A $25 coin of an appropriate size and thickness, as determined by the Secretary, that weighs 1 troy ounce and contains .9995 fine palladium.’; and
      (2) by adding at the end the following new subsection:
    ‘(v) Palladium Bullion Investment Coins-
      ‘(1) IN GENERAL- Subject to the submission to the Secretary and the Congress of a marketing study described in paragraph (8), beginning not more than 1 year after the submission of the study to the Secretary and the Congress, the Secretary shall mint and issue the palladium coins described in paragraph (12) of subsection (a) in such quantities as the Secretary may determine to be appropriate to meet demand.
        ‘(A) IN GENERAL- The Secretary shall acquire bullion for the palladium coins issued under this subsection by purchase of palladium mined from natural deposits in the United States, or in a territory or possession of the United States, within 1 year after the month in which the ore from which it is derived was mined. If no such palladium is available or if it is not economically feasible to obtain such palladium, the Secretary may obtain palladium for the palladium coins described in paragraph (12) of subsection (a) from other available sources.
        ‘(B) PRICE OF BULLION- The Secretary shall pay not more than the average world price for the palladium under subparagraph (A).
      ‘(3) SALE OF COINS- Each coin issued under this subsection shall be sold for an amount the Secretary determines to be appropriate, but not less than the sum of–
        ‘(A) the market value of the bullion at the time of sale; and
        ‘(B) the cost of designing and issuing the coins, including labor, materials, dies, use of machinery, overhead expenses, marketing, distribution, and shipping.
      ‘(4) TREATMENT- For purposes of section 5134 and 5136, all coins minted under this subsection shall be considered to be numismatic items.
      ‘(5) QUALITY- The Secretary may issue the coins described in paragraph (1) in both proof and uncirculated versions, except that, should the Secretary determine that it is appropriate to issue proof or uncirculated versions of such coin, the Secretary shall, to the greatest extent possible, ensure that the surface treatment of each year’s proof or uncirculated version differs in some material way from that of the preceding year.
      ‘(6) DESIGN- Coins minted and issued under this subsection shall bear designs on the obverse and reverse that are close likenesses of the work of famed American coin designer and medallic artist Adolph Alexander Weinman–
        ‘(A) the obverse shall bear a high-relief likeness of the ‘Winged Liberty’ design used on the obverse of the so-called ‘Mercury dime’;
        ‘(B) the reverse shall bear a high-relief version of the reverse design of the 1907 American Institute of Architects medal; and
        ‘(C) the coin shall bear such other inscriptions, including ‘Liberty’, ‘In God We Trust’, ‘United States of America’, the denomination and weight of the coin and the fineness of the metal, as the Secretary determines to be appropriate and in keeping with the original design.
      ‘(7) MINT FACILITY- Any United States mint, other than the United States Mint at West Point, New York, may be used to strike coins minted under this subsection other than any proof version of any such coin. If the Secretary determines that it is appropriate to issue any proof version of such coin, coins of such version shall be struck only at the United States Mint at West Point, New York.
      ‘(8) MARKETING STUDY DEFINED- The market study described in paragraph (1) means an analysis of the market for palladium bullion investments conducted by a reputable, independent third party that demonstrates that there would be adequate demand for palladium bullion coins produced by the United States Mint to ensure that such coins could be minted and issued at no net cost to taxpayers.’.


    The budgetary effects of this Act, for the purpose of complying with the Statutory Pay-As-You-Go Act of 2010, shall be determined by reference to the latest statement titled ‘Budgetary Effects of PAYGO Legislation’ for this Act, submitted for printing in the Congressional Record by the Chairman of the House Budget Committee, provided that such statement has been submitted prior to the vote on passage.

Speaker of the House of Representatives.

Vice President of the United States and

President of the Senate.

Cosponsor List

The following House members cosponsored the bill:

  • None

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