US Marshals Service Commemorative Coin Act Presented to President

March 28, 2012

in Commemorative Coins

US Marshals Service

On March 23, 2012, legislation was presented to President Obama which will authorize clad, silver and gold commemorative coins honoring the 225th Anniversary of the US Marshals Service.

The legislation, H.R. 886 – United States Marshals Service 225th Anniversary Commemorative Coin Act, was introduced on March 2, 2011 by Rep. Steve Womack [R-AR3]. From there, it passed in the House on Dec. 15, 2011 and then moved to the Senate. The Senate approved an amended version on March 15, 2012. This slightly revised legislation was then passed in the House on March 21, 2012.

Now readied for a Presidential signature in order to become law, which will happen in a matter of days, the United States Mint will soon begin a process that will result in the production of up to 750,000 clad half dollars, a maximum of 500,000 silver dollars and up to 100,000 $5 gold coins. These coins will be minted for public release in 2015.

Each commemorative coin will feature a specific design which is "emblematic of the 225 years of exemplary and unparalleled achievements of the United States Marshals Service," H.R. 866 states. Obverses of the gold and silver dollars will actually bear an image of the US Marshal Service Star. The reverse of the gold coin will have a design emblematic of the sacrifice and service of the men and woman of the service who lost their lives in the line of duty. The reverse of the silver dollar will depict Marshals as the lawmen of the frontiers.

The obverse of the clad half dollar commemorative coin will have a design emblematic of the United States Marshals Service and its history while its reverse will show the ties that the Marshals have to the United States Constitution.

Each of the coins will have inscriptions of the mint date ‘2015’, the Marshal Service’s anniversary years of 1789 and 2014 and the words ‘Liberty’, ‘In God We Trust’, ‘United States of America’, and ‘E Pluribus Unum’.

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