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Text of the NASA and JPL 50th Anniversary Commemorative Coin Act

This bill was introduced in a previous session of Congress and was passed by the House on July 12, 2005 but was never passed by the Senate. The text of the bill below is as of Jun 17, 2005 (Reported by House Committee).

This is not the latest text of this bill.

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Union Calendar No. 81

109th CONGRESS

1st Session

H. R. 68

[Report No. 109–133, Part I]

IN THE HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES

January 4, 2005

(for himself, Mr. DeLay, Mr. Gene Green of Texas, and Mr. Schiff) introduced the following bill; which was referred to the Committee on Financial Services

June 15, 2005

Reported with an amendment and referred to the Committee on Ways and Means for a period ending not later than June 17, 2005, for consideration of such provisions of the bill and amendment as fall within the jurisdiction of that committee pursuant to clause 1(t), rule X

Strike out all after the enacting clause and insert the part printed in italic

June 17, 2005

Additional sponsors: Mr. Sherman, Mr. Al Green of Texas, Mr. Towns, Mrs. McCarthy, Mr. Van Hollen, Mr. Davis of Tennessee, Mr. Thompson of California, Mr. Reyes, Mr. Hall, Mr. Pickering, Mr. Gordon, Mr. Brady of Texas, Mr. Cox, Mr. Calvert, Mr. Moore of Kansas, Mr. Serrano, Mr. Weldon of Pennsylvania, Mr. Bartlett of Maryland, Mr. Ehlers, Mr. Wicker, Mr. Simpson, Mr. Cramer, Mr. Taylor of Mississippi, Mr. Boehlert, Ms. Loretta Sanchez of California, Mr. Spratt, Ms. Corrine Brown of Florida, Mr. Hyde, Mr. Boyd, Mr. Goode, Mr. Tancredo, Mr. Hoyer, Mr. McCotter, Mr. Gibbons, Mr. Ortiz, Mr. Wolf, Mr. Hastings of Florida, Mr. Ruppersberger, Mrs. Lowey, Mr. McCaul of Texas, Mr. Berman, Mr. Gerlach, Mr. Kucinich, Mr. Bachus, Mr. Shays, Mr. Sam Johnson of Texas, Mrs. Jo Ann Davis of Virginia, Mr. Blunt, Mr. Sweeney, Mr. Johnson of Illinois, Mr. Olver, Mr. Beauprez, Mr. Abercrombie, Mr. Aderholt, Mr. Akin, Mr. Barrett of South Carolina, Mr. Bass, Mr. Bonner, Mr. Brown of South Carolina, Mr. Burgess, Mr. Carter, Mr. Castle, Mr. Chabot, Mr. Cole of Oklahoma, Mr. Cuellar, Mr. Davis of Illinois, Mr. Tom Davis of Virginia, Ms. DeLauro, Mr. Lincoln Diaz-Balart of Florida, Mr. Mario Diaz-Balart of Florida, Mr. Doolittle, Mrs. Drake, Mr. Edwards, Mr. English of Pennsylvania, Mr. Feeney, Ms. Foxx, Mr. Franks of Arizona, Mr. Garrett of New Jersey, Mr. Gillmor, Mr. Gohmert, Mr. Gutknecht, Mr. Hensarling, Mr. Hobson, Mr. Hoekstra, Mr. Istook, Mr. Jindal, Mr. Jones of North Carolina, Ms. Kaptur, Mr. Kline, Mr. Linder, Mr. Daniel E. Lungren of California, Mr. Mack, Mr. Marchant, Mr. McHenry, Mr. McKeon, Miss McMorris, Mr. Miller of Florida, Mr. Murphy, Mr. Neugebauer, Mrs. Northup, Mr. Osborne, Mr. Pastor, Mr. Pence, Mr. Pitts, Mr. Poe, Mr. Ramstad, Mr. Rehberg, Mr. Reichert, Mr. Ryun of Kansas, Mr. Schwarz of Michigan, Mr. Sessions, Mr. Smith of New Jersey, Mr. Tiahrt, Mr. Weldon of Florida, Mr. Westmoreland, Mr. Whitfield, Mr. Wilson of South Carolina, Mr. Wu, Mr. Cantor, Mr. Everett, Mrs. Kelly, Mr. King of Iowa, Mr. Kennedy of Minnesota, Mr. Meehan, Mr. George Miller of California, Mrs. Musgrave, Mr. Norwood, Ms. Eddie Bernice Johnson of Texas, Mr. Radanovich, Mr. Baird, Mr. Baker, Ms. Baldwin, Mrs. Blackburn, Mr. Burton of Indiana, Mr. Buyer, Mr. Cannon, Mrs. Capito, Mr. Chocola, Mr. Clyburn, Mrs. Cubin, Mr. DeFazio, Mr. Dent, Mrs. Emerson, Mr. Ferguson, Mr. Foley, Mr. Gallegly, Mr. Hayworth, Mr. Hostettler, Mr. Issa, Ms. Jackson-Lee of Texas, Mr. Lewis of California, Mr. Menendez, Mr. Miller of North Carolina, Mr. Reynolds, Mr. Rohrabacher, Ms. Ros-Lehtinen, Mr. Ryan of Wisconsin, Ms. Linda T. Sánchez of California, Mr. Saxton, Mr. Skelton, Mr. Snyder, Mr. Stearns, Mr. Terry, Mr. Walsh, Mr. Wamp, Mrs. Wilson of New Mexico, Mr. Jefferson, Mrs. Johnson of Connecticut, Mr. Sullivan, Mr. Duncan, Mr. Cunningham, Mr. Ross, Mr. Meek of Florida, Mr. Manzullo, Mr. Portman, Mr. Fossella, Mr. Putnam, Mr. Hayes, Mr. Ford, Mr. Gonzalez, Mr. Deal of Georgia, Mr. Forbes, Ms. Granger, Mr. Graves, Mr. Jenkins, Mr. Gary G. Miller of California, Mr. Platts, Mr. Price of Georgia, Mr. Rogers of Michigan, Mr. Shadegg, Mr. Shuster, Mr. Smith of Texas, Mr. Sherwood, Mr. Shaw, Mr. Alexander, Mr. Boehner, Mr. Bonilla, Mrs. Bono, Mr. Fitzpatrick of Pennsylvania, Mr. Goodlatte, Mr. Green of Wisconsin, Mr. Hunter, Mr. Kolbe, Mr. LaTourette, Mr. Markey, Mr. Nunes, Mr. Otter, Mr. Rahall, Mr. Souder, Mr. Thornberry, Mr. Tiberi, Mr. Bilirakis, Mr. Rangel, Mr. Crenshaw, Mr. Kingston, Mr. LaHood, Mr. Rogers of Alabama, Ms. Slaughter, Mr. Young of Florida, Mrs. Biggert, Mr. Coble, Mr. Gingrey, Ms. Harris, Mr. Hulshof, Mr. Keller, Mr. King of New York, Mr. Kirk, Mr. McHugh, Mrs. Myrick, Mr. Rogers of Kentucky, Mr. Simmons, Mr. Sodrel, Mr. Upton, Mr. Young of Alaska, Mr. Knollenberg, Mr. Kildee, Mrs. Tauscher, Mr. Wynn, Mr. Berry, Mr. Bishop of New York, Mr. Blumenauer, Mr. Boren, Mr. Boustany, Mr. Bradley of New Hampshire, Mr. Camp, Mrs. Capps, Mr. Capuano, Mr. Carnahan, Mr. Case, Mr. Conyers, Mrs. Davis of California, Mr. Davis of Kentucky, Mr. Dreier, Ms. Eshoo, Mr. Farr, Mr. Frank of Massachusetts, Mr. Frelinghuysen, Mr. Gilchrest, Ms. Harman, Mr. Hefley, Mr. Hinojosa, Mr. Holt, Mr. Honda, Mr. Kuhl of New York, Mr. Lantos, Mr. Latham, Mr. LoBiondo, Mr. Mollohan, Mr. Moran of Kansas, Mr. Neal of Massachusetts, Mr. Ney, Mr. Oberstar, Mr. Renzi, Mr. Scott of Virginia, Mr. Sensenbrenner, Mr. Shimkus, Mr. Tierney, Mr. Udall of Colorado, Ms. Watson, Mr. Boswell, Mr. Conaway, Ms. McCollum of Minnesota, Mr. Price of North Carolina, Mr. Weiner, Mr. Doggett, Mr. Porter, and Mr. Cardoza

June 17, 2005

Committee on Ways and Means discharged; committed to the Committee of the Whole House on the State of the Union and ordered to be printed

For text of introduced bill, see copy of bill as introduced on January 4, 2005

A BILL

To require the Secretary of the Treasury to mint coins in commemoration of the 50th anniversary of the establishment of the National Aeronautics and Space Administration and the Jet Propulsion Laboratory.

1.

Short title

This Act may be cited as the NASA and JPL 50th Anniversary Commemorative Coin Act.

2.

Coin specifications

(a)

Denominations

In commemoration of the 50th anniversary of the establishment of the National Aeronautics and Space Administration and the Jet Propulsion Laboratory, the Secretary of the Treasury (hereafter in this Act referred to as the “Secretary) shall mint and issue the following coins:

(1)

$50 gold coins

Not more than 50,000 $50 gold coins which shall—

(A)

weigh 33.931 grams;

(B)

have a diameter of 32.7 millimeters; and

(C)

contain 1 troy ounce of fine gold.

(2)

$1 silver coins

Not more than 400,000 $1 coins of each of the 9 designs specified in section 3(a)(3)(B), which shall—

(A)

weigh 26.73 grams;

(B)

have a diameter of 1.500 inches; and

(C)

contain 90 percent silver and 10 percent copper.

(b)

Legal tender

The coins minted under this Act shall be legal tender, as provided in section 5103 of title 31, United States Code.

(c)

Numismatic items

For purposes of section 5134 of title 31, United States Code, all coins minted under this Act shall be considered to be numismatic items.

3.

Design of coins

(a)

Design requirements

(1)

In general

The design of the coins minted under this Act shall be emblematic of the 50 years of exemplary and unparalleled achievements of the National Aeronautics and Space Administration and the Jet Propulsion Laboratory.

(2)

Designation and inscriptions

On each coin minted under this Act there shall be—

(A)

a designation of the value of the coin;

(B)

an inscription of the year 2008; and

(C)

inscriptions of the words Liberty, In God We Trust, United States of America, and E Pluribus Unum, and such other inscriptions as the Secretary may determine to be appropriate for the designs of the coins.

(3)

Coin images

(A)

$50 coins

(i)

Obverse

The obverse of the $50 coins issued under this Act shall bear an image of the sun.

(ii)

Reverse

The reverse of the $50 coins issued under this Act shall bear a design emblematic of the sacrifice of the United States astronauts who lost their lives in the line of duty over the course of the space program.

(iii)

Edge

The edge of the $50 coins issued under this Act shall bear the names and dates of the spacecraft missions on which United States astronauts lost their lives over the course of the space program.

(iv)

High relief

The design and inscriptions on the obverse and reverse of the $50 coins issued under this Act shall be in high relief.

(B)

$1 coins

(i)

Obverse

The obverse of the $1 coins issued under this Act shall bear 9 different designs each of which shall consist of an image of 1 of the 9 planets of the solar system, including Earth.

(ii)

Reverse

(I)

8 planets other than earth

The reverse of the $1 coins issued under this Act, other than the $1 coins which bear an image of the Earth on the obverse, shall bear 8 different designs each of which shall be emblematic of the discoveries and missions of the Jet Propulsion Laboratory to the planet depicted on the obverse.

(II)

Earth coin

At least 1 of the designs on the reverse of the $1 coins issued under this Act which bear an image of the Earth on the obverse shall bear images emblematic of, and honoring, the discoveries and missions of the National Aeronautics and Space Administration, the Mercury, Gemini and Space Shuttle missions and other manned Earth-orbiting missions, and the Apollo missions to the Moon.

(iii)

Edge

It is the sense of the Congress that, to the extent practicable, the edge of each $1 coin should bear the names and dates or range of dates of missions or mission types to the planet depicted on the reverse

(4)

Realistic and scientifically accurate depictions

The images for the designs of coins issued under this Act shall be selected on the basis of the realism and scientific accuracy of the images and on the extent to which the images are reminiscent of the dramatic and beautiful artwork on coins of the so-called Golden Age of Coinage in the United States, at the beginning of the Twentieth Century, with the participation of such noted sculptors and medallic artists as James Earle Fraser, Augustus Saint-Gaudens, Victor David Brenner, Adolph A. Weinman, Charles E. Barber, and George T. Morgan.

(b)

Selection

The design for the coins minted under this Act shall be—

(1)

selected by the Secretary after consultation with the Administrator of the National Aeronautics and Space Administration, the Director of the Jet Propulsion Laboratory, and the Commission of Fine Arts; and

(2)

reviewed by the Citizens Coin Advisory Committee.

4.

Symbolic Inclusion of Metals That Have Flown in Space

(a)

Collection

Each Federal agency and instrumentality of the United States, including the Department of Defense, the Smithsonian Institution, the National Aeronautics and Space Administration, and the Jet Propulsion Laboratory, that has in its possession any craft, or any part of a craft, that flew in space shall—

(1)

retrieve such gold, silver, copper, and other metals that the Director of the United States Mint determines are appropriate for use in the production of any coins under this Act, from such craft or part, that can be retrieved without harming any such craft or part that may be of continuing use for its original purpose or for research, or whose preservation is appropriate for historical purposes; and

(2)

deposit such metals so retrieved with the Director of the United States Mint.

(b)

Use of metals in production of coins

Any metals deposited with the Director of the United States Mint under subsection (a) shall be used in the production of the coins struck under this Act by blending such metals with other metal necessary for the production of such coins so that all of the coins produced under this Act will contain some proportion of the bullion obtained from craft or parts of crafts that flew in space in an amount appropriate for the types and denominations of the coins and the amount of metals so deposited.

(c)

Recordkeeping

It is the sense of the Congress that each Federal agency and instrumentality of the United States which retrieves any metals in accordance with subsection (a) should maintain accurate and complete records of the retrieval and deposit of any such metals sufficient to allow the Director of the United States Mint to provide certificates of authenticity with coins issued under this Act that some proportion of the contents of such coins were obtained from craft or parts of crafts that flew in space.

5.

Issuance of coins

(a)

Quality of coins

Coins minted under this Act shall be issued in proof quality only.

(b)

Mint facility

Only 1 facility of the United States Mint may be used to strike any particular combination of denomination and quality of the coins minted under this Act.

(c)

Commencement of issuance

The Secretary may issue coins minted under this Act beginning January 1, 2008.

(d)

Termination of minting authority

No coins may be minted under this Act after December 31, 2008.

6.

Sale of coins

(a)

Sale price

The coins issued under this Act shall be sold by the Secretary at a price equal to the sum of—

(1)

the face value of the coins;

(2)

the surcharge provided in section 7(a) with respect to such coins; and

(3)

the cost of designing and issuing the coins (including labor, materials, dies, use of machinery, overhead expenses, marketing, and shipping).

(b)

Prepaid orders

(1)

In general

The Secretary shall accept prepaid orders for the coins minted under this Act before the issuance of such coins.

(2)

Discount

Sale prices with respect to prepaid orders under paragraph (1) shall be at a reasonable discount.

(c)

Presentation

In addition to the issuance of coins under this Act in such other methods of presentation as the Secretary of the Treasury determines to be appropriate, the Secretary shall provide, as a sale option, a presentation case which displays the $50 gold coin in the center surrounded by the $1 silver coins in an elliptical orbit.

7.

Surcharges

(a)

In general

All sales of coins minted under this Act shall include a surcharge as follows:

(1)

A surcharge of $50 per coin for the $50 coin.

(2)

A surcharge of $10 per coin for the $1 coin.

(b)

Distribution

Subject to section 5134(f) of title 31, United States Code, all surcharges received by the Secretary from the sale of coins issued under this Act shall be promptly paid by the Secretary to the NASA Family Assistance Fund for the purposes of providing need-based financial assistance to the families of NASA personnel who die as a result of injuries suffered in the performance of their official duties.

(c)

Audits

The NASA Family Assistance Fund shall be subject to the audit requirements of section 5134(f)(2) of title 31, United States Code, with regard to the amounts received under subsection (b).

June 17, 2005

Committee on Ways and Means discharged; committed to the Committee of the Whole House on the State of the Union and ordered to be printed