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H.R. 5872 (110th): Boy Scouts of America Centennial Commemorative Coin Act

The text of the bill below is as of Apr 22, 2008 (Introduced).



2d Session

H. R. 5872


April 22, 2008

(for himself, Mr. Abercrombie, Mr. Ackerman, Mr. Aderholt, Mr. Akin, Mr. Alexander, Mr. Allen, Mr. Andrews, Mr. Arcuri, Mr. Baca, Mrs. Bachmann, Mr. Bachus, Mr. Baird, Mr. Barrett of South Carolina, Mr. Bartlett of Maryland, Mr. Barton of Texas, Mr. Becerra, Mrs. Biggert, Mr. Bilbray, Mr. Bilirakis, Mr. Bishop of Utah, Mr. Bishop of Georgia, Mr. Bishop of New York, Mrs. Blackburn, Mr. Boehner, Mr. Bonner, Mrs. Bono Mack, Mr. Boozman, Mr. Boren, Mr. Boustany, Mr. Boyd of Florida, Mr. Brady of Texas, Mr. Brady of Pennsylvania, Mr. Broun of Georgia, Mr. Brown of South Carolina, Ms. Ginny Brown-Waite of Florida, Mr. Buchanan, Mr. Burgess, Mr. Burton of Indiana, Mr. Butterfield, Mr. Buyer, Mr. Calvert, Mr. Camp of Michigan, Mr. Campbell of California, Mr. Cannon, Mr. Cantor, Mrs. Capito, Mr. Cardoza, Mr. Carnahan, Mr. Castle, Mr. Chabot, Mr. Chandler, Mr. Clay, Mr. Coble, Mr. Conaway, Mr. Cooper, Mr. Costa, Mr. Costello, Mr. Courtney, Mr. Crenshaw, Mr. Crowley, Mrs. Cubin, Mr. Culberson, Mr. Cummings, Mr. Davis of Illinois, Mr. David Davis of Tennessee, Mr. Davis of Kentucky, Mr. Lincoln Davis of Tennessee, Mr. Tom Davis of Virginia, Mr. Deal of Georgia, Mr. DeFazio, Mr. Delahunt, Mr. Dent, Mr. Lincoln Diaz-Balart of Florida, Mr. Mario Diaz-Balart of Florida, Mr. Dicks, Mr. Dingell, Mr. Donnelly, Mr. Doolittle, Mr. Doyle, Mrs. Drake, Mr. Dreier, Mr. Duncan, Mr. Ehlers, Mr. Ellsworth, Mrs. Emerson, Mr. Engel, Mr. English of Pennsylvania, Mr. Etheridge, Mr. Everett, Ms. Fallin, Mr. Feeney, Mr. Ferguson, Mr. Flake, Mr. Forbes, Mr. Fortenberry, Mr. Fortuño, Mr. Fossella, Mr. Foster, Ms. Foxx, Mr. Franks of Arizona, Mr. Frelinghuysen, Mr. Gallegly, Mr. Garrett of New Jersey, Mr. Gerlach, Mr. Gilchrest, Mr. Gingrey, Mr. Gohmert, Mr. Goode, Mr. Goodlatte, Ms. Granger, Mr. Graves, Mr. Gene Green of Texas, Mr. Hall of Texas, Mr. Hayes, Mr. Heller of Nevada, Mr. Hensarling, Mr. Herger, Mr. Hill, Ms. Hirono, Mr. Hobson, Mr. Hoekstra, Mr. Holden, Mr. Holt, Mr. Hulshof, Mr. Hunter, Mr. Inglis of South Carolina, Mr. Israel, Mr. Issa, Mr. Jackson of Illinois, Mr. Jefferson, Ms. Eddie Bernice Johnson of Texas, Mr. Johnson of Georgia, Mr. Sam Johnson of Texas, Mr. Johnson of Illinois, Mr. Jones of North Carolina, Mr. Jordan of Ohio, Mr. Kanjorski, Mr. Keller of Florida, Mr. Kennedy, Mr. Kildee, Mr. Kind, Mr. King of New York, Mr. King of Iowa, Mr. Kingston, Mr. Kirk, Mr. Kline of Minnesota, Mr. Knollenberg, Mr. Kuhl of New York, Mr. LaHood, Mr. Lamborn, Mr. Lampson, Mr. Langevin, Mr. Larsen of Washington, Mr. Larson of Connecticut, Mr. Latham, Mr. LaTourette, Mr. Latta, Mr. Lewis of California, Mr. Lewis of Georgia, Mr. Lewis of Kentucky, Mr. Linder, Mr. Lipinski, Mr. LoBiondo, Mr. Lucas, Mr. Daniel E. Lungren of California, Mr. Lynch, Mr. Mack, Mr. Mahoney of Florida, Mrs. Maloney of New York, Mr. Manzullo, Mr. Marchant, Mr. Marshall, Mr. Matheson, Mr. McCarthy of California, Mr. McCaul of Texas, Mr. McCotter, Mr. McCrery, Mr. McHenry, Mr. McHugh, Mr. McIntyre, Mr. McKeon, Mrs. McMorris Rodgers, Mr. McNulty, Mr. Meeks of New York, Mr. Mica, Mrs. Miller of Michigan, Mr. Gary G. Miller of California, Mr. Miller of Florida, Mr. Mollohan, Mr. Moore of Kansas, Mr. Moran of Kansas, Mr. Tim Murphy of Pennsylvania, Mr. Murtha, Mrs. Musgrave, Mrs. Myrick, Mrs. Napolitano, Mr. Neal of Massachusetts, Mr. Neugebauer, Mr. Nunes, Mr. Oberstar, Mr. Olver, Mr. Ortiz, Mr. Pascrell, Mr. Pastor, Mr. Paul, Mr. Pearce, Mr. Pence, Mr. Perlmutter, Mr. Peterson of Minnesota, Mr. Petri, Mr. Pickering, Mr. Pitts, Mr. Platts, Mr. Poe, Mr. Pomeroy, Mr. Porter, Mr. Price of Georgia, Ms. Pryce of Ohio, Mr. Putnam, Mr. Radanovich, Mr. Ramstad, Mr. Regula, Mr. Rehberg, Mr. Reichert, Mr. Renzi, Mr. Reyes, Mr. Reynolds, Mr. Rodriguez, Mr. Rogers of Michigan, Mr. Rogers of Kentucky, Mr. Rohrabacher, Mr. Roskam, Ms. Ros-Lehtinen, Mr. Ross, Mr. Royce, Mr. Ruppersberger, Mr. Ryan of Wisconsin, Mr. Ryan of Ohio, Mr. Sali, Ms. Linda T. Sánchez of California, Ms. Herseth Sandlin, Mr. Saxton, Mr. Schiff, Mrs. Schmidt, Mr. Sensenbrenner, Mr. Serrano, Mr. Shadegg, Mr. Shays, Mr. Shimkus, Mr. Shuler, Mr. Shuster, Mr. Simpson, Mr. Skelton, Mr. Smith of Washington, Mr. Smith of New Jersey, Mr. Smith of Texas, Mr. Smith of Nebraska, Mr. Snyder, Mr. Souder, Mr. Spratt, Mr. Stearns, Mr. Stupak, Mr. Sullivan, Ms. Sutton, Mr. Tancredo, Mr. Taylor, Mr. Terry, Mr. Thompson of Mississippi, Mr. Thompson of California, Mr. Thornberry, Mr. Tiahrt, Mr. Tiberi, Mr. Turner, Mr. Udall of Colorado, Mr. Udall of New Mexico, Mr. Upton, Mr. Van Hollen, Mr. Walberg, Mr. Walden of Oregon, Mr. Walsh of New York, Mr. Walz of Minnesota, Mr. Wamp, Mr. Weiner, Mr. Welch of Vermont, Mr. Weldon of Florida, Mr. Weller of Illinois, Mr. Westmoreland, Mr. Whitfield of Kentucky, Mrs. Wilson of New Mexico, Mr. Wilson of South Carolina, Mr. Wolf, Mr. Wu, Mr. Wynn, Mr. Young of Florida, and Mr. Young of Alaska) introduced the following bill; which was referred to the Committee on Financial Services


To require the Secretary of the Treasury to mint coins in commemoration of the centennial of the Boy Scouts of America, and for other purposes.


Short title

This Act may be cited as the Boy Scouts of America Centennial Commemorative Coin Act.



The Congress finds as follows:


The Boy Scouts of America will celebrate its centennial on February 8, 2010.


The Boy Scouts of America is the largest youth organization in the United States, with 3,000,000 youth members and 1,000,000 adult leaders in the traditional programs of Cub Scouts, Boy Scouts, and Venturing.


Since 1910, more than 111,000,000 youth have participated in Scouting's traditional programs.


The Boy Scouts of America was granted a Federal charter in 1916 by an Act of the 64th Congress which was signed into law by President Woodrow Wilson.


In the 110th Congress, 248 members of the House of Representative and the Senate have participated in Boy Scouts of America as Scouts or adult leaders.


The mission of the Boy Scouts of America is to prepare young people to make ethical and moral choices over their lifetimes by instilling in them the values of the Scout Oath and Law.


Every day across our Nation, Scouts and their leaders pledge to live up the promise in the Scout Oath—On my honor I will do my best, To do my duty to God and my country and to obey the Scout Law; To help other people at all times; To keep myself physically strong, mentally awake, and morally straight—and the Scout Law, according to which a Scout is Trustworthy, Loyal, Helpful, Friendly, Courteous, Kind, Obedient, Cheerful, Thrifty, Brave, Clean, and Reverent.


In the past 4 years alone, Scouting youth and their leaders have volunteered more than 6,500,000 hours of service to their communities through more than 75,000 service projects, benefiting food banks, local schools, and civic organizations.


Coin specifications


$1 Silver Coins

The Secretary of the Treasury (hereafter in this Act referred to as the Secretary) shall mint and issue not more than 350,000 $1 coins in commemoration of the centennial of the founding of the Boy Scouts of America, each of which shall—


weigh 26.73 grams;


have a diameter of 1.500 inches; and


contain 90 percent silver and 10 percent copper.


Legal Tender

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


Numismatic Items

For purposes of sections 5134 and 5136 of title 31, United States Code, all coins minted under this Act shall be considered to be numismatic items.


Design of coins


Design Requirements


In general

The design of the coins minted under this Act shall be emblematic of the 100 years of the largest youth organization in United States, the Boy Scouts of America.


Designation and inscriptions

On each coin minted under this Act, there shall be—


a designation of the value of the coin;


an inscription of the year 2010; and


inscriptions of the words Liberty, In God We Trust, United States of America, and E Pluribus Unum.



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


selected by the Secretary, after consultation with the Chief Scout Executive of the Boy Scouts of America and the Commission of Fine Arts; and


reviewed by the Citizens Coinage Advisory Committee.


Issuance of coins


Quality of Coins

Coins minted under this Act shall be issued in uncirculated and proof qualities.


Mint Facility

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


Period for Issuance

The Secretary may issue coins under this Act only on or after February 8, 2010, and before January 1, 2011.


Sale of coins


Sale Price

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


the face value of the coins;


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


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


Bulk Sales

The Secretary shall make bulk sales of the coins issued under this Act at a reasonable discount.


Prepaid Orders


In general

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



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




In General

All sales of coins issued under this Act shall include a surcharge of $10 per coin.



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 paid to the National Boy Scouts of America Foundation, which funds will be made available to local councils in the form of grants for the extension of Scouting in hard to serve areas.



The Comptroller General of the United States shall have the right to examine such books, records, documents, and other data of the National Boy Scouts of America Foundation as may be related to the expenditures of amounts paid under subsection (b).