H. R. 2001
IN THE HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES
April 21, 2009
Mr. Holt (for himself, Mr. Hinchey, Mr. Faleomavaega, Mr. Connolly of Virginia, Mr. Spratt, Mr. Patrick J. Murphy of Pennsylvania, and Mr. Markey of Massachusetts) introduced the following bill; which was referred to the Committee on Financial Services
To direct the Secretary of the Treasury to mint coins in commemoration of the battlefields of the Revolutionary War and the War of 1812, and for other purposes.
This Act may be cited as the
Revolutionary War and War of 1812
Battlefields Commemorative Coin Act of 2009.
commemoration of the Revolutionary War and the War of 1812, the Secretary of
the Treasury (hereafter in this Act referred to as the
Secretary) shall mint and issue the following coins:
$5 gold coins
Not more than 300,000 $5 coins, which shall—
weigh 8.359 grams;
have a diameter of 0.850 inches; and
contain 90 percent gold and 10 percent alloy.
$1 silver coins
Not more than 1,000,000 $1 coins, which shall—
weigh 26.73 grams;
have a diameter of 1.500 inches; and
contain 90 percent silver and 10 percent copper.
Half dollar clad coins
Not more than 2,000,000 half dollar coins which shall be minted to the specifications for half dollar coins contained in section 5112(b) of title 31, United States Code.
The coins minted under this Act shall be legal tender, as provided in section 5103 of title 31, United States Code.
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
The design of the coins minted under this Act shall be emblematic of the Revolutionary War and the War of 1812.
Designation and inscriptions
On each coin minted under this Act there shall be—
a designation of the value of the coin;
an inscription of
In God We Trust,
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 Commission of Fine Arts, and the
Revolutionary War and the War of 1812 Battlefields Foundation (hereafter in
this Act referred to as the
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.
Only 1 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 minted under this Act only during the 1-year period beginning on January 1, 2011.
Sale of coins
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 6(a) 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).
The Secretary shall make bulk sales of the coins issued under this Act at a reasonable discount.
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.
The Secretary, in cooperation with the Foundation, shall develop and implement a marketing program to promote and sell the coins authorized under this Act both within the United States and internationally.
All sales of coins minted under this Act shall include a surcharge as follows:
A surcharge of $35 per coin for the $5 coin.
A surcharge of $10 per coin for the $1 coin.
A surcharge of $3 per coin for the half dollar 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 promptly paid by the Secretary to the Foundation for purposes of the preservation of historically significant battlefields of the Revolutionary War and the War of 1812 and related historical sites.
The Foundation shall be subject to the audit requirements of section 5134(f)(2) of title 31, United States Code, with regard to the amounts received by the Fund under subsection (b).