IN THE SENATE OF THE UNITED STATES
May 5, 2011
Mr. Rockefeller (for himself, Mr. Manchin, Mr. Cochran, Mr. Whitehouse, and Ms. Stabenow) introduced the following bill; which was read twice and referred to the Committee on Banking, Housing, and Urban Affairs
To require the Secretary of the Treasury to mint coins in commemoration of the centennial of the establishment of Mother’s Day.
This Act may be cited as the
Mother's Day Centennial Commemorative
The Congress finds as follows:
Anna Jarvis, who is considered to be the founder of the modern Mother’s Day, was born in Webster, West Virginia, on May 1, 1864.
A resident of Grafton, West Virginia, Anna Jarvis dedicated much of her adult life to honoring her mother, Ann Maria Reeves Jarvis, who passed on May 9, 1905.
In 1908, the Andrews Methodist Episcopal Church of Grafton, West Virginia, officially proclaimed the third anniversary of Ann Maria Reeves Jarvis’ death to be Mother’s Day.
In 1910, West Virginia Governor, William Glasscock, issued the first Mother’s Day Proclamation encouraging all West Virginians to attend church and wear white carnations.
On May 8, 1914, the Sixty-Third Congress approved H.J. Res. 263, designating the second Sunday in May to be observed as Mother’s Day, and encouraging all Americans to display the American flag at their homes as a public expression of the love and reverence for the mothers of our Nation.
On May 9, 1914, President Woodrow Wilson issued a Presidential Proclamation directing government officials to display the American flag on all government buildings and inviting the American people to display the flag at their homes on the second Sunday of May as a public expression of the love and reverence for the mothers of our Nation.
The Secretary of the Treasury (hereinafter
in this Act referred to as the
Secretary) shall mint and issue
not more than 400,000 $1 coins, each of which shall—
weigh 26.73 grams;
have a diameter of 1.500 inches; and
contain 90 percent silver and 10 percent copper.
The coins minted under this Act shall be legal tender, as provided in section 5103 of title 31, United States Code.
For purposes of section 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 100th anniversary of President Wilson’s proclamation designating the second Sunday in May as Mother’s Day.
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
reviewed by the Citizens Coinage Advisory Committee established under section 5135 of title 31, United States Code.
Issuance of coins
Quality of coins
Coins minted under this Act shall be issued in uncirculated and proof qualities.
Commencement of issuance
The Secretary may issue coins minted under this Act beginning on January 1, 2014, except that the Secretary may initiate sales of such coins before such date.
Termination of minting authority
No coins shall be minted under this Act after December 31, 2014.
Sale of coins
Notwithstanding any other provision of law, the coins minted 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 required under section 7(a) for the coins, and the cost of designing and issuing such coins (including labor, materials, dies, use of machinery, overhead expenses, and marketing).
The Secretary shall make bulk sales of the coins minted under this Act at a reasonable discount.
Prepaid orders at a 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.
All sales of coins minted under this Act shall include a surcharge of $10 per coin.
Subject to section 5134(f) of title 31, United States Code, all surcharges which are received by the Secretary from the sale of coins minted under this Act shall be promptly paid by the Secretary as follows:
1/2 to the Susan G. Komen for the Cure, for the purpose of furthering research funded by the organization.
1/2 to the National Osteoporosis Foundation, for the purpose of furthering research funded by the Foundation.
The Susan G. Komen for the Cure and the National Osteoporosis 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 respective organizations under subsection (b).