IN THE SENATE OF THE UNITED STATES
February 25, 2016
Ms. Warren (for herself and Mr. McCain) 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 recognition of the 60th anniversary of the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame.
This Act may be cited as the
Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame Commemorative Coin Act.
The Congress finds that—
on December 21, 1891, a young physical education instructor named James Naismith introduced the game of
basket ball to his physical education class in Springfield, Massachusetts;
in 1959, the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame was founded and dedicated to the creator of basketball, Dr. James Naismith, in Springfield, Massachusetts,
The Birthplace of Basketball, and became the first and only museum to honor the game at all levels around the world;
the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame honors players who have achieved greatness, exemplary coaches, referees, and other major contributors to the sport of basketball;
the Inaugural Hall of Fame Class of 1959 had 17 honorees who were inducted, including Dr. James Naismith, George Mikan, Forrest C. Allen, Angelo Luisetti, the Original Celtics, and the First Team;
the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame is recognized throughout the world as the premier institution entrusted with recording and disseminating the history of the game of basketball and recognizing and honoring the achievements of its greatest players, coaches, and contributors;
the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame provides an entertaining and enriching experience and is known for its educational outreach programs that celebrate and promote positive core values demonstrated by the hallowed heroes of basketball and its founder;
basketball is one of the national treasures of the United States, with its fast pace that reflects the freedom of expression and the modern experience of life in the 21st century;
since its opening in 1959, the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame is home to the largest collection of basketball memorabilia in the world, including more than 30,000 3-dimensional objects, 800,000 photographs, and 1,500,000 documents;
the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame welcomes more than 6,000,000 visitors interested in discovering the rich history of the game through its stories, its personalities, and its most celebrated moments;
the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame reaches over 7,000,000 Americans through its educational programs, events, exhibits, social media, and its interactive website;
the customized educational programs of the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame use basketball to teach young students around the world the important lessons on a variety of topics, including financial literacy, mathematics, civil rights, leadership of character, women’s and men’s history, and geography; and
the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame will lead the celebration of 60th anniversary of basketball and will partner with a select group of constituents, including the National Basketball Association, the National Collegiate Athletic Association, and USA Basketball in commemorating the game throughout the 2019–2020 basketball season.
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 50,000 $5 coins, which shall—
weigh 8.359 grams;
be struck on a planchet having a diameter of 0.850 inches; and
contain 90 percent gold and 10 percent alloy.
$1 silver coins
Not more than 400,000 $1 coins, which shall—
weigh 26.73 grams;
be struck on a planchet having a diameter of 1.500 inches; and
contain not less than 90 percent silver.
Half-dollar clad coins
Not more than 750,000 half-dollar coins which shall—
weigh 11.34 grams;
be struck on a planchet having a diameter of 1.205 inches; and
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.
The coins minted under this Act shall be in the shape of a dome.
Design of coins
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.
Designations 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
inscriptions of the words
In God We Trust,
United States of America, and
E Pluribus Unum.
Selection and approval process for obverse design
The Secretary shall hold a competition to determine the design of the common obverse of the coins minted under this Act, with such design being emblematic of the game of basketball.
Selection and approval
Proposals for the design of coins minted under this Act may be submitted in accordance with the design selection and approval process developed by the Secretary in the sole discretion of the Secretary. The Secretary shall encourage 3-dimensional models to be submitted as part of the design proposals.
As part of the competition described in this subsection, the Secretary may accept proposals from artists, engravers and other employees of the United States Mint, other Government employees, and members of the general public.
The Secretary shall determine compensation for the winning design under this subsection, which shall be not less than $5,000. The Secretary shall take into account this compensation amount when determining the sale price described in section 6(a).
The design on the common reverse of the coins minted under this Act shall depict a basketball.
Issuance of coins
Quality of coins
Coins minted under this Act shall be issued in uncirculated and proof qualities.
Period for issuance
The Secretary may issue coins minted under this Act only during the 1-year period beginning on January 1, 2019.
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 7(a) with respect to such coins; and
the cost of designing and issuing the coins (including labor, materials, dies, use of machinery, winning design compensation, 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.
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 $5 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 Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame to fund an endowment that will enable the further operations of the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame.
The Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame 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).
Notwithstanding subsection (a), no surcharge may be included with respect to the issuance under this Act of any coin during a calendar year if, as of the time of such issuance, the issuance of such coin would result in the number of commemorative coin programs issued during such year to exceed the annual commemorative coin program issuance limitation under section 5112(m)(1) of title 31, United States Code (as in effect on the date of the enactment of this Act). The Secretary of the Treasury may issue guidance to carry out this subsection.