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H.R. 1235 (115th): Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame Commemorative Coin Act

The text of the bill below is as of Feb 27, 2017 (Introduced).


I

115th CONGRESS

1st Session

H. R. 1235

IN THE HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES

February 27, 2017

(for himself, Mr. Barr, and Mr. Kelly of Pennsylvania) introduced the following bill; which was referred to the Committee on Financial Services

A BILL

To require the Secretary of the Treasury to mint coins in recognition of the 60th Anniversary of the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame.

1.

Short title

This Act may be cited as the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame Commemorative Coin Act.

2.

Findings

The Congress finds the following:

(1)

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.

(2)

In 1959, the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame was founded and dedicated to the game’s creator Dr. James Naismith, in Springfield, MA, The Birthplace of Basketball and became the first and only museum to honor the game at all levels around the world.

(3)

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 seventeen honorees who were inducted, including Dr. James Naismith, George Mikan, Forrest C. Allen, Angelo Luisetti, Original Celtics and First Team.

(4)

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.

(5)

The Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame provides an entertaining, enriching experience and is known for its educational outreach programs and celebrates and promotes positive core values demonstrated by basketball’s hallowed heroes and its founder.

(6)

Basketball is one of America’s national treasures; with its fast pace which reflects the freedom of expression and the modern experience of life in the 21st century.

(7)

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 three-dimensional objects, 800,000 photographs, and 1.5 million documents.

(8)

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.

(9)

The Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame reaches over seven million Americans through its educational programs, events, exhibits, social media, and its interactive website.

(10)

The Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame’s customized educational programs 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.

(11)

The Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame will lead the celebration of the 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.

3.

Coin specifications

(a)

Denominations

In recognition and celebration of the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame, the Secretary of the Treasury (hereafter in this Act referred to as the Secretary) shall mint and issue the following coins:

(1)

$5 Gold coins

Not more than 50,000 $5 coins, which shall—

(A)

weigh 8.359 grams;

(B)

be struck on a planchet having a diameter of 0.850 inches; and

(C)

contain 90 percent gold and 10 percent alloy.

(2)

$1 Silver coins

Not more than 400,000 $1 coins, which shall—

(A)

weigh 26.73 grams;

(B)

be struck on a planchet having a diameter of 1.500 inches; and

(C)

contain not less than 90 percent silver.

(3)

Half-dollar clad coins

Not more than 750,000 half-dollar coins which shall—

(A)

weigh 11.34 grams;

(B)

be struck on a planchet having a diameter of 1.205 inches; and

(C)

be minted to the specifications for half-dollar coins contained in section 5112(b) of title 31, United States Code.

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

(d)

Dome shape

The coins minted under this Act shall be in the shape of a dome.

4.

Design of coins

(a)

In general

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

(1)

selected by the Secretary after consultation with the Commission of Fine Arts; and

(2)

reviewed by the Citizens Coinage Advisory Committee.

(b)

Designations and inscriptions

On each coin minted under this Act there shall be—

(1)

a designation of the value of the coin;

(2)

an inscription of the year 2019; and

(3)

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

(c)

Selection and approval process for obverse design

(1)

In general

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.

(2)

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.

(3)

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.

(4)

Compensation

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).

(d)

Reverse design

The design on the common reverse of the coins minted under this Act shall depict a basketball.

5.

Issuance of coins

(a)

Quality of coins

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

(b)

Period for issuance

The Secretary may issue coins minted under this Act only during the 1-year period beginning on January 1, 2019.

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, winning design compensation, overhead expenses, marketing, and shipping).

(b)

Bulk sales

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

(c)

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.

7.

Surcharges

(a)

In general

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

(1)

A surcharge of $35 per coin for the $5 coin.

(2)

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

(3)

A surcharge of $5 per coin for the half-dollar 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 Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame to fund an endowment that will enable increased operations and educational programming of the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame.

(c)

Audits

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).

(d)

Limitation

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.