IN THE SENATE OF THE UNITED STATES
March 4, 2019
Mr. Cotton (for himself, Mr. Blumenthal, Mr. Jones, Ms. Warren, Mrs. Capito, Mr. Daines, and Mrs. Hyde-Smith) 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 the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier.
This Act may be cited as the
Tomb of the Unknown Soldier Centennial Commemorative Coin Act.
Congress finds the following:
The Tomb of the Unknown Soldier is a memorial site at Arlington National Cemetery. On March 4, 1921, Congress approved the burial of an unidentified soldier of the United States on the site to commemorate the unknown soldiers who died during World War I.
As of the date of enactment of this Act, the site also includes unknown soldiers from World War II and the Korean War. These graves are marked with white marble slabs embedded in the plaza below the original sarcophagus.
The original white marble sarcophagus of the unknown soldier from World War I features 3 Greek figures representing peace, victory, and valor. There are 6 wreaths, 3 sculpted on each side, which represent the major campaigns of World War I.
The original unknown soldier lay in the rotunda of the Capitol from his arrival in the United States until Armistice Day, 1921. President Warren G. Harding officiated at the interment ceremonies at the Memorial Amphitheater at Arlington National Cemetery.
The Tomb of the Unknown Soldier is guarded 24 hours a day, 365 days a year, and in any weather by Tomb Guard sentinels. The sentinels, all of whom are volunteers, are considered to be the best of the elite 3rd Infantry Regiment of the Army (commonly known as the
Old Guard), headquartered at Fort Myer, Virginia.
Inscribed on the back of the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier are the words,
Here rests in honored glory an American soldier known but to God.
$1 silver coins
The Secretary of the Treasury (referred to in this Act as the
Secretary) shall mint and issue not more than 100,000 $1 coins in commemoration of the centennial of the establishment of the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier, each of which shall—
weigh 26.73 grams;
have a diameter of 1.500 inches; and
contain not less than 90 percent silver.
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 centennial of the establishment of the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier.
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
inscriptions of the words
In God We Trust,
United States of America, and
E Pluribus Unum.
The design for the coins minted under this Act shall be—
chosen by the Secretary after consultation with—
the Society of the Honor Guard, Tomb of the Unknown Soldier; 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.
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 under this Act only during the 1-year period beginning on January 1, 2021.
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 described in section 7 with respect to the 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 date on which the coins are issued.
Sale prices with respect to prepaid orders under paragraph (1) shall be at a reasonable discount.
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 promptly paid by the Secretary to the National World War I Museum and Memorial for the purposes of commemorating the centennial of the establishment of the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier.
The National World War I Museum and Memorial shall be subject to the audit requirements under section 5134(f)(2) of title 31, United States Code, with respect to the amounts received under subsection (b).
Notwithstanding subsection (a), no surcharge may be included with respect to the issuance of any coin under this Act during a calendar year if, on the date of the issuance, the issuance of the coin would result in the number of commemorative coin programs issued during that year to exceed the limitation under section 5112(m)(1) of title 31, United States Code.
Issuance of guidance
The Secretary may issue guidance to carry out this subsection.
The Secretary shall take such actions as may be necessary to ensure that—
minting and issuing coins under this Act shall result in no net cost to the Federal Government; and
no funds, including applicable surcharges, may be disbursed to any recipient designated in section 7 until the total cost of designing and issuing all of the coins authorized by this Act (including labor, materials, dies, use of machinery, overhead expenses, marketing, and shipping) is recovered by the United States Treasury, consistent with sections 5112(m) and 5134(f) of title 31, United States Code.
The budgetary effects of this Act, for the purpose of complying with the Statutory Pay-As-You-Go Act of 2010 (2 U.S.C. 931 et seq.), shall be determined by reference to the latest statement titled
Budgetary Effects of PAYGO Legislation for this Act, submitted for printing in the Congressional Record by the Chairman of the Committee on the Budget of the Senate, provided that such statement has been submitted prior to the vote on passage.