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S. 185: Cancel the Coin Act

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About the bill

It probably wouldn’t be accepted in your nearest vending machine.

The coin

Legally, the Treasury Department may mint a platinum coin in any value it chooses, through the U.S. Mint. It uses this power to create collectible coins for numismatists, such as this $100 coin featuring the Statue of Liberty. But, some ask, why stop at a coin worth $100?

Through a concept called seigniorage, the difference between the cost of producing legal tender and the value assigned to it, the government can create a coin in any value and keep the profit for itself. For example, if a coin costs a dollar to make and is assigned a value of $1 trillion, then the government “profits” $999,999,999,999.

Nothing in current law prevents them from doing so. …

Sponsor and status

Mike Lee

Sponsor. Senior Senator for Utah. Republican.

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Last Updated: Feb 2, 2021
Length: 2 pages
Feb 2, 2021
117th Congress (2021–2023)

Introduced on Feb 2, 2021

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2 Cosponsors (2 Republicans)

2% chance of being enacted according to Skopos Labs (details)


Feb 2, 2021

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