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S. 867: National Women’s Hall of Fame Commemorative Coin Act of 2021


The text of the bill below is as of Mar 18, 2021 (Introduced).


II

117th CONGRESS

1st Session

S. 867

IN THE SENATE OF THE UNITED STATES

March 18, 2021

introduced the following bill; which was read twice and referred to the Committee on Banking, Housing, and Urban Affairs

A BILL

To require the Secretary of the Treasury to mint coins in recognition and celebration of the National Women’s Hall of Fame.

1.

Short title

This Act may be cited as the National Women’s Hall of Fame Commemorative Coin Act of 2021.

2.

Findings

The Congress finds the following:

(1)

In 1969, the National Women’s Hall of Fame was established in Seneca Falls, New York, the location of the first Women’s Rights Convention in 1848. A total of 276 women have been inducted represented well by the first class that included Jane Addams, Marian Anderson, Susan B. Anthony, Clara Barton, Mary MacLeod Bethune, Elizabeth Blackwell, Pearl S. Buck, Rachel Carson, Mary Cassatt, Emily Dickinson, Amelia Earhart, Alice Hamilton, Helen Hayes, Helen Keller, Eleanor Roosevelt, Florence Sabin, Margaret Chase Smith, Elizabeth Cady Stanton, Helen Brooke Taussig, and Harriet Tubman.

(2)

The National Women’s Hall of Fame is the Nation’s oldest membership organization dedicated to recognizing and celebrating the achievements of great American women.

(3)

The involvement of women in the Nation’s history is inadequately chronicled, commemorated, and celebrated as reflected in the following:

(A)

Fewer than 5 percent of the 2,596 national historic landmarks chronicle women’s achievements.

(B)

Only 9 of the 112 statues in the Capitol’s Statuary Hall are of women.

(C)

The National Park Service notes that only 3 of the 130 national monuments in the United States are dedicated to historic female figures.

(D)

Of the 5,575 outdoor sculpture portraits of historical figures in the United States, 559 portray women according to the Smithsonian American Art Museum’s online inventories catalog.

(E)

6 of the 89 National Historic Sites commemorate women.

(F)

Only 219 United States Postal Stamps were issued to commemorate women.

(4)

The National Women’s Hall of Fame will complete rehabilitation of its new home at the former Seneca Falls Knitting Mill, which is a historic building included in the National Historic Registry. The new building has over 20,000 square feet available for artifacts to ensure that women’s history and women’s contribution to American history will be preserved and recounted for future generations.

(5)

The National Women’s Hall of Fame plans to design an educational program utilizing video conference technology with students and teachers participating in interactive lessons led by educators from the National Women’s Hall of Fame. This program will provide important lessons on the impact that women have had on mathematics, geography, education, sciences, medicine, military, government, civil rights, economics, industrial technology, arts, and communication.

3.

Coin specifications

(a)

Denominations

In recognition and celebration of the National Women’s 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 diameter of 0.850 inches; and

(C)

contain not less than 90 percent gold.

(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.

(4)

Proof silver $1 coins

Not more than 100,000 proof $1 silver coins which shall—

(A)

weigh 5 ounces;

(B)

be struck on a planchet having a diameter of 3 inches; and

(C)

contain .999 fine silver.

(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)

Sense of congress

It is the sense of Congress that, to the extent possible without significantly adding to the purchase price of the coins, the coins minted under this Act should be produced in a fashion that provides a more dramatic display of the obverse design.

4.

Designs of coins

(a)

Designs requirements

(1)

In general

The designs of the coins minted under this section shall be emblematic of the impact that women have had on mathematics, geography, education, sciences, medicine, military, government, civil rights, economics, industrial technology, arts, and communication.

(2)

Designation and inscriptions

On each coin minted under this Act there shall be—

(A)

a designation of the denomination of the coin;

(B)

an inscription of the year 2023; and

(C)

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

(b)

Selection

The designs of the coins minted under this Act shall be—

(1)

selected by the Secretary after consultation with—

(A)

the National Women’s Hall of Fame; and

(B)

the Commission of Fine Arts; and

(2)

reviewed by the Citizens Coinage Advisory Committee.

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, 2023.

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.

(d)

Marketing and educational campaign

The Secretary shall develop and execute a marketing, promotion, and educational program to promote the collecting of the coins authorized under this Act.

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 described under section 3(a)(2).

(3)

A surcharge of $5 per coin for the half-dollar coin.

(4)

A surcharge of $50 per coin for the $1 coin described under section 3(a)(4)

(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 National Women’s Hall of Fame Foundation to establish an endowment fund that will provide long-term financing for the National Women’s Hall of Fame’s operations.

(c)

Audits

The National Women’s Hall of Fame 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 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.

8.

Financial assurances

The Secretary shall take such actions as may be necessary to ensure that—

(1)

minting and issuing coins under this Act will not result in any net cost to the United States Government; and

(2)

no funds, including applicable surcharges, are 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, winning design compensation, 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.