On December 17, 2013, a bill was introduced in the Senate which seeks authorize a commemorative coin program in recognition and celebration of the Pro Football Hall of Fame.
Similar bills had previously been introduced in the Senate on January 31, 2013 and in the House of Representatives on April 18, 2013. A pair of bills had also been introduced in the 112th Congress, which both failed to become law. One of the bills was passed in the House and had 294 cosponsors, but was not voted on by the Senate. The push for a Pro Football Hall of Fame commemorative coin program follows the authorization of a program for the National Baseball Hall of Fame, which will see coins issued in 2014.
The latest bill S. 1824 would require the Secretary of the Treasury to mint and issue up to 50,000 $5 gold coins, 400,000 silver dollars, and 750,000 clad half dollar coins featuring designs emblematic of the game of professional football.
The gold coins would be struck in 90% gold and 10% alloy, with a weight of 8.359 grams and diameter of 0.850 inches. The silver dollars would be struck in 90% silver and 10% copper with a weight of 26.73 grams and diameter of 1.500 inches. The half dollars would be stuck in copper-nickel clad have a weight of 11.34 grams and diameter of 1.205 inches.
The bill calls for the coins to be issued only during the 1-year period beginning on January 1, 2017. The current House bill also calls for the coins to be issued in 2017. The previous Senate bill had called for the coins to be issued in 2016.
Surcharges of $35 per gold coin, $10 per silver dollar, and $5 per half dollar would be added to the price of each coin. The surcharges would be paid to the Pro Football Hall of Fame to help finance construction of a new building and renovation of existing Pro Football Hall of Fame facilities.