On May 9, 2013, Rep. David McKinley or West Virginia introduced a bill in the House of Representatives which seeks to authorize commemorative silver dollars to be issued to celebrate the centennial of the establishment of Mother’s Day.
Anna Marie Jarvis is considered to be the founder of the modern Mother’s Day. The first official celebration took place May 10, 1908 at Andrew’s Methodist Episcopal Church in Grafton, West Virginia on the third anniversary of her mother’s passing. In 1910, the holiday was officially declared by the State of West Virginia. In 1914, the Sixty-Third Congress approved H. J. Res. 263 designating the second Sunday in May as Mother’s Day. President Woodrow Wilson issued a Presidential Proclamation the following day directing government officials to display the American flag on all government buildings and inviting the American people to display the flag at their homes on the second Sunday of May as a public expression of the love and reverence for the mothers of our Nation.
In a press release issued last week, Rep. McKinley said, “This is the perfect time to reintroduce this bill as we approach Mother’s Day on Sunday. Everyone can share a story of how their mother contributed to making them into the person they are today; the minting of this Centennial commemorative coin honoring our mothers is a small step in showing our gratitude.”
The bill H.R. 1905 directs the Secretary of the Treasury to mint and issue up to 400,000 silver dollars with designs emblematic of the 100th anniversary of President Wilson’s proclamation designating the second Sunday in May as Mother’s Day. Each coin would have a composition of 90% silver and 10% copper, diameter of 1.5 inches, weight of 26.73 grams, and would be available in uncirculated and proof qualities.
The coins may be issued beginning on January 1, 2014 and will be sold at a price equal to the sum of the face value of the coins, the required surcharge, and the cost of designing and issuing the coins. No coins may be minted after December 31, 2014.
The surcharge amount will be $10 per coin. The surcharges collected would be distributed one-half to the St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital and one-half to the National Osteoporosis Foundation.
In order to become law, the bill must be passed in the House of Representatives and Senate and signed by the President. In 2011, bills seeking Mother’s Day Commemorative Coins had been introduced in both the House and Senate, but failed to become law.