A bill has been introduced in the House of Representatives seeking to authorize commemorative coins to mark the 100th anniversary of America’s entrance into World War I. More than four million men and women of the United States served in uniform during World War I. As noted in the findings of the bill, the centennial of America’s involvement in the war offers an opportunity for people in the United States to commemorate the commitment of their predecessors.
H.R. 4107 World War I American Veterans Centennial Commemorative Coin Act was introduced by Rep. Doug Lamborn of Colorado on February 29, 2012. There are five cosponsors to the bill, which has been referred to the House Committee on Financial Services.
If the bill becomes law, it would require the Secretary of the Treasury to mint and issue silver dollars with a maximum mintage of 350,000. The coins would have a composition of 90% silver and 10% copper, with a weight of 26.73 grams and diameter of 1.500 inches.
Designs for the coins would be emblematic of the centennial of America’s involvement in World War I. The specific designs would be selected based on the winning design from a competition. The competition would be judged by an expert jury chaired by the Secretary of the Treasury and three members each from the Citizens Coinage Advisory Committee and Commission of Fine Arts. A prize of not less than $5,000 would be provided as compensation for the winning design.
The World War I Centennial Silver Dollars would be produced in both proof and uncirculated versions. The coins would be issued only during the calendar year beginning on January 1, 2017.
A surcharge of $10 per coin would be added to the sales price. The surcharges would be distributed to the World War I Memorial Foundation.
Within the modern commemorative coin era, previous programs have memorialized the Civil War, World War II, the Korean War, and the Vietnam War. There have been no commemorative coins issued for World War I.