In recent days, three previously introduced coin related bills have seen progress, including one bill officially signed into law.
Since United States Mint commemorative coins are established through acts of Congress, by tracking introduced and pending coin legislation, collectors can gain insight into potential and upcoming programs.
On August 1, 2012, the House of Representatives passed H.R. 4104: Pro Football Hall of Fame Commemorative Coin Act. This bill was introduced on February 28, 2012 and would require the Secretary of the Treasury to mint and issue $5 gold coins, silver dollars, and clad half dollars in recognition and celebration of the Pro Football Hall of Fame. If approved, the coins would be issued in 2016.
In order to become law, H.R. 4104 must still be passed in the Senate and signed by the President.
Also on August 1, 2012, the House passed H.R. 3187: March of Dimes Commemorative Coin Act. The bill was introduced last year on October 13, 2011 and would require the issuance of up to 500,000 silver dollars to commemorate the 75th anniversary of the establishment of the March of Dimes. Initially, the bill called for the coins to be issued in 2014, but this has now been amended to 2015.
In order to become law, H.R. 3187 must be passed in the Senate and signed into law by the President.
On August 3, 2012, H.R. 2527: National Baseball Hall of Fame Commemorative Coin Act was signed by the President. The bill had been introduced on July 14, 2011, passed by the House of October 26, 2011, and passed by the Senate on July 12, 2012. The Secretary of the Treasury will be required to issued up to 50,000 $5 gold coins, 400,000 silver dollars, and 750,000 clad half dollars in recognition of the National Baseball Hall of Fame. The coin may be sold during the one year period beginning on January 1, 2014.
Some particularly interesting aspects of the upcoming program include the call for a convex reverse of the coin to closely resemble a baseball and a concave obverse for dramatic display of the design. Also, the common obverse design of the coins will be determined through a public competition.
For 2014, the Baseball Commemorative Coin Program will join the previously approved program to mark the 50th anniversary of the Civil Rights Act of 1964. Under current law, only two programs may be approved for each year.