A bill which would require the Secretary of the Treasury to mint and issue coins recognizing the United States Army 5-Star Generals has been signed into law by the President. The program includes $5 gold coins, $1 silver coins, and half dollar clad coins to be released during 2013.
The bill H.R. 1177: 5-Star Generals Commemorative Coin Act had been introduced on February 25, 2009 by Rep. Dennis Moore of Kansas. The bill passed the House on May 20, 2010 and passed the Senate on September 28, 2010. With the President’s signature on October 8, 2010, the bill became Public Law No: 111-262.
There are five U. S. Army 5-Star Generals who will be honored with the upcoming commemorative coin program: George Marshall, Douglas MacArthur, Dwight Eisenhower, Henry Arnold, and Omar Bradley. The authorizing legislation states that the design of the coins shall include portraits of all five of the 5-Star Generals. The designs would be selected by the Secretary of the Treasury following consultation with the Command and General Staff College Foundation, the Commission of Fine Arts, and review by the Citizens Coinage Advisory Committee.
Maximum authorized mintages are also established for not more than 100,000 of the $5 gold coins, 500,000 of the $1 silver coins, and 750,000 of the half dollar clad coins. Both proof and uncirculated versions of the coins would be available, with at least one U.S. Mint facility used to strike each version.
The release of the coins will also coincide with the celebration of the 132nd anniversary of the Founding of the Army Command and General Staff College. Surcharges added to the cost of each coin would be distributed to the Command and General Staff College Foundation to help finance the College.
With the approval of the 5-Star Generals Coins, the schedule for commemorative coin programs has now been filled through 2013. Generally, only two programs may be approved for each year. A schedule of upcoming programs appears below.
|Upcoming U.S. Commemorative Coin Programs|
|2011||United States Army|
|Medal of Honor|
|2012||United States Army Infantry|
|Star Spangled Banner|
|2013||Girl Scouts Centennial|
|2014||Civil Rights Act of 1964|