Bills recently introduced in the House of Representatives and the Senate which seek to require the Secretary of the Treasury to mint and issue commemorative coins in recognition and celebration of the Pro Football Hall of Fame. The program would include gold coins, silver dollars, and clad half dollars to be issued in 2019.
This represents the third legislative attempt to authorize the program. Bills were introduced in both the House and Senate in 2012 during the 112th Congress and in 2013 during the 113th Congress. The closest bill to becoming law was H.R. 4014 from the 112th Congress, which had 294 cosponsors and was passed in the House of Representatives. Other bills did not make it to a vote and had smaller numbers of cosponsors.
The latest set of bills are H.R. 602 introduced by Rep. James Renacci of Ohio and S. 294 introduced by Sen Robert Portman of Ohio. The bills have 14 and 18 cosponsors, respectively. Each bill was introduced on January 28, 2015 and then referred to committee.
The bills contain the same provisions for not more than 50,000 $5 gold coins, 400,000 silver dollars , and 750,000 clad half dollars with design emblematic of the game of professional football. The designs are to be selected by the Secretary of the Treasury following consultation with the Commission of Fine Arts, Pro Football Hall of Fame, and review by the Citizens Coinage Advisory Committee. The coins would be issued in proof and uncirculated qualities only during the one year period beginning on January 1, 2019.
Surcharges of $35 per gold coin, $10 per silver dollar, and $5 per half dollar would be added to the cost of the coins. These surcharges would be distributable to the Secretary to the Pro Football Hall of Fame to help finance the expansion and renovation of Pro Football Hall of Fame facilities.