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, Congress passed a law designating the second Sunday in May as Mother’s Day, followed by a Presidential Proclamation by Woodrow Wilson.
Recently bills, were introduced in the Senate and the House of Representatives seeking to issue commemorative silver dollars to mark the centennial of the establishment of Mother’s Day.
The bill S. 889 Mother’s Day Centennial Commemorative Coin Act was introduced on May 5, 2011 by Sen. John Rockefeller of West Virginia. A House version of the bill, H.R. 1736, was introduced on the same day by Rep. David McKinley of West Virginia.
The legislation seeks to require the Secretary of the Treasury to mint and issue up to 400,000 silver dollars with a design emblematic of the 100th anniversary of President Wilson’s proclamation establishing Mother’s Day. Designs for the coins would be selected by the Secretary following consultation with the Commission of Fine Arts and review by the Citizens Coinage Advisory Committee.
Each Mother’s Day Silver Dollar would have a weight of 26.73 grams, diameter of 1.5 inches, and composition of 90% silver and 10% copper. Both proof and uncirculated qualities of the coin would be struck . The coins may be issued beginning on January 1, 2014. No coins may be minted after December 31, 2014.
A surcharge of $10 per coin would be added to the sales price. The surcharges received from the sale of coins shall be distributed 50% to the Susan G. Komen for the Cure and 50% to the National Osteoporosis Foundation for the purposes of further the research funded by each organization.
In order to become law, one of the bills must be approved in both the House of Representatives and the Senate, and then signed by the President. Legislation was previously introduced in the 110th and 111th sessions of Congress seeking Mother’s Day commemorative coins, but neither bill become law.