On January 31, 2013, a bill was introduced in the Senate which seeks to require the Secretary of the Treasury to mint mad issue coins in recognition and celebration of the Pro Football Hall of Fame. The program would include gold coins, silver dollars, and clad composition half dollars.
The Pro Football Hall of Fame opened in Canton, Ohio on September 7, 1963 with a charter class of 17 players, coaches, and contributors enshrined. Currently, there are 273 members who have been elected. The Pro Football Hall of Fame has welcomed more than 9 million visitors since its opening and houses the world’s collection on professional football including more than 20,000 artifacts, 20 million pages of documents, and 3 million photographs.
The bill S. 203 Pro Football Hall of Fame Commemorative Coin Act was introduced by Sen. Rob Portman of Ohio and currently has seven cosponsors. Similar bills had been introduced in the 112th Congress in both the House and Senate, but these failed to become law. One of the bills H.R. 4104 was passed in the House and had 294 cosponsors, but was not voted on by the Senate.
The current bill contains similar provisions as the previous bills. The commemorative coin program would include $5 gold coins with a maximum mintage of 50,000, silver dollars with a maximum mintage of 400,000, and clad composition half dollars with a maximum mintage of 750,000. Each of these coins would be struck in both proof and uncirculated qualities and issued only during the one year period beginning on January 1, 2016.
Designs for the coins would be emblematic of the game of professional football and would be selected by the Secretary of the Treasury following consultation with the Commission of Fine Arts, the Pro Football Hall of Fame, and review by the Citizens Coinage Advisory Committee.
Surcharges of $35 per gold coin, $10 per silver dollar, and $5 per half dollar would be added to the price of each coin. The surcharges would be paid to the Pro Football Hall of Fame to help finance construction of a new building and renovation of existing Pro Football Hall of Fame facilities.