A bill was introduced in the Senate by Sen. Robert Portman of Ohio on May 10, 2012, which seeks to require the Secretary of the Treasury to mint and issue coins in commemoration of the Pro Football Hall of Fame.
This follows a similar bill introduced in the House of Representatives on February 28, 2012.
The Senate bill S.3077 similarly calls $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 the coins would bear designs emblematic of the game of professional football.
Sen. Portman said, “The commemorative coin is a great way to recognize the legends who have contributed to America’s rich football heritage. Ohio is well-represented in the Hall of Fame due to the talent of many former Cleveland Browns and Cincinnati Bengals players, including the great Ozzie Newsome, Bobby Mitchell and my good friend Anthony Muñoz. The Pro Football Hall of Fame commemorative coin will ensure that important aspects of America’s sports history are preserved, at no cost to the taxpayer.”
If the bill becomes law, the Pro Football Hall of Fame Commemorative Coins would be issued during the one year period beginning on January 1, 2016.
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.