On March 15, 2012, the Senate passed a bill which will authorize the production of commemorative coins to mark the 225th anniversary of the US Marshals Service.
The bill H.R. 886 United States Marshals Service 225th Anniversary Commemorative Coin Act was introduced on March 2, 2011 by Rep. Steve Womack of Arkansas. The bill passed in the House of Representatives on December 15, 2011, and yesterday passed in the Senate with an amendment specifying that the program will not result in any net cost to the government. The amended bill will return to the House for final passage, and then await the President’s signature.
Three different coins are included in the program. A $5 gold coin will have a maximum mintage of 100,000 and feature an an image of the US Marshals Service Star on the obverse. The reverse design will be emblematic of the sacrifice and service of the men and women of the United States Marshals Service who lost their lives in the line of duty.
Silver dollars will be produced with a maximum mintage of 500,000. The obverse design will also carry the US Marhsals Service Star, while the reverse would bear an image emblematic of the United States Marshals legendary status in America’s cultural landscape, depicting Marshals as the lawmen of the frontier.
Clad composition half dollars will have a maximum mintage of 750,000. The obverse design will carry an image emblematic of the United States Marshals Service and its history. The reverse will carry a design representing the role that the US Marshals played in a changing nation, showing ties to the United States Constitution and themes including the Whiskey Rebellion and the rule of law, slavery and the legacy of inequality, and the struggle between labor and capital.
All coins will include inscriptions of the anniversary dates of 1789 and 2014, as well as the mint date of 2015. The coins are authorized for sale to the public on or after January 15, 2015. A sales ending date is not specified under the legislation, however it does indicate that no coins may be minted after December 31, 2015.
The legislation allows for a limited number of coins to be issued to the Director of the United States Marshals Service and employees of the Service for display and presentation during the 225th Anniversary celebration, which would take place in 2014.
The sales price of each coin will include a surcharge of $35 per gold coins, $10 per silver dollar, and $3 per half dollar. The first $5 million of the surcharges will be distributed to the US Marshals Museum for the preservation, maintenance, and display of artifacts and documents. Additional amounts would be distributed in thirds to the National Center for Missing & Exploited Children, the Federal Law Enforcement Officers Association Foundation, and the National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial Fund.