Bills have recently been introduced in the House and Senate which seek one ounce silver medals struck in commemoration of the 10th anniversary of the September 11, 2001 terrorist attacks and the establishment of the National September 11 Memorial & Museum at the World Trade Center.
H.R. 4684 was introduced in the House of Representatives on February 24, 2010 by Jerrold Nadler of New York. A companion bill S. 3034 was introduced in the Senate on the same date by Charles Schumer of New York. There are 54 cosponsors for the House version of the bill.
Although the language of the legislation is very similar to commemorative coin proposals, the bill specifically requests medals. The reasoning is likely due to the fact that two commemorative coin programs have already been approved for the year 2011, commemorating the U.S. Army and the Medal of Honor. Under current law, there can only be two commemorative coin programs per year. However, there is nothing to prevent the issuance of a commemorative medal.
Before the two commemorative coin programs for 2011 had been approved, a bill had been introduced on September 10, 2009 seeking September 11 Commemorative Coins. The current bill seeking medals carries many of the requirements and details.
The bills H.R. 4684 and S. 3034 seek the production of up to 2 million one ounce silver medals minted in quality comparable to proof coins. The medals would be issued beginning on January 1, 2011, with no medal struck after December 31, 2012. The bill suggests that one half of the medals should be struck at the West Point Mint and the other half struck at the Philadelphia Mint.
The design of the medals “shall be emblematic of the courage, sacrifice, and strength of those individuals who perished in the terrorist attacks of September 11, 2001, the bravery of those who risked their lives to save others that day, and the endurance, resilience, and hope of those who survived.” Required inscriptions are the years “2001-2011” and the words “Always Remember”.
The medals would be priced at the cost of designing and selling the medals plus a $10 surcharge. The surcharges would be payable to National September 11 Memorial & Museum at the World Trade Center for operations and maintenance of the Museum & Memorial at the World Trade Center.