A bill recently introduced in the House of Representatives seeks to require $5 gold coins, silver dollars, and clad half dollars to be minted and issued in recognition and celebration of the Pro Football Hall of Fame.
The bill H.R. 4104 Pro Football Hall of Fame Commemorative Coin Act was introduced by Rep. Jim Renacci of Ohio on February 28, 2012. The bill currently has no co-sponsors and has been referred to the House Committee on Financial Services.
Rep. Renacci said, “I am honored to have the opportunity to help commemorate the 50th Anniversary of the Pro Football Hall of Fame. Professional football is the most watched sport in America, and almost nine million people have visited the Hall to pay homage to heroes like Vince Lombardi, Johnny Unitas, Jim Thorpe, and of course Paul Brown, the man credited with founding both of Ohio’s professional football teams. Recent expansions have truly made it a state-of-the-art facility, and I am proud to serve as Hall’s representative in Congress.”
The $5 gold coins included in the bill would have a weight of 8.359 grams, diameter of 0.85 inches, and composition of 90% gold, with a maximum mintage of 50,000. The silver dollars would have a weight of 26.73 grams, diameter of 1.5 inches, and composition of 90% silver, with a maximum of 400,000. The half dollars would be struck with a copper nickel clad composition, with a weight of 11.34 grams, diameter of 1.205 inches, and maximum mintage of 750,000.
Each of the coins would be issued in uncirculated and proof qualities, with only one facility of the United States Mint used to strike any particular quality of the coins. The coins may be issued only during the one year period beginning on January 1, 2016.
Designs are required to 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.
The Pro Football Hall of Fame Commemorative Coin Act follows the introduction of bills in the House and Senate seeking to authorize production of commemorative coins for the National Baseball Hall of Fame for 2015.