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Legislation for U.S. Army Commemorative Coins

A newly introduced Senate bill would create commemorative coins to celebrate the establishment of United States Army, its heritage and role and to honor the men and women who serve and have served.

The bill was first introduced on January 30, 2008, by Senator Daniel K. Inouye [D-HI] and cosponsored by Senator James M. Inhofe [R-OK].

As is typical for commemorative coin legislation, few details of the coin design are provided outside required inscriptions and general guidelines. Should the bill become law without changes, the coins would be minted and sold by the United States Mint in 2011.

The legislation is S. 2579 and titled, United States Army Commemorative Coin Act of 2008. It would create three commemorative coins:

$5 gold coin with a limited mintage of 100,000
$1 silver dollar with limit of 500,000
50c clad limited to 750,000
Each coin would have specific surcharges that would be reserved for the Army Historical Foundation to help fund the National Museum of the United States Army at Fort Belvoir, Virginia.

After the bill was introduced, cosponsor Senator Inhofe commented:

“I am honored to join Senator Inouye as a co-sponsor of the United States Army Commemorative Coin Act of 2008. As co-chair of the Senate Army Caucus and a former soldier, I am proud to pay tribute to the United States Army, which has dutifully served our nation for over 230 years.

The Army is the only service branch that currently does not have a comprehensive museum honoring its members and veterans. The Commemorative Coin Act will help raise the revenue needed to build a museum dedicated to the men and women who have for so long protected the sovereignty and freedom of our country. The museum will serve to commemorate the enormous sacrifice of our soldiers, and will be a symbol of the Army’s dedication to the fight for freedom."

The legislation is currently referred to the Committee on Banking, Housing, and Urban Affairs.

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