Medal of Honor
Commemorative Coin Act Passes Senate
Legislation seeking to recognize and celebrate
the establishment of the Medal of Honor was
approved in the U.S Senate Thursday by Unanimous
Consent. The bill, H.R. 1209, passed in the U.S.
House of Representatives back on May 14, 2009.
Following a procedural clearance step, the Medal
of Honor Commemorative Coin Act of 2009 will
make its way to President Obama who is expected
to sign it into law. That will authorize the
United States Mint to strike up to 500,000 $1
silver coins and 100,000 $5 gold coins in proof
and uncirculated conditions in 2011.
H.R. 1209, which was introduced by Rep.
Christopher Carney, calls for gold and silver
coin designs to be "emblematic of the
traditions, legacy, and heritage of the Medal of
Honor, and the distinguished service of its
recipients in the Nation’s history."
The coins will include motifs that represent the
3 Medal of Honor designs (Army, Navy, and Air
Force) and specifically honor the Medal of Honor
recipients of both today and yesterday.
The Medal of Honor was authorized by Congress in
1861 and is America’s highest award for valor in
action against an enemy force that can be
bestowed upon an individual serving in the Armed
Services of the United States. Fewer than 3,500
Medals of Honor have been awarded to members of
the United States Armed Forces.
Included in the legislation is language
mandating a surcharge of $35 per $5 gold coin,
and $10 per silver dollar to be paid "to the
Congressional Medal of Honor Foundation to help
finance the educational, scholarship and
outreach programs of the Foundation."
The coin bill is the second to pass in the
Senate this week, as it follows Tuesday’s
passage of Girl Scouts coin legislation which
will introduce 350,000 silver coins in 2013.