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Mother's Day Commemorative Proposed
By David L. Ganz

A commemorative silver dollar memorializing Mother's Day has been proposed again by Sen. Jay Rockefeller, D-WVA.

The measure passed the House in another Congress, but the 111th Congress starts from scratch considering it.

West Virginia has a long history associated with this particular day. When it came time for the state coinage design for the West Virginia coin, the concept made it into the finals before being trumped by scenery.

In 2007, a Mother's Day Centennial Commemorative Coin Act was introduced to require the Secretary of the Treasury to mint coins in commemoration of the centennial of the establishment of Mother's Day. It drew 97 co-sponsors even though the proposal called for not more than 400,000 $1 coins. It passed the House but died in the Senate for lack of interest.

The modern Mother's Day holiday was created and trademarked by Anna Jarvis to honor mothers. In 1912, West Virginia's Jarvis trademarked the phrases "second Sunday in May" and "Mother's Day" and created the Mother's Day International Association. She ironically died unmarried and childless.

Proceeds from the surcharge on the coin, if approved, would be divided between the Susan G. Komen for the Cure and the National Osteoporosis Foundation.


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