Mother's Day Commemorative Proposed
By David L. Ganz
commemorative silver dollar memorializing
Mother's Day has been proposed again by Sen. Jay
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
Proceeds from the surcharge on the coin, if
approved, would be divided between the Susan G.
Komen for the Cure and the National Osteoporosis
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