Nominees Pasts Not Full of Coins
By David L. Ganz
Republican and Democratic nominees sprint toward
Election Day on Nov. 4, both will be scrutinized
nationally by a cadre of reporters. Numismatic
hobbyists will be looking at them, too.
Here's the skinny on each of them from a purely
Sen. Barack Obama, D-Ill., the Democratic
nominee, has been a member of the U.S. Senate
for four years and is serving a six-year term.
This covers the 109th and 110th Congress;
earlier, he was a state senator in Illinois,
where numismatic issues were even more minor
than in Congress.
Sen. John McCain, R-Ariz., the Republican
nominee, has a longer record of service, dating
to two terms in the House of Representatives in
the 98th and 99th Congress (1983-1986) and 22
years in the Senate, 1987 to date, in the 100th
and succeeding Congresses.
During the period that they both served, neither
was a primary sponsor of any numismatic bill
that succeeded in becoming public law. Each was
cosponsor of several pieces of legislation that
were signed into law that had numismatic
overtones, implications or at least general
In the 110th Congress that began in January
2007, McCain sponsored 38 bills or amendments,
none of which became law, and none of which
relate to numismatics, the Mint, gold, silver,
platinum, any of the base metals, medals, or
other similar numismatic terms.
Obama's record in the 110th Congress is 129
bills or amendments as sponsor. He did propose
S.CON.RES.44, a concurrent resolution expressing
the sense of Congress that a commemorative
postage stamp should be issued honoring civil
rights pioneer Rosa Louise McCauley Parks
introduced Sept. 12, 2007, and currently with 22
cosponsors. Also there is S.1713: A bill to
provide for the issuance of a commemorative
postage stamp in honor of Rosa Parks.