Medal of Honor Commemorative Coins Proposed

H.R. 1209: Medal of Honor Commemorative Coin Act of 2009

Summary: Proposal for commemorative coins issued in recognition and celebration of the Medal of Honor. The program would include $5 gold coins and $1 silver coins.

Sponsor: Rep. Christopher Carney

Date Introduced: February 26, 2009

Current Status: Passed by the House and Senate, awaiting President’s signature

Medal of Honor CommemorativeThe bill seeks to authorize commemorative coins in recognition and celebration of the Medal of Honor. This is America’s highest award for valor in action aginst an enemy force. Fewer than 3,500 Medals of Honor have been award to members of the United States Armed Forces.

The proposed commemorative coins include $5 gold coins in a quantity of up to 100,000 and $1 silver coins in a quantity of up to 500,000. All coins would be considered legal tender and numismatic items.

There are some specific design requirements for the coins. In general the coins must be emblematic of the traditions, legacy, and heritage of the Medal of Honor and the distinguished service of its recipients. The coins must contain motifs which represent the three Medal of Honor designs for the Army, Navy, and Air Force. Required inscriptions include the value of the coin, the year 2011, and the words “Liberty”, “In God We Trust”, “United States of America”, and “E Pluribus Unum”.

The coins would be issued for a one year period beginning January 1, 2011. Surcharges would be distributed to the Congressional Medal of Honor Foundation to help finance educational, scholarship, and outreach programs.

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