Companion Senate and House bills were reintroduced last week to seek gold, silver and clad coins to honor the men and women of the U.S. Coast Guard.
The Coast Guard (www.uscg.mil) is one of five military branches in the United States. Founded on Aug. 4, 1790, it has an estimated 56,570 Active Duty, Reserve, and Civilian personnel who maintain navigation aids, provide security and respond to search and rescue cases that save thousands of lives each year.
Named the United States Coast Guard Commemorative Coin Act of 2017, the House (H.R.2317) and Senate (S.1021) bills call for 100,000 $5 coins; 500,000 silver dollars; and 750,000 clad half-dollars with designs that are emblematic of the traditions, history, and heritage of the United States Coast Guard. The United States Mint would produce them in collector qualities of proof and uncirculated and offer them for sale during calendar year 2020.
The U.S. Mint has never struck a coin for the U.S. Coast Guard but it has minted bicentennial bronze medals for the military branch. It will also issue 2018 World War I Coast Guard Silver Medals to augment silver dollars commemorating the centennial of America’s involvement in the war.