Text: H.R.634 — 110th Congress (2007-2008)All Information (Except Text)
Public Law No: 110-277 (07/17/2008)
[110th Congress Public Law 277]
[From the U.S. Government Printing Office]
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Public Law 110-277
To require the Secretary of the Treasury to mint coins in commemoration
of veterans who became disabled for life while serving in the Armed
Forces of the United States. <<NOTE: July 17, 2008 - [H.R. 634]>>
Be it enacted by the Senate and House of Representatives of the
United States of America in <<NOTE: American Veterans Disabled for Life
Commemorative Coin Act. 31 USC 5112 note.>> Congress assembled,
SECTION 1. SHORT TITLE.
This Act may be cited as the ``American Veterans Disabled for Life
Commemorative Coin Act''.
SEC. 2. FINDINGS.
The Congress finds as follows:
(1) The Armed Forces of the United States have answered the
call and served with distinction around the world--from hitting
the beaches in World War II in the Pacific and Europe, to the
cold and difficult terrain in Korea, the steamy jungles of
Vietnam, and the desert sands of the Middle East.
(2) All Americans should commemorate those who come home
having survived the ordeal of war, and solemnly honor those who
made the ultimate sacrifice in giving their lives for their
(3) All Americans should honor the millions of living
disabled veterans who carry the scars of war every day, and who
have made enormous personal sacrifices defending the principles
of our democracy.
(4) In 2000, Congress authorized the construction of the
American Veterans Disabled for Life Memorial.
(5) The United States should pay tribute to the Nation's
living disabled veterans by minting and issuing a commemorative
silver dollar coin.
(6) The surcharge proceeds from the sale of a commemorative
coin would raise valuable funding for the construction of the
American Veterans Disabled for Life Memorial.
SEC. 3. COIN SPECIFICATIONS.
(a) $1 Silver Coins.--The Secretary of the Treasury (hereafter in
this Act referred to as the ``Secretary'') shall mint and issue not more
than 350,000 $1 coins in commemoration of disabled American veterans,
each of which shall--
(1) weigh 26.73 grams;
(2) have a diameter of 1.500 inches; and
(3) contain 90 percent silver and 10 percent copper.
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(b) Legal Tender.--The coins minted under this Act shall be legal
tender, as provided in section 5103 of title 31, United States Code.
(c) Numismatic Items.--For purposes of sections 5134 and 5136 of
title 31, United States Code, all coins minted under this Act shall be
considered to be numismatic items.
SEC. 4. DESIGN OF COINS.
(a) Design Requirements.--
(1) Design.--The design of the coins minted under this Act
shall be emblematic of the service of our disabled veterans who,
having survived the ordeal of war, made enormous personal
sacrifices defending the principles of our democracy.
(2) Designation and inscriptions.--On each coin minted under
this Act, there shall be--
(A) a designation of the value of the coin;
(B) an inscription of the year ``2010''; and
(C) inscriptions of the words ``Liberty'', ``In God
We Trust'', ``United States of America'', and ``E
(b) Selection.--The design for the coins minted under this Act shall
(1) selected by the Secretary, after consultation with the
Disabled Veterans' LIFE Memorial Foundation and the Commission
of Fine Arts; and
(2) reviewed by the Citizens Coinage Advisory Committee.
SEC. 5. ISSUANCE OF COINS.
(a) Quality of Coins.--Coins minted under this Act shall be issued
in uncirculated and proof qualities.
(b) Mint Facility.--
(1) In general.--Only 1 facility of the United States Mint
may be used to strike any particular quality of the coins minted
under this Act.
(2) Use of the united states mint at west point, new york.--
It is the sense of the Congress that the coins minted under this
Act should be struck at the United States Mint at West Point,
New York, to the greatest extent possible.
(c) Period for Issuance.--The Secretary may issue coins under this
Act only during the calendar year beginning on January 1, 2010.
SEC. 6. SALE OF COINS.
(a) Sale Price.--The coins issued under this Act shall be sold by
the Secretary at a price equal to the sum of--
(1) the face value of the coins;
(2) the surcharge provided in section 7 with respect to such
(3) the cost of designing and issuing the coins (including
labor, materials, dies, use of machinery, overhead expenses,
marketing, and shipping).
(b) Bulk Sales.--The Secretary shall make bulk sales of the coins
issued under this Act at a reasonable discount.
(c) Prepaid Orders.--
(1) In general.--The Secretary shall accept prepaid orders
for the coins minted under this Act before the issuance of such
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(2) Discount.--Sale prices with respect to prepaid orders
under paragraph (1) shall be at a reasonable discount.
SEC. 7. SURCHARGES.
(a) In General.--All sales of coins issued under this Act shall
include a surcharge of $10 per coin.
(b) Distribution.--Subject to section 5134(f) of title 31, United
States Code, all surcharges received by the Secretary from the sale of
coins issued under this Act shall be paid to the Disabled Veterans' LIFE
Memorial Foundation for the purpose of establishing an endowment to
support the construction of American Veterans' Disabled for Life
Memorial in Washington, D.C.
(c) Audits.--The Comptroller General of the United States shall have
the right to examine such books, records, documents, and other data of
the Disabled Veterans' LIFE Memorial Foundation as may be related to the
expenditures of amounts paid under subsection (b).
(d) Limitation.--Notwithstanding subsection (a), no surcharge may be
included with respect to the issuance under this Act of any coin during
a calendar year if, as of the time of such issuance, the issuance of
such coin would result in the number of commemorative coin programs
issued during such year to exceed the annual 2 commemorative coin
program issuance limitation under section 5112(m)(1) of title 31, United
States Code (as in effect on the date of the enactment of this Act). The
Secretary of the Treasury may issue guidance to carry out this
Approved July 17, 2008.
LEGISLATIVE HISTORY--H.R. 634:
Vol. 153 (2007):
May 15, considered and passed House.
Vol. 154 (2008):
June 10, considered and passed
June 18, House concurred in Senate