Text: H.R.2366 — 113th Congress (2013-2014)All Information (Except Text)
Public Law No: 113-212 (12/16/2014)
[113th Congress Public Law 212]
[From the U.S. Government Publishing Office]
WORLD WAR I AMERICAN VETERANS CENTENNIAL COMMEMORATIVE COIN ACT
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Public Law 113-212
To require the Secretary of the Treasury to mint coins in commemoration
of the centennial of World War I. <<NOTE: Dec. 16, 2014 - [H.R.
Be it enacted by the Senate and House of Representatives of the
United States of America in Congress assembled, <<NOTE: World War I
American Veterans Centennial Commemorative Coin Act. 31 USC 5112
SECTION 1. SHORT TITLE.
This Act may be cited as the ``World War I American Veterans
Centennial Commemorative Coin Act''.
SEC. 2. FINDINGS; PURPOSE.
(a) Findings.--The Congress finds the following:
(1) The year 2018 is the 100th anniversary of the signing of
the armistice with Germany ending World War I battlefield
(2) On the 6th of April 1917, the United States of America
entered World War I by declaring war against Germany.
(3) Two million American soldiers served overseas during
World War I.
(4) More than four million men and women from the United
States served in uniform during World War I.
(5) The events of 1914 through 1918 shaped the world and the
lives of millions of people for decades.
(6) Over 9 million soldiers worldwide lost their lives
between 1914 and 1918.
(7) The centennial of America's involvement in World War I
offers an opportunity for people in the United States to
commemorate the commitment of their predecessors.
(8) Frank Buckles, the last American veteran from World War
I died on February 27, 2011.
(9) He was our last direct American link to the ``war to end
(10) While other great conflicts, including the Civil War,
World War II, the Korean War, and the Vietnam War, have all been
memorialized on United States commemorative coins, there
currently exists no coin to honor the brave veterans of World
(11) The 112th Congress established the World War I
Centennial Commission to plan, develop, and execute programs,
projects, and activities to commemorate the centennial of World
(b) Purpose.--The purpose of this Act is to--
(1) commemorate the centennial of America's involvement in
World War I; and
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(2) honor the over 4 million men and women from the United
States who served during World War I.
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 the centennial of America's
involvement in World War I, each of which shall--
(1) weigh 26.73 grams;
(2) have a diameter of 1.500 inches (38.1 millimeters); and
(3) contain 90 percent silver and 10 percent copper.
(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) In general.--The design of the coins minted under this
Act shall be emblematic of the centennial of America's
involvement in World War I.
(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 ``2018''; 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
be selected by the Secretary based on the winning design from a juried,
compensated design competition described under subsection (c).
(c) Design Competition.--The Secretary shall hold a competition and
provide compensation for its winner to design the obverse and reverse of
the coins minted under this Act. The competition shall be held in the
(1) The competition shall be judged by an expert jury
chaired by the Secretary and consisting of 3 members from the
Citizens Coinage Advisory Committee who shall be elected by such
Committee and 3 members from the Commission of Fine Arts who
shall be elected by such Commission.
(2) The Secretary shall determine compensation for the
winning design, which shall be not less than $5,000.
(3) The Secretary may not accept a design for the
competition unless a plaster model accompanies the design.
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.--Only one facility of the United States Mint may
be used to strike any particular quality of the coins minted under this
(c) Period for Issuance.--The Secretary may issue coins under this
Act only during the calendar year beginning on January 1, 2018.
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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
(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 by the Secretary to the United
States Foundation for the Commemoration of the World Wars, to assist the
World War I Centennial Commission in commemorating the centenary of
World War I.
(c) Audits.--The Comptroller General of the United States shall have
the right to examine such books, records, documents, and other data of
the United States Foundation for the Commemoration of the World Wars 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. The Secretary may issue guidance to carry out this
SEC. 8. FINANCIAL ASSURANCES.
The Secretary shall take such actions as may be necessary to ensure
(1) minting and issuing coins under this Act will not result
in any net cost to the United States Government; and
(2) no funds, including applicable surcharges, shall be
disbursed to any recipient designated in section 7 until the
total cost of designing and issuing all of the coins authorized
by this Act (including labor, materials, dies, use of machinery,
overhead expenses, marketing, and shipping) is recovered by
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the United States Treasury, consistent with sections 5112(m) and
5134(f) of title 31, United States Code.
Approved December 16, 2014.
LEGISLATIVE HISTORY--H.R. 2366:
CONGRESSIONAL RECORD, Vol. 160 (2014):
Dec. 2, considered and passed House.
Dec. 4, considered and passed Senate.