Text: S.239 — 116th Congress (2019-2020)All Information (Except Text)
Public Law No: 116-65 (10/09/2019)
[116th Congress Public Law 65]
[From the U.S. Government Publishing Office]
CHRISTA MCAULIFFE COMMEMORATIVE COIN ACT OF 2019
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Public Law 116-65
To require the Secretary of the Treasury to mint coins in recognition of
Christa McAuliffe. <<NOTE: Oct. 9, 2019 - [S. 239}>>
Be it enacted by the Senate and House of Representatives of the
United States of America in Congress assembled, <<NOTE: Christa
McAuliffe Commemorative Coin Act of 2019. 31 USC 5112 note.>>
SECTION 1. SHORT TITLE.
This Act may be cited as the ``Christa McAuliffe Commemorative Coin
Act of 2019''.
SEC. 2. FINDINGS.
Congress finds the following:
(1) Christa McAuliffe was a social studies teacher at
Concord High School in Concord, New Hampshire.
(2) In 1985, Christa McAuliffe was selected to be the first
participant in the Teacher in Space program of the National
Aeronautics and Space Administration.
(3) On January 28, 1986, Christa McAuliffe and 6 other
astronauts were tragically killed during the Space Shuttle
(4) In 1989, For Inspiration and Recognition of Science and
Technology (in this Act referred to as ``FIRST'') was founded to
inspire young people's interest and participation in science and
(5) The mission of FIRST ``is to inspire young people to be
science and technology leaders, by engaging them in exciting
mentor-based programs that build science, engineering, and
technology skills, that inspire innovation, and that foster
well-rounded life capabilities including self-confidence,
communication, and leadership''.
(6) 2019 marks the 30th anniversary of the founding of
(7) Each year, more than 1,000,000 children from the United
States and more than 86 countries participate in a FIRST
(8) Studies have shown that alumni of FIRST programs are
more likely to become scientists and engineers and to volunteer
in their communities.
(9) FIRST is dedicated to carrying on the mission of Christa
McAuliffe of inspiring students and creating a new generation of
dreamers and innovators.
(10) 2016 marked the 30th anniversary of the Space Shuttle
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SEC. 3. COIN SPECIFICATIONS.
(a) Denominations.--In commemoration of Christa McAuliffe, the
Secretary of the Treasury (hereafter referred to in this Act as the
``Secretary'') shall mint and issue not more than 350,000 $1 coins, each
of which shall--
(1) weigh 26.73 grams;
(2) have a diameter of 1.500 inches; and
(3) contain at least 90 percent silver.
(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 bear--
(A) an image of and the name of Christa McAuliffe on
the obverse side; and
(B) a design on the reverse side that depicts the
legacy of Christa McAuliffe as a teacher.
(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 ``2021''; 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) <<NOTE: Consultation.>> selected by the Secretary,
after consultation with the family of Christa McAuliffe, FIRST,
and the Commission of Fine Arts; and
(2) <<NOTE: Review.>> reviewed by the Citizens Coinage
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 1 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 period beginning on January 1, 2021, and ending on
December 31, 2021.
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 under section 7(a) with respect
to the coins; and
(3) the cost of designing and issuing the coins, including--
(D) use of machinery;
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(E) overhead expenses;
(F) marketing; and
(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 the
(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, and section 8(2), all surcharges received by the Secretary
from the sale of coins issued under this Act shall be promptly paid by
the Secretary to the FIRST robotics program for the purpose of engaging
and inspiring young people, through mentor-based programs, to become
leaders in the fields of science, technology, engineering, and
(c) Audits.--The FIRST robotics program shall be subject to the
audit requirements of section 5134(f)(2) of title 31, United States
Code, with respect to the amounts received under subsection (b).
SEC. 8. FINANCIAL ASSURANCES.
The Secretary shall take such actions as may be necessary to ensure
(1) minting and issuing coins under this Act result in no
net cost to the Federal Government; and
(2) no funds, including applicable surcharges, are disbursed
to any recipient designated in section 7(b) 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 the
United States Treasury, consistent with sections 5112(m) and
5134(f) of title 31, United States Code.
Approved October 9, 2019.
LEGISLATIVE HISTORY--S. 239:
CONGRESSIONAL RECORD, Vol. 165 (2019):
July 9, considered and passed Senate.
Sept. 19, considered and passed House.