Week Ending April 25, 2013
H.R.1071 To specify the size of the precious-metal blanks that will be used in the production of the National Baseball Hall of Fame commemorative coins.
The size of precious metal blanks used to create a commemorative coin recognizing the National Baseball Hall of Fame is determined by the bill which amends the NBHF Commemorative Coin Act authorizing the Mint to strike and issue next year’s coins in the commemoration of the Hall of Fame’s 75th anniversary.
Such coins are stamped on metal blanks but this proposed coin will be doomed by stamping a blank on a blank to create the dome, but the process tended to curl the edges of the coin putting it out of specs and not in line with the law.
The bill removes the requirement of a finished size and allows the coin to be struck on standard blanks. Supporters hold the arrangement will be less a less expensive coin and less work for the Mint which would not have to buy custom blanks.
Sponsor: Rep Hanna, Richard L. [NY-22]
House: 4/24/2013 On motion to suspend the rules and pass the bill Agreed to by voice vote
Motion to recommit. Laid on the table without objection
Text of the motion: No motion made
Senate: Received in the Senate
Cost to the taxpayers: No discernible cost
Pay-as-you-go requirements: Do not apply
Constitutional Authority: By Mr. HANNA:
Congress has the power to enact this legislation pursuant
to the following:
Article I, Section 8, Clause 5 states: “The Congress shall
have Power . . . To coin Money, regulate the Value thereof,
and of foreign Coin, and fix the Standard of Weights and
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