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Robert Pearlman
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posted 08-04-2007 03:45 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Robert Pearlman   Click Here to Email Robert Pearlman     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
collectSPACE (August 4, 2007): House approves NASA anniversary coins
The House of Representatives voted this week to authorize the U.S. Mint to strike coins in 2008 honoring the 50th anniversary of NASA. Introduced by Texas Representatives Sheila Jackson Lee and John Culberson, the bill marks the fourth time in just as many years that the legislation has been raised in the Congress and the second time it has been passed by the House.

This latest version of the bill (H.R. 2750) repeats many of the provisions made by earlier efforts, but omits a detail that would have distinguished the coins from any of those minted in the history of the United States.

Robert Pearlman
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Last year's attempt (HR 2750) by the House of Representatives to authorize the U.S. Mint to create coins honoring NASA's 50th anniversary finally reached the Senate (S 2159) in October 2007 and was passed with amendments just last month on June 19.

Given the long delay between versions, the Senate bill extended the time by which the Mint could take orders (through 2008) and produce the coins (through 2009). To bring both versions into agreement, the act was reintroduced into the House on July 10 and was passed by voice vote on July 15 (HR 6455).

According to a spokesman for Rep. Sheila Jackson-Lee, a co-sponsor of the House bill, it may not be necessary for the act to now return to the Senate, thus clearing the way for the NASA 50th Anniversary Commemorative Coin Act to be signed into law three years after it was passed by the House for the first time.

Numismatic News reported that when released, a complete set of coins could cost as much as $1,600 to $1,900, though the Mint says it's premature to price.

Robert Pearlman
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posted 01-23-2009 06:20 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Robert Pearlman   Click Here to Email Robert Pearlman     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Even though NASA's 50th anniversary has come and gone in 2008, the "NASA 50th Anniversary Commemorative Coin Act" continues forward.

Having passed separately in the House of Representatives and the Senate in 2008 but never exiting the 110th Congress for the President's signature, the bill (HR 255) was reintroduced by Rep. Sheila Jackson-Lee (D-TX) on January 7, 2009, when it was referred to the House Committee on Financial Services.

The text of the bill remains largely the same, with one significant edit: whereas the earlier language called for the Mint to strike and issue the ten coins (one gold and nine silver) in 2008, the revised act postpones production for three years. If the bill becomes law, the U.S. Mint will offer the commemorative coins in 2011 and each NASA 50th Anniversary coin will be inscribed with that date.

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