A series of gold coins would be minted to celebrate the 100th anniversary of the National Park Service (NPS), under new legislation. Rep. Erik Paulsen (R-MN) introduced the National Park Service 100th Anniversary Commemorative Coin Act (H.R. 627), which would authorize a five dollar gold coin, a silver dollar and a clad half dollar.
Paulsen picked up eight cosponsors and the bill was referred to the House Committee on Financial Services.
Proceeds would go to the National Park Foundation, which, of course, endorsed the legislation.
Read Paulsen's statement on the bill at http://www.paulsen.house.gov/press-releases/paulsen-introduces-legislation-to-celebrate-100th-anniversary-of-national-park-service/.
Paulsen says the bill would not cost the government anything.
In his statement, Paulsen explains “even during tough economic times, it’s important to find new, cost-effective ways to preserve these treasures for future generations to learn from and enjoy.”
NPS celebrates its centennial in 2016. It now operates 295 units in 49 states and all territories with more than 84 million acres.