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H.R. 1923 – Dramatic Circulation Coin Redesign Legislation

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A new and dramatic update to legislation introduced last year could have profound impact on circulating coinage in the United States start in 2022. H.R. 1923 was introduced last year titled Women’s History and Nineteenth Amendment Centennial Quarter Dollar Coin Program Act but last Tuesday became known as the Circulating Collectible Coin Redesign Act of 2020. Along with the new title, it introduces a sweeping number of changes to nearly all U.S. coinage starting in 2022.

The entire text of H.R. 1923 can be found here and on September 22, 2020 the bill passed the House of Representatives. It is now gone to the Senate who have read the measure twice and have since referred it to the Committee on Banking, Housing, and Urban Affairs. Here are the highlights of the bill:

H.R. 1923 was originally introduced on March 27 2019 by Representative Barbara Lee (D-CA) and was focused on the centennial of the 19th Amendment which gave women the right to vote in the United States. That legislative effort moved to a secondary bill which eventually was signed into law (Public Law 116–71) in November 2019 which is what authorized the Women’s Suffrage commemorative coins that were issued this year by the United States Mint.

The measure passed the House with no objections which is a critical first step for this legislation – a step it could not complete last year. Now it is up to the Senate to bring it forward and vote on it. It unclear on when that will happen or even if it will happen.

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