H.R.2404 – Cesar Chavez Commemorative Coins Legislation

H.R.2404 has been introduced into the House of Representatives as one of the lates coin legislation bills currently in Congress. The bill calls for the create of commemorative coins to honor Cesar Chavez. Cesar Chavez was an American labor leader and civil rights activist. Along with Dolores Huerta, he co-founded the National Farm Workers Association (NFWA), which later merged with the Agricultural Workers Organizing Committee (AWOC) to become the United Farm Workers (UFW) labor union. He lived from March 31, 1927 to April 23, 1993.

The bill was introduced by Representative Paul Gosar (R-AZ) on April 8, 2021 and has been referred to the House Committee on Financial Services, a common first move for any new commemorative coin legislation introduced in the House of Representatives. At the time of this article, the Government Publishing Office (GPO) has not listed the text of the bill nor has the official title of the bill been announced, just the working title of To require the Secretary of the Treasury to mint coins in commemoration of Cesar Chavez’s work for the betterment of legal workers, and for other purposes.

While the actual text is not available, certain assumptions can be made about its contents given most commemorative legislation calls for the same types of coins to be produced. That is, the minting of 50,000 $5 gold coins, 400,000 $1 silver coins, and 750,000 Half Dollar clad commemorative coins to be produced to honor of Cesar Chavez. As to where the surcharge would go for these coins, once can assume it would go to the UFW or another association related to him. Equally, it is not known the desired production year of the coins. Given that 2023 would mark the 30th anniversary of his passing, it is likely that will be the desired year for release.

To get updates on the bill directly from the United States government, you can follow this link. USCoinNews will continue to publish updates to the bill as they become available here on the site.

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