New legislation has been introduced into the House of Representatives for a new silver dollar commemorative coin honoring the 100th anniversary of the Lincoln Memorial in Washington, D.C. The bill, H.R.6681, was introduced to the House on February 9, 2022 by Representative Raja Krishnamoorthi (D-IL) and currently has only been introduced. No further actions or co-sponsors have been indicated on the bill. You can follow the details on this bill on the Congress official website.
In part, the bill reads as follows:
The Congress finds the following:
(1) The year 2022 marks the 100th anniversary of the Lincoln Memorial on the National Mall, dedicated on May 30, 1922.
(2) The iconic Lincoln Memorial is a U.S. national memorial built in the style of a neoclassical temple in honor of the 16th President of the United States. Designed by Henry Bacon and sited on the western end of the National Mall across from the Washington Monument, the memorial contains a grand seated sculpture of Abraham Lincoln and includes inscriptions of passages from the Gettysburg Address and Lincoln’s second inaugural address.
(3) The most visited monument on the National Mall, the Lincoln Memorial provides visitors with a grand view of the Mall and meaningful and inspiring way to experience President Lincoln and his legacy. It has been the site of many important historical events, including Martin Luther King Jr.’s “I Have a Dream” speech, delivered on August 28, 1963, during the March on Washington for Jobs and Freedom.
(4) Congress has invested significant funding to repair and restore the Lincoln Memorial over the years. The purpose of this Act is to build a long-term maintenance fund for future repairs and maintenance to augment the National Park Service budget and further protect and build upon Congress’s initial investment in the memorial.
(5) Since 2007, the Trust for the National Mall has been the leading nonprofit nonpartisan philanthropic partner of the National Mall and Memorial Parks division of the National Park Service dedicated to bringing private and public resources and public awareness to support the preservation, restoration, and enrichment of the National Mall. The Trust will provide management of the maintenance fund in collaboration with the National Park Service.
(6) The Trust for the National Mall wants to honor the contributions of Abraham Lincoln to our great Nation. The Trust will promote and encourage support for this commemorative coin as a way to increase public awareness and appreciation for Lincoln’s legacy and to inspire Americans to share in this important effort to preserve the memorial for generations to come.H.R.6681
As for the coin itself, the H.R.6681 calls for no more than 500,000 coins with a face value of $1 and be made of 90% silver. It also calls for the coin to be produced in 2023. There is to be a $10 surcharge for the coin with those funds going to the Trust of the National Mall.