H.R. 1842 – Harriett Tubman Commemorative Coin Act has now passed both the House of Representatives and the United States Senate. It is now eligible for signature by President Biden and could become law as soon as this week. The bill, which the House passed by unanimous voice vote, mirrors the Senate’s version of the bill, S.697. That bill passed the United States Senate back in February.
H.R. 1842 calls for 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 the bicentennial of Tubman. The bill also calls for the design of the coin to, “be emblematic of the legacy of Harriet Tubman as an abolitionist. At least one obverse design shall bear the image of Harriet Tubman”. The bill calls for the commemorative coins to be produced in 2024.
You can read the details of the bill here.
Harriet Tubman was an American abolitionist and political activist. Born into slavery, Tubman escaped and subsequently made some 13 missions to rescue approximately 70 enslaved people, including family and friends, using the network of antislavery activists and safe houses known as the Underground Railroad.
This is the second piece of coin related legislation that passed last week. H.R. 1057, the Greatest Generation Commemorative Coin Act, also passed the House & Senate last week. It, along with the Harriett Tubman bill, will now go to President Biden for signature. Assuming the President does sign them, two great commemorative coin series’ will be coming to collectors.