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Pilgrim coins sought for 2020

‘The Landing of the Pilgrims’ by Henry A. Bacon, 1877.

The 400th anniversary of the Pilgrims landing at Plymouth Rock would be honored by a proposed 2020 commemorative coin program.

Legislation was introduced Dec. 4 in both the U.S. House of Representatives and the Senate calling for up to 100,000 gold $5 coins, 500,000 silver dollars and 750,000 half dollars.

While the design is to be left up to the Treasury Secretary, if the bill passes, he is instructed to consult 11 Massachusets entities ranging from Native American tribes to museums and societies.

Surcharges would apply, $35 on gold, $10 on silver and $5 on clad, to raise money for a list of recipients nearly as long.

A 30 percent share would go to Plymouth 400, Inc., and another 30 percent to the General Society of Mayflower Descendants. A 20 percent share would go to the Mashpee Wampanoag Tribe. The other 20 percent is divided among four other recipients.

 

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