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Sept. 11 silver dollar proposed

Congress will consider a new commemorative silver dollar remembering the 10th anniversary of the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attack on New York’s World Trade Center, the Pentagon and a field in Pennsylvania.

Sponsored by Rep. Jerald Nadler, D-N.Y., and 49 members of Congress who include most of the New York congressional delegation, the legislation breaks the mold from more traditional non-circulating, legal tender coins in terms of mintage and mintmarks.

Under current guidelines, no more than 300,000 silver dollars from a single mint (Struck as proofs and in uncirculated condition) are generally struck. The National Sept. 11 Memorial coin would allow up to 2 million silver dollars produced from the West Point Mint and its counterpart at Philadelphia.

They could be struck in either uncirculated or as proofs, thus allowing a combination of four coins. All coins would have a $10 surcharge that would be applied to the national museum under construction in New York. Under terms of the legislation, the silver dollars would bear the inscription, “Always Remember,” in addition to the usual ones required by law.

Nadler introduced his legislation Sept. 10, 2009.

The legislation is before the House Financial Services Committee.

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