An appeal has gone out to American Numismatic Association members, calling for support of a bill that would commission a coin commemorating the 100th anniversary of the Old Mint’s survival of the 1906 San Francisco earthquake and fire.
With 290 supporters, the bill passed the House of Representatives Nov. 10, leaving the “San Francisco Old Mint Commemorative Coin Act” (H.R. 1953) in the hands of the Senate.
The Senate version of the bill (S.1881) was introduced on Oct. 18. The support of 67 senators is needed to bring the bill to a vote in the Senate.
Passage of S. 1881 would provide for the minting of a commemorative coin, with proceeds from it going to support the American Money & Gold Rush Museum, to be located in the Old Mint building in San Francisco in conjunction with the San Francisco Historical Society Museum.
To accomplish this goal, the ANA is asking members to contact their senators and ask them to support S. 1881.
The bill would authorize the minting and issuing of 100,000 $5 gold coins and 500,000 $1 silver coins emblematic of the San Francisco Old Mint Building and its importance to California and the West, as well as the economy of the United States.
Visit www.money.org to obtain more information about the museum effort, including form letters, links and helpful tools that can assist you in contacting your senator.