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Fight for Circulation of Peratrovich Coin Continues

In January 2019, the Fairbanks Coin Club contacted the members of the Alaska State Legislature promoting the release of the Elizbeth Peratrovich dollar coin to circulation in Alaska. In the spring, local 4H leaders traveled to Juneau with a group as part of the 4H Youth in Government program.

They lobbied all 60 legislators for a resolution calling for the release of the Peratrovich dollar to circulation in Alaska. They also met with Paulette Mareno, Grand President of the Alaska Native Sisterhood, who has been involved with the mint since the beginning of the planning for the Peratrovich dollar, according to the Fairbanks Coin Club.

The results of the lobbying is HJR9, calling for the release of 5 million of the coins into circulation in Alaska. This was passed by the State House with one dissenting vote. Text of the resolution can be seen here and Testimony in the State House can be seen here.

On Jan. 22, 2020, on the second day of the 2020 session, the Senate passed HJR9 unanimously with most State Senators asking to be shown as co-sponsors. All that remains is for it to be transmitted to the Governor, and then to officials in Washington.