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house Bill H.R. 2866

Minting a Centennial Commemorative Coin for Boys Town

Argument in favor

Boys Town deserves a commemorative coin in celebration of it's 100th birthday.

Argument opposed

Why is Congress wasting voting time on whether or not to mint these commemorative coins?

What is House Bill H.R. 2866?

H.R. 2866 would direct the Secretary of the U.S. Treasury to mint coins in commemoration of the 100 year anniversary of Boys Town — one of the largest and oldest non-profit child care agencies in the U.S. 

Boys Town started in 1917 Father Edward Joseph Flanagan, with a mission of "reuniting kids with their families, finding foster homes for others, providing a Boys Town family for those with nowhere else to turn, and still others are receiving help at home where they can remain together as families."

S. 1011 would authorize the minting and issuing of up to:
  • 50,000 $5 gold coins — struck in 90% gold and 10% alloy
  • 350,000 silver dollars — struck in 90% silver and 10% copper
  • 300,000 clad composition half dollars — struck in copper-nickel clad

If H.R. 2866 passes, coins would be issued between January 1, 2017 and December 31, 2018.


People with personal stakes in Father Flanagan’s Boys Town, coin collectors, the Secretary of the Treasury, and the U.S. minting process.

Cost of House Bill H.R. 2866

A CBO cost estimate is unavailable.

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In Depth:

Boys Town is headquartered in Nebraska. According to the bill, Boys Town programs impact the lives of more than 2,000,000 children and families across America. They also boast a National Hotline that offers counseling to over 150,000 callers every year.


Coin Update

Sen. Mike Johann (R-NE) Press Release

(Photo Credit: Flickr user Boston Public Library)


Boys Town Centennial Commemorative Coin Act

Official Title

To require the Secretary of the Treasury to mint coins in commemoration of the centennial of Boys Town, and for other purposes.

bill Progress

  • Not enacted
    The President has not signed this bill
  • The senate Passed December 15th, 2014
    Passed by Voice Vote
      senate Committees
      Committee on Banking, Housing, and Urban Affairs
  • The house Passed September 16th, 2014
    Passed by Voice Vote
      house Committees
      Committee on Financial Services
    IntroducedJuly 30th, 2013

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