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house Bill H.R. 893

Minting a Centennial Commemorative Coin for Boys Town

Argument in favor

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

Marvin's Opinion
Why not? I think that's a nice thing to do.
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James's Opinion
The amazing work that Boys Town is doing and has done deserves recognition. They have quietly saved thousands of children from disastrous consequences of dysfunctional lifestyles and broken families. These kids go one to be fruitful citizens and not prison inmates or lifelong drug and alcohol abusers.
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55McCoy's Opinion
Congresses job is to serve Americans. Bills like these don't take much discussion and do helpful things. Congress has its process. Let it work.
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Argument opposed

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

BTSundra's Opinion
This shouldn't be anywhere near top of the list at the moment.
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Heather's Opinion
This is not a bill for Congress. It's just another way to waste taxpayer time and money instead of offering real solutions for our country's needs and problems.
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Jeff's Opinion
Congress has more important issues to focus on.
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What is House Bill H.R. 893?

This bill 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 was created in 1917 by 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 [offering] help at home where they can remain together as families."

The bill 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 passed, this bill would mandate that coins 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. 893

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.


(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

  • EnactedJuly 6th, 2015
    The President signed this bill into law
  • The senate Passed June 25th, 2015
    Passed by Voice Vote
  • The house Passed June 23rd, 2015
    Passed by Voice Vote
      house Committees
      Committee on Financial Services
    IntroducedFebruary 11th, 2015

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