Marine Museum set to benefit from sale of commemorative coins

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Marines, past and present, gathered for the dedication ceremony of the National Museum of the Marine Corps Nov. 10, 2006 in Quantico, Virginia. Legislation recently introduced in Congress would authorize the minting of a coin that would provide support for the museum the Marine Corps Heritage Center. Photo credit Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images

Bipartisan, bicameral legislation authorizing the U.S. Department of the Treasury to mint commemorative coins in celebration of the Marine Corps’ upcoming 250th anniversary in 2025 has been introduced in Congress.

Marine Corps veterans Sen. Richard Blumenthal (D-CT) and Dan Sullivan (R-AK) and Reps. Seth Moulton (D-MA) and Jack Bergman (R-MI) have introduced the 250th Anniversary of the United States Marine Corps Commemorative Coin Act.

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If signed into law, the legislation would instruct the U.S. Mint to issue 50,000 limited edition $5 coins, 400,000 $1 coins, and 750,000 half-dollar coins. Proceeds from the sale of the coins will support the National Museum of the Marine Corps and the Marine Corps Heritage Center.
 
“For nearly 250 years, countless men and women have proudly donned the eagle, globe, and anchor while defending freedom around the world,” said Blumenthal. “Issuing this commemorative coin will properly recognize the branch’s landmark anniversary and fund efforts to highlight the Corps’ history and sacrifices. I’m proud to join my fellow Marines in introducing this historic measure.”

Sullivan said the act pays tribute to the generations of Marines who have served and sacrificed, upholding the Corps’ motto, Semper Fidelis, ‘Always Faithful.’       
  
“By supporting educational programs at the Marine Corps Heritage Center, this act will also help educate future generations on the Marine Corps' rich history and core values of honor, courage, and commitment,” he said.

Moulton called his decision to join the Marine Corps one of the proudest of his life 

“To this day, I am honored to be amongst the few and the proud,” he said. “The 250th Anniversary of the United States Marine Corps Commemorative Coin Act would honor two and a half centuries of Marine Corps bravery, strength, and sacrifice for our nation.”

Revenue from the sale of the coins would reimburse the U.S. Mint for designing and issuing expenses, with the remaining proceeds going to support the Marine Corps Heritage Foundation, a charitable organization that funds the National Museum of the Marine Corps and hosts educational, historical, and cultural programs.

“This is our first step in celebrating and honoring the Marine Corps' 250th Birthday in 2025" said retired Maj. Gen. James W. Lukeman, President and CEO of the Marine Corps Heritage Foundation.

The legislation is cosponsored by Sens. Roger Wicker (R-MS), Mike Rounds (R-SD), and Todd Young (R-IN) and supported by the United States Marine Corps and the Marine Corps Heritage Foundation. The text of the Senate legislation can be found here. Companion legislation has been introduced in the House of Representatives.

Reach Julia LeDoux at Julia@connectingvets.com.

Featured Image Photo Credit: Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images