Today, the White House announced that President Bush signed H.R. 5714, the “United States Army Commemorative Coin Act of 2008,” now Public Law Number 110-450 [text or PDF]. The bill calls for 100,000 $5 gold coins, 500,000 $1 silver coins, and 750,000 clad half-dollars commemoratives in 2011 to recognize the founding of the United States Army in 1775. “The design of the coins minted under this Act shall be emblematic of the traditions, history, and heritage of the United States Army, and its role in American society from the Colonial period to today.”

Proceeds from the surcharges will go to the financing of the National Museum of the United States Army.

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