When I went to graduate school for a degree in public policy, I had no idea that the basic tenants of politics would change so drastically. Watching what congress is saying, what they are doing, and the response by the media and public has been something that historians will have a good time with in the future. Today, it is difficult to keep up with policy issues that are not discussed in sound bites or come with bumper sticker-sized slogans. Thankfully, there are Internet resources for those of us to keep track of our pet issues.

On the Coin Collectors Blog we watch coin-related legislation because the U.S. Mint cannot do anything without congressional approval. My favorite site for watching legislation is Govtrack.us. Although they use the same information as Congress.gov, I like the look and feel of Govtrack.us.

Clearing the smoke and other debris, I found two pieces of numismatic-related legislation that were introduced in May:

H.R. 5168 Christa McAuliffe Commemorative Coin Act of 2016
Sponsor: Rep. Fred Upton (R-MI)
• Introduced: May 6, 2016
• Referred to the House Financial Services Committee
• This bill is related to S. 2890


  • Design with image of Christa McAuliffe with reverse depicting her legacy as a teacher
  • Issued in the year 2018
  • Mintage Limit: 350,000 Silver dollars in uncirculated or proof
  • Surcharge of $10 per coin payable to the FIRST robotics program

This bill can be tracked at https://www.govtrack.us/congress/bills/114/hr5168.

S. 2957 Apollo 11 50th Anniversary Commemorative Coin Act
Sponsor: Sen. Bill Nelson (D-FL)
• Introduced: May 19, 2016
• Referred to the Senate Banking, Housing and Urban Affairs Committee
• This bill is related to H.R. 2726


This bill can be tracked at https://www.govtrack.us/congress/bills/114/s2957.

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