Coin Legislation

A Commemorative Coin to Restore the National World War II Memorial

The National World War II Memorial is now nearly 18 years old and starting to show some wear and tear and is in urgent need of repairs. The National Park Service – the caretakers of the Memorial – currently has an approximately $12 billion maintenance backlog of priority work nationwide with nearly $1 billion of this backlog for the National Mall alone.

In the spring of 2021, Congresswoman Marcy Kaptur (D-OH) and Congressman Adam Kinzinger (R-IL) introduced the Greatest Generation Commemorative Coin Act (H.R. 1057), that authorizes the U.S. Treasury to mint coins in commemoration of the National World War II Memorial in Washington, D.C. Proceeds from the sale of the commemorative coins will be used to repair and maintain the Memorial, as well as for commemorative and educational programming. With 302 cosponsors, the bill passed by a House voice vote on July 26, 2022.

In the United States Senate, Senators Mike Rounds (R-SD) and Jeanne Shaheen (D-NH) introduced a companion bill, the Greatest Generation Commemorative Coin Act (S.1596). With 89 cosponsors, the bill passed by a Senate voice vote on July 27, 2022.

It Passed!

On August 3, 2022, President Joe Biden signed the Greatest Generation Commemorative Coin Act into Law.

Public Law No: 117-162 will have the U.S. Treasury mint coins in January 2024 and allow us to begin making repairs at the WWII Memorial soon after.

By preserving this Memorial, we teach the lessons of yesterday and unite the generations of tomorrow.

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