BERGMAN, MOULTON, SULLIVAN, & BLUMENTHAL INTRODUCE MARINE CORPS COMMEMORATIVE COIN ACT TO CELEBRATE BRANCH’S 250TH ANNIVERSARY
Washington, November 17, 2022
Proceeds from newly-minted coins would support the National Museum of the Marine Corps & the Marine Corps Heritage Center
WASHINGTON – U.S. Representatives Jack Bergman (R-MI) and Seth Moulton (D-MA) and U.S. Senators Richard Blumenthal (D-CT) and Dan Sullivan (R-AK), Veterans of the United States Marine Corps, introduced bipartisan, bicameral legislation authorizing the U.S. Department of the Treasury to mint commemorative coins in celebration of the Marine Corps’ upcoming Birthday. The coins would be produced at no extra cost to taxpayers, and proceeds from coin sales would support efforts to preserve and share the branch’s history and tradition of service to our nation.
“This bill and the commemorative coin it will create prompts all Americans to remember the legacy, sacrifice, and service of the United States Marine Corps. For the 250th birthday of the Marine Corps, we will reflect on the blood, sweat, and tears that Marines have poured out for our Nation and we commemorate their fortitude and selfless dedication to the United States. We are forever indebted to those who have chosen to be the few and the proud, and especially to those who gave their last full measure of devotion so that we might remain free,” Bergman said.
“My decision to join the Marines was one of the proudest of my life. To this day, I am honored to be amongst the few and the proud,” said Moulton. “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. I’m grateful to work alongside Rep. Bergman, Senator Blumenthal, and Senator Sullivan to recognize our beloved Corps through this legislation.”
“This bipartisan legislation honors the Marine Corps’ tradition of unwavering bravery and selfless service,” said Blumenthal. “For nearly 250 years, countless men and women have proudly donned the eagle, globe, and anchor while defending freedom around the world. 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.”
“For nearly 250 years, the Marine Corps has fought our nation’s wars in ‘every clime and place,” Sullivan said. “The 250th Anniversary of the United States Marine Corps Commemorative Coin 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.”
The 250th Anniversary of the United States Marine Corps Commemorative Coin Act would instruct the U.S. Mint to issue 50,000 limited edition five dollar coins, 400,000 one dollar coins, and 750,000 half-dollar coins. 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.
The legislation is cosponsored by U.S. Senators 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."Since 1775, Marines have been the first to fight on our shores and across the globe. The Marine Corps Heritage Foundation is thrilled to announce this 250th Anniversary of the United States Marine Corps Commemorative Coin Act to recognize Marines from the past and present who served their Nation with honor, courage and commitment. This is our first step in celebrating and honoring the Marine Corps' 250th Birthday in 2025" said Major General James W. Lukeman USMC (Ret), President and CEO, Marine Corps Heritage Foundation.