Bill Introduced to Honor Centennial of Lions Clubs International

On June 8th, 2011, House Resolution H.R. 2139 was introduced into the 112th Congress, requiring the Secretary of the Treasury to mint coins in commemoration of the centennial of the establishment of Lions Clubs International, the world’s largest service club organization. It was founded in 1917 by Chicago business leader Melvin Jones, and empowers volunteers to serve their communities, meet humanitarian needs, encourage peace and promote international understanding through Lions clubs.

The bill specifies that not more than 400,000 $1 coins in commemoration of the centennial of the founding of the Lions Clubs International, each of which shall weigh 26.73 grams, have a diameter of one-and-one-half inches, and be made from the standard 90 percent silver / 10 percent copper alloy.

The bill also states that the design of the coins shall be emblematic of the centennial of the Lions Clubs International, and include a designation of the value of the coin, the year of its minting, 2017, and the inscriptions of the words “Liberty”, “In God We Trust”, “United States of America”, and “E Pluribus Unum”.

A surcharge of $10 per coin will be added to the final price, which will be paid to the Lions Clubs International Foundation to assist in furthering its programs for the blind and visually impaired in the United States and abroad, investing in adaptive technologies for the disabled and investing in youth and those affected by a major disaster.

The bill was referred to the Committee on Financial Services, where it will be voted on, and if passed there, be sent to the full House for approval. A comparable bill will need to be introduced in the Senate, and if both bills pass their respective chambers, after which it would be presented to the President for signature into law.


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