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Christa McAuliffe Commemorative Coin Act of 2019

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Christa McAuliffe Commemorative Coin Act of 2019

Christa McAuliffe Commemorative Coin Act of 2019
This bill directs the Department of the Treasury to mint and issue not more than 350,000 $1 silver coins in commemoration of Christa McAuliffe, a teacher tragically killed in the Space Shuttle Challenger Disaster.
The design of the coins shall bear an image and the name of Christa McAuliffe on the obverse side and a design on the reverse side that depicts the legacy of McAuliffe as a teacher.
Treasury may issue the coins from January 1-December 31, 2020.
All surcharges received by Treasury from the sale of the coins shall be paid to the FIRST robotics program for the purpose of engaging and inspiring young people, through mentor-based programs, to become leaders in the fields of science, technology, engineering, and mathematics.
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01/11/19

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Date: January 11, 2019

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116.HR.500
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Finance and Financial Sector
Christa McAuliffe Commemorative Coin Act of 2019
Date: January 11, 2019 Official Title: To require the Secretary of the Treasury to mint coins in recognition of Christa McAuliffe.Short title This Act may be cited as the "Christa McAuliffe Commemorative Coin Act of 2019".Findings Congress finds the following:
  • (1) Christa McAuliffe was a social studies teacher at Concord High School in Concord, New Hampshire.
  • (2) In 1985, Christa McAuliffe was selected to be the first participant in the Teacher in Space program of the National Aeronautics and Space Administration.
  • (3) On January 28, 1986, Christa McAuliffe and 6 other astronauts were tragically killed during the Space Shuttle Challenger disaster.
  • (4) In 1989, For Inspiration and Recognition of Science and Technology (in this Act referred to as "FIRST") was founded to inspire young people's interest and participation in science and technology.
  • (5) The mission of FIRST "is to inspire young people to be science and technology leaders, by engaging them in exciting mentor-based programs that build science, engineering, and technology skills, that inspire innovation, and that foster well-rounded life capabilities including self-confidence, communication, and leadership".
  • (6) Each year, more than 1,000,000 children from the United States and more than 86 countries participate in a FIRST program.
  • (7) Studies have shown that alumni of FIRST programs are more likely to become scientists and engineers and to volunteer in their communities.
  • (8) FIRST is dedicated to carrying on the mission of Christa McAuliffe of inspiring students and creating a new generation of dreamers and innovators.
  • (9) 2016 marks the 30th anniversary of the Space Shuttle Challenger tragedy.Denominations In commemoration of Christa McAuliffe, the Secretary of the Treasury (hereafter referred to in this Act as the "Secretary") shall mint and issue not more than 350,000 $1 coins, each of which shall
  • (1) weigh 26.73 grams;
  • (2) have a diameter of 1.500 inches; and
  • (3) contain at least 90 percent silver.Legal tender The coins minted under this Act shall be legal tender, as provided in section 5103 of title 31, United States Code.Numismatic items For purposes of sections 5134 and 5136 of title 31, United States Code, all coins minted under this Act shall be considered to be numismatic items.