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Gettysburg Bill Calls for Three Coins

Coin set to honor 150th annniversary of battle.
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By David L. Ganz, Numismatic News
October 16, 2009

Commemoration of the 150th anniversary of the Battle of Gettysburg and Lincoln’s Gettysburg Address of Nov. 19, 1863, would be honored with a three-coin commemorative set under the terms of new legislation.

Introduced Oct. 1 by Rep. Todd R. Platts, R-Pa., with 24 co-sponsors, H.R. 3712 calls for a $5 gold piece, silver dollar and copper-nickel half dollar.

Designs on each “shall be emblematic of the history and memory of the Gettysburg campaign and President Lincoln’s Gettysburg Address.”

Up to 100,000 gold coins ($35 surcharge) 500,000 silver dollars ($10) and 750,000 halves ($5) could be produced. The surcharges are designed to raise funds for the Gettysburg Foundation and the Army Heritage Center Foundation.

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