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The E-Sylum:  Volume 9, Number 21, May 21, 2006, Article 8

SAN FRANCISCO MINT COMMEMORATIVE BILL GOES TO SENATE FOR VOTE

According to a joint press release issued May 18 by the American
Numismatic Association and the San Francisco Museum and Historical
Society, "The Senate Banking Committee today approved a bill that
authorizes the U.S. Mint to strike two commemorative coins to
raise funds to transform the Old Mint building in San Francisco
into a museum that will showcase city history and numismatics.
The full senate is expected to vote on the measure on next week;
it has already been passed in the House of Representatives.

The San Francisco Old Mint Commemorative Act instructs the U.S.
Mint to issue one $5 gold coin and a $1 silver coin with images
emblematic of the Old Mint, also known as “The Granite Lady.” It
is the first time U.S. commemorative coins will be produced to
raise funds to benefit an historic mint building. A total of
600,000 coins will be minted, 100,000 in gold and 500,000 in
silver.

The American Money and Gold Rush Museum will occupy approximately
9,000 square feet.  The American Money and Gold Rush Museum will
be developed in partnership with the American Numismatic Association
(ANA), which will help create exhibits, conduct research and
operate the museum."

  Wayne Homren, Editor

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