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1999 Yellowstone National Park Commemorative $5 Coin

CoinTrapTM Commentary: Simply one of the most beautiful places on Earth, Yellowstone National Park draws thousands of visitors each year and has spawned much astonishment and amusement at the vast wilderness and natural phenomena that permeates this park.

The 1999 Yellowstone National Park coin recognizes this precious resource. The obverse of the coin features a spouting geyser with a backdrop of trees in the distance. The reverse depicts American buffalo on the plains, with a brilliant sun rising above the mountains in the background.

Coin Value: What is the value of your 1999 Yellowstone Commemorative Coin?  The short answer: it depends.  The 1999 Yellowstone National Park coin worth or value depends on these main factors: (1) your coin’s grade, (2) whether it is a proof coin (Deep Cameo or DCAM) having a mirror-like polished finish, and (3) scarcity/demand. Regarding your coin’s grade, it has become a standard in the field of numismatics (coin collecting) to grade coins on a point-scale from 1 (poor) to 70 (perfect).  This is also referred to as the “Mint State” or just “MS” for short. Click here to find the up-to-date estimated value of your 1999 Yellowstone coin from the Professional Coin Grading Service (PCGS®), which takes all three factors mentioned above into account*. If you do not know the grade of your Yellowstone National Park Commemorative silver coin, you can take it to your local coin dealer and ask that they have it graded at one of the three major coin grading services.

1999 Yellowstone Commemorative Gold Coin - Obverse

1999 Yellowstone Commemorative Gold Coin - Reverse

Obverse - 1999 Yellowstone Commemorative Silver Coin

Engraver: Edgar Z. Steever
 

Reverse - 1999 Yellowstone Commemorative Silver Coin

Engraver: William C. Cousins
 

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    Public Law 104-329
    104th Congress

                                     An Act

     To establish United States commemorative coin programs, and for other
               purposes. <<NOTE: Oct. 20, 1996 -  [H.R. 1776]>>

       Be it enacted by the Senate and House of Representatives of the
    United States of America in Congress assembled, <<NOTE: United States
    Commemorative Coin Act of 1996.>>

    SECTION 1. SHORT TITLE; TABLE OF CONTENTS.

    <<NOTE: 31 USC 5101 note.>>    (a) Short Title.--This Act may be cited
    as the ``United States Commemorative Coin Act of 1996''.

       (b) Table of Contents.--The table of contents for this Act is as
    follows:

    Sec. 1. Short title; table of contents.
    Sec. 2. Definitions.

                     TITLE I--COMMEMORATIVE COIN PROGRAMS

    Sec. 101. Commemorative coin programs.
    Sec. 102. Design.
    Sec. 103. Legal tender.
    Sec. 104. Sources of bullion.
    Sec. 105. Quality of coins.
    Sec. 106. Sale of coins.
    Sec. 107. General waiver of procurement regulations.
    Sec. 108. Financial assurances.

      TITLE II--NATIONAL LAW ENFORCEMENT OFFICERS MEMORIAL MAINTENANCE FUND

    Sec. 201. National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial Maintenance Fund.

           TITLE III--STUDY OF FIFTY STATES COMMEMORATIVE COIN PROGRAM

    Sec. 301. Short title.
    Sec. 302. Study.
    Sec. 303. Fixed terms for members of the Citizens Commemorative Coin
               Advisory Committee.
    Sec. 304. Mint managerial staffing reform.

    <<NOTE: 31 USC 5112 note.>> SEC. 2. DEFINITIONS.

       For purposes of this Act--
               (1) the term ``Fund'' means the National Law Enforcement
           Officers Memorial Maintenance Fund established under section
           201;
               (2) the term ``recipient organization'' means an
           organization described in section 101 to which surcharges
           received by the Secretary from the sale of coins issued under
           this Act are paid; and
               (3) the term ``Secretary'' means the Secretary of the
           Treasury.

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    <<NOTE: 31 USC 5112 note.>> TITLE I--COMMEMORATIVE COIN PROGRAMS

    SEC. 101. COMMEMORATIVE COIN PROGRAMS.

       In accordance with the recommendations of the Citizens Commemorative
    Coin Advisory Committee, the Secretary shall mint and issue the
    following coins:
             . . .
               (5) Yellowstone national park.--
                       (A) In general.--To commemorate the 125th
                   anniversary of the establishment of Yellowstone National
                   Park as the first national park in the United States,
                   and the birth of the national park idea, during a 1-year
                   period beginning in 1999, the Secretary shall issue not
                   more than 500,000 $1 coins, each of which shall--
                             (i) weigh 26.73 grams;
                             (ii) have a diameter of 1.500 inches; and
                             (iii) contain 90 percent silver and 10 percent
                         alloy.
                       (B) Mint facility.--Only 1 facility of the United
                   States Mint may be used to strike any particular quality
                   of the coins minted under this paragraph.
                       (C) Surcharges.--All sales of the coins issued under
                   this paragraph shall include a surcharge of $10 per
                   coin.
                       (D) Distribution of surcharges.--Subject to section
                   5134(f) of title 31, United States Code (as added by
                   section 301(b) of this Act), all surcharges received by
                   the Secretary from the sale of coins issued under this
                   paragraph shall be promptly paid by the Secretary in
                   accordance with the following:
                             (i) Fifty percent of the surcharges received
                         shall be paid to the National Park Foundation to
                         be used for the support of national parks.
                             (ii) Fifty percent of the surcharges received
                         shall be paid to Yellowstone National Park.
               . . .

    SEC. 102. DESIGN.

       (a) Selection.--The design for each coin issued under this paragraph
    shall be--
               (1) selected by the Secretary after consultation with the
           appropriate recipient organization or organizations and the
           Commission of Fine Arts; and
               (2) reviewed by the Citizens Commemorative Coin Advisory
           Committee.

       (b) Designation and Inscriptions.--On each coin issued under this
    paragraph there shall be--
               (1) a designation of the value of the coin;
               (2) an inscription of the year; and
               (3) inscriptions of the words ``Liberty'', ``In God We
           Trust'', ``United States of America'', and ``E Pluribus Unum''.

    SEC. 103. LEGAL TENDER.

       (a) Legal Tender.--The coins issued under this title shall be legal
    tender, as provided in section 5103 of title 31, United States Code.
       (b) Numismatic Items.--For purposes of section 5134(f) of title 31,
    United States Code, all coins minted under this title shall be
    considered to be numismatic items.

    SEC. 104. SOURCES OF BULLION.

       (a) Gold.--The Secretary shall obtain gold for minting coins under
    this title pursuant to the authority of the Secretary under other
    provisions of law.
       (b) Silver.--The Secretary shall obtain silver for minting coins
    under this title from sources the Secretary determines to be
    appropriate, including stockpiles established under the Strategic and
    Critical Materials Stock Piling Act.

    SEC. 105. QUALITY OF COINS.

       Each coin minted under this title shall be issued in uncirculated
    and proof qualities.

    SEC. 106. SALE OF COINS.

       (a) Sale Price.--Each coin issued under this title shall be sold by
    the Secretary at a price equal to the sum of--
               (1) the face value of the coin;
               (2) the surcharge provided in section 101 with respect to
           the coin; and
               (3) the cost of designing and issuing the coin (including
           labor, materials, dies, use of machinery, overhead expenses,
           marketing, and shipping).

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       (b) Prepaid Orders.--
               (1) In general.--The Secretary shall accept prepaid orders
           for the coins minted under this title before the issuance of
           such coins.
               (2) Discount.--Sale prices with respect to prepaid orders
           under paragraph (1) shall be at a reasonable discount.

    SEC. 107. GENERAL WAIVER OF PROCUREMENT REGULATIONS.

       Section 5112(j) of title 31, United States Code, shall apply to the
    procurement of goods or services necessary to carrying out the programs
    and operations of the United States Mint under this title.

    SEC. 108. FINANCIAL ASSURANCES.

       (a) No Net Cost to the Government.--The Secretary shall take such
    actions as may be necessary to ensure that minting and issuing coins
    under this title will not result in any net cost to the United States
    Government.
       (b) Payment for Coins.--A coin shall not be issued under this title
    unless the Secretary has received--
               (1) full payment for the coin;
               (2) security satisfactory to the Secretary to indemnify the
           United States for full payment; or
               (3) a guarantee of full payment satisfactory to the
           Secretary from a depository institution whose deposits are
           insured by the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation or the
           National Credit Union Administration Board.

                           TITLE II--NATIONAL LAW EN-
                         FORCEMENT OFFICERS MEMORIAL
                               MAINTENANCE   FUND

    <<NOTE: 16 USC 431 note.>> SEC. 201. NATIONAL LAW ENFORCEMENT OFFICERS
               MEMORIAL MAINTENANCE FUND.

       (a) Establishment.--
               (1) In general.--There is established the National Law
           Enforcement Officers Memorial Maintenance Fund, which shall be a
           revolving fund administered by the Secretary of the Interior (or
           the designee of the Secretary of the Interior).
               (2) Funding.--Amounts in the Fund shall include--
                       (A) amounts deposited in the Fund under section
                   101(6); and
                       (B) any donations received under paragraph (3).
               (3) Donations.--The Secretary of the Interior may accept
           donations to the Fund.
               (4) Interest-bearing account.--The Fund shall be maintained
           in an interest-bearing account within the Treasury of the United
           States.

       (b) Purposes.--The Fund shall be used--
               (1) for the maintenance and repair of the National Law
           Enforcement Officers Memorial in Washington, D.C.;
               (2) to periodically add the names of law enforcement
           officers who have died in the line of duty to the National Law
           Enforcement Officers Memorial;

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               (3) for the security of the National Law Enforcement
           Officers Memorial site, including the posting of National Park
           Service rangers and United States Park Police, as appropriate;
               (4) at the discretion of the Secretary of the Interior and
           in consultation with the Secretary and the Attorney General of
           the United States, who shall establish an equitable procedure
           between the Fund and such other organizations as may be
           appropriate, to provide educational scholarships to the
           immediate family members of law enforcement officers killed in
           the line of duty whose names appear on the National Law
           Enforcement Officers Memorial, the total annual amount of such
           scholarships not to exceed 10 percent of the annual income of
           the Fund;
               (5) for the dissemination of information regarding the
           National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial to the general
           public;
               (6) to administer the Fund, including contracting for
           necessary services, in an amount not to exceed the lesser of--
                       (A) 10 percent of the annual income of the
                   Fund; or
                       (B) $200,000 during any 1-year period; and
               (7) at the discretion of the Secretary of the Interior, in
           consultation with the Fund, for appropriate purposes in the
           event of an emergency affecting the operation of the National
           Law Enforcement Officers Memorial, except that, during any 1-
           year period, not more than $200,000 of the principal of the Fund
           may be used to carry out this paragraph.

       (c) Budget and Audit Treatment.--The Fund shall be subject to the
    budget and audit provisions of chapter 91 of title 31, United States
    Code.

    <<NOTE: 50 States Commemorative Coin Program Act.>> TITLE III--STUDY OF
    FIFTY STATES COMMEMORATIVE COIN PROGRAM

    <<NOTE: 31 USC 5101 note.>> SEC. 301. SHORT TITLE.

       This title may be cited as the ``50 States Commemorative Coin
    Program Act''.

    <<NOTE: 31 USC 5112 note.>> SEC. 302. STUDY.

       (a) Study.--The Secretary of the Treasury shall by June 1, 1997
    complete a study of the feasibility of a circulating commemorative coin
    program to commemorate each of the 50 States. The study shall assess
    likely public acceptance of and consumer demand for different coins that
    might be issued in connection with such a program (taking into
    consideration the pace of issuance of coins and the length of such a
    program), a comparison of the costs of producing coins issued under the
    program and the revenue that the program would generate, the impact on
    coin distribution
    systems, the advantages and disadvantages of different approaches to
    selecting designs for coins in such a program, and such other factors as
    the Secretary considers appropriate in deciding upon the feasibility of
    such a program. No steps taken in order to gather information for this
    study shall be considered a collection of information within the meaning
    of section 3502 of title 44, United States Code.

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       (b) Report.--The Secretary shall submit the study required in
    subsection (a) above, to the Committee on Banking and Financial Services
    of the House of Representatives and the Committee on Banking, Housing
    and Urban Affairs of the Senate, simultaneously on its receipt by the
    Secretary.
       (c) 50-State Commemorative Coin Program.--The Secretary shall
    determine by August 1, 1997 whether the results of the study authorized
    by subsection (a) justify such a program. If the Secretary determines
    that such a program is justified, then he shall by January 1, 1999,
    notwithstanding the fourth sentence of subsection (d)(1) and subsection
    (d)(2) of section 5112, title 31, United States Code, commence a
    commemorative coin program consisting of the minting and issuance of
    quarter dollar coins bearing designs, selected in accordance with
    paragraph (4) of this subsection, which are emblematic of the 50
    States. <<NOTE: Notification.>> If the Secretary determines that such a
    commemorative coin program is justified but that it is not practicable
    to commence the program by January 1, 1999, then he shall notify the
    Committee on Banking and
    Financial Services of the House of Representatives and the
    Committee on Banking, Housing, and Urban Affairs of the Senate of such
    impracticability and of the date on which the program will commence.
               (1) Design.--The design for each quarter dollar issued under
           the program shall be emblematic of 1 of the 50 States. The
           designs for quarter dollar coins issued during each year of the
           program shall be emblematic of States which have not previously
           been commemorated under the program.
               (2) Order of issuance.--Each State will be honored by a coin
           in the order of that State's admission to the United States.
               (3) Number of coins.--Of the quarter dollar coins issued
           during each year of the program, the Secretary shall prescribe,
           on the basis of such factors as the Secretary determines to be
           appropriate, the number of quarter dollar coins which shall be
           issued with each of the designs selected for such year.
               (4) Selection of design.--Each of the 50 designs required
           for quarter dollars issued under the program shall be--
                       (A) selected pursuant to a process, decided upon by
                   the Secretary, on the basis of the study conducted
                   pursuant to subsection (a), which process shall involve,
                   among other things, consultation with appropriate
                   officials of the State being commemorated with such
                   design; and
                       (B) reviewed by the Citizens Commemorative Coin
                   Advisory Committee and the Commission of Fine Arts.
               (5) Treatment as numismatic items.--For purposes of sections
           5134 and 5136 of title 31, United States Code, all coins minted
           under this section shall be considered to be numismatic items.

    [[Page 110 STAT. 4014]]

               (6) Numismatic items.--
                       (A) Quality of coins.--The Secretary may mint and
                   issue such number of quarter dollars of each design
                   selected under paragraph (4) of this subsection in
                   uncirculated and proof qualities as the Secretary
                   determines to be appropriate.
                       (B) Silver coins.--Notwithstanding the provisions of
                   subsection 5112(b) of title 31, United States Code, the
                   Secretary may mint and issue such number of quarter
                   dollars of each design selected under paragraph (4) of
                   this subsection as the Secretary determines to be
                   appropriate with a content of 90 percent silver and 10
                   percent copper.
                       (C) Sources of bullion.--The Secretary may obtain
                   silver for minting coins under paragraph (6)(B) from
                   stockpiles established under the Strategic and Critical
                   Materials Stock Piling Act.

       (d) Funding.--Funds used to complete this study shall be offset from
    funds from the Department of the Treasury.

    SEC. 303. FIXED TERMS FOR MEMBERS OF THE CITIZENS
               COMMEMORATIVE  COIN  ADVISORY  COMMITTEE.

       (a) In General.--Section 5135(a)(4) of title 31, United States Code,
    is amended to read as follows:
               ``(4) Terms.--
                       ``(A) In general.--Each individual appointed to the
                   Advisory Committee under clause (i) or (iii) of
                   paragraph (3)(A) shall be appointed for a term of 4
                   years.
                       ``(B) Interim appointments.--Any member appointed to
                   fill a vacancy occurring before the expiration of the
                   term for which such member's predecessor was appointed
                   shall be appointed only for the remainder of such term.
                       ``(C) Continuation of service.--Each member
                   appointed under clause (i) or (iii) of paragraph (3)(A)
                   may continue to serve after the expiration of the term
                   to which such member was appointed until a successor has
                   been appointed and qualified.''.

    <<NOTE: 31 USC 5135 note.>>    (b) Staggered Terms.--Of the members
    appointed to the
    Citizens Commemorative Coin Advisory Committee under clause (i) or (iii)
    of section 5135(a)(3)(A) of title 31, United States Code, who are
    serving on the Advisory Committee as of the date of the enactment of
    this Act--
               (1) 1 member appointed under clause (i) and 1 member
           appointed under clause (iii), as designated by the Secretary,
           shall be deemed to have been appointed to a term which ends on
           December 31, 1997;
               (2) 1 member appointed under clause (i) and 1 member
           appointed under clause (iii), as designated by the Secretary,
           shall be deemed to have been appointed to a term which ends on
           December 31, 1998; and
               (3) 1 member appointed under clause (i) and 1 member
           appointed under clause (iii), as designated by the Secretary,
           shall be deemed to have been appointed to a term which ends on
           December 31, 1999.

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    <<NOTE: 31 USC 5135 note.>>    (c) Status of Members.--The members
    appointed to the
    Citizens Commemorative Coin Advisory Committee under clause (i) or (iii)
    of section 5135(a)(3)(A) of title 31, United States Code, shall not be
    treated as special Government employees.

    SEC. 304. MINT MANAGERIAL STAFFING REFORM.

       Section 5131 of title 31, United States Code, is amended--
               (1) by striking subsection (c); and
               (2) by redesignating subsection (d) as subsection (c).

       Approved October 20, 1996.

    LEGISLATIVE HISTORY--H.R. 1776:
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               Sept. 17, considered and passed House.
               Oct. 3, considered and passed Senate, amended.
               Oct. 4, House concurred in Senate amendments.
     

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