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2001 U.S. Capitol Visitor Center Commemorative Silver Dollar Coin

CoinTrapTM Commentary: In 1800, the 106 members of the 6th Congress of the United States of America met for the first time in the new U.S. Capitol.  Since that first meeting, millions upon millions of people have visited the U.S. Capitol.  Today, the Capitol receives nearly 5 million visitors a year!

To commemorate that historic meeting in one of the most important buildings of America, Congress passed a law instructing the United States Mint to mint three commemorative coins, including a gleaming gold five-dollar coin, a clad half-dollar coin, and a silver dollar coin.  A new Capitol visitor center was partially funded by the sale of these coins.

The US Capitol Visitor Center silver dollar coin shows the original Capitol superimposed on the image of today’s Capitol building.

Coin Value: What is the value of your US Capitol silver coin? Well, it all depends.  The US Capitol Silver 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 2001 US Capitol Commemorative silver 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 US Capitol 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.

2001 US Capitol Visitor Center Silver Coin - Obverse

2001 US Capitol Visitor Center Silver Coin - Reverse

Obverse - 2001 US Capitol Visitor Center Silver Commemorative Coin

Designer: Marika Somogyi
 

Reverse - 2001 US Capitol Visitor Center Silver Commemorative Coin

Engraver: John Mercanti
 

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    [[Page 113 STAT. 1643]]

    Public Law 106-126
    106th Congress

                                     An Act

     . . .

     TITLE <<NOTE: United States Capitol Visitor Center Commemorative Coin
         Act of 1999. 31 USC 5112 note.>> II--CAPITOL VISITOR CENTER
    COMMEMORATIVE COIN

    SEC. 201. SHORT TITLE.

       This title may be cited as the ``United States Capitol Visitor
    Center Commemorative Coin Act of 1999''.

    SEC. 202. FINDINGS.

       Congress finds that--
               (1) Congress moved to Washington, District of Columbia, and
           first convened in the Capitol building in the year 1800;

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               (2) the Capitol building is now the greatest visible symbol
           of representative democracy in the world;
               (3) the Capitol building has approximately 5,000,000
           visitors annually and suffers from a lack of facilities
           necessary to properly serve them;
               (4) the Capitol building and persons within the Capitol have
           been provided with excellent security through the dedication and
           sacrifice of the United States Capitol Police;
               (5) Congress has appropriated $100,000,000, to be
           supplemented with private funds, to construct a Capitol Visitor
           Center to provide continued high security for the Capitol and
           enhance the educational experience of visitors to the Capitol;
               (6) Congress would like to offer the opportunity for all
           persons to voluntarily participate in raising funds for the
           Capitol Visitor Center; and
               (7) it is appropriate to authorize coins commemorating the
           first convening of the Congress in the Capitol building with
           proceeds from the sale of the coins, less expenses, being
           deposited for the United States Capitol Preservation Commission
           with the specific purpose of aiding in the construction,
           maintenance, and preservation of a Capitol Visitor Center.

    SEC. 203. COIN SPECIFICATIONS.

       (a) Denominations.--The Secretary of the Treasury (hereafter in this
    title referred to as the ``Secretary'') shall mint and issue the
    following coins under this title:
               (1) Bimetallic coins.--Not more than 200,000 $10 bimetallic
           coins of gold and platinum, in accordance with such
           specifications as the Secretary determines to be appropriate.
               (2) $1 silver coins.--Not more than 500,000 $1 coins, which
           shall--
                       (A) weigh 26.73 grams;
                       (B) have a diameter of 1.500 inches; and
                       (C) contain 90 percent silver and 10 percent copper.
               (3) Half dollar.--Not more than 750,000 half dollar clad
           coins, each of which--
                       (A) shall weigh 11.34 grams;
                       (B) have a diameter of 1.205 inches; and
                       (C) be minted to the specifications for half dollar
                   coins contained in section 5112(b) of title 31, United
                   States Code.

       (b) $5 Gold Coins.--If the Secretary determines that the minting and
    issuance of bimetallic coins under subsection (a)(1) is not feasible,
    the Secretary may mint and issue instead not more than 100,000 $5 coins,
    which shall--
               (1) weigh 8.359 grams;
               (2) have a diameter of 0.850 inches; and
               (3) contain 90 percent gold and 10 percent alloy.

       (c) Legal Tender.--The coins minted under this title shall be legal
    tender, as provided in section 5103 of title 31, United States Code.

    SEC. 204. SOURCES OF BULLION.

       (a) Platinum and Gold.--The Secretary shall obtain platinum and gold
    for minting coins under this title from available sources.
       (b) Silver.--The Secretary may obtain silver for minting coins under
    this title from stockpiles established under the Strategic and Critical
    Materials Stock Piling Act, and from other available sources.

    [[Page 113 STAT. 1646]]

    SEC. 205. DESIGN OF COINS.

       (a) Design Requirements.--
               (1) In general.--The design of the coins minted under this
           title shall be emblematic of the first meeting of the United
           States Congress in the United States Capitol Building.
               (2) Designation and inscriptions.--On each coin minted under
           this title, there shall be--
                       (A) a designation of the value of the coin;
                       (B) an inscription of the year ``2001''; and
                       (C) inscriptions of the words ``Liberty'', ``In God
                   We Trust'', ``United States of America'', and ``E
                   Pluribus Unum''.

       (b) Selection.--The design for the coins minted under this title
    shall be--
               (1) selected by the Secretary, after consultation with the
           United States Capitol Preservation Commission (in this title
           referred to as the ``Commission'') and the Commission of Fine
           Arts; and
               (2) reviewed by the Citizens Commemorative Coin Advisory
           Committee.

    SEC. 206. ISSUANCE OF COINS.

       (a) Quality of Coins.--Coins minted under this title shall be issued
    in uncirculated and proof qualities.
       (b) Mint Facility.--Only one facility of the United States Mint may
    be used to strike any particular combination of denomination and quality
    of the coins minted under this title.
       (c) First Use of Year 2001 Date.--The coins minted under this title
    shall be the first commemorative coins of the United States to be issued
    bearing the inscription of the year ``2001''.
       (d) Promotion Consultation.--The Secretary shall--
               (1) consult with the Commission in order to establish a role
           for the Commission or an entity designated by the Commission in
           the promotion, advertising, and marketing of the coins minted
           under this title; and
               (2) if the Secretary determines that such action would be
           beneficial to the sale of coins minted under this title, enter
           into a contract with the Commission or an entity referred to in
           paragraph (1) to carry out the role established under paragraph
           (1).

    SEC. 207. SALE OF COINS.

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

       (b) Bulk Sales.--The Secretary shall make bulk sales of the coins
    issued under this title at a reasonable discount.
       (c) Prepaid Orders.--
               (1) In general.--The Secretary shall accept prepaid orders
           for the coins minted under this title before the issuance of
           such coins.

    [[Page 113 STAT. 1647]]

               (2) Discount.--Sale prices with respect to prepaid orders
           under paragraph (1) shall be at a reasonable discount.

       (d) Surcharges.--All sales under this title shall include a
    surcharge established by the Secretary, in an amount equal to not more
    than--
               (1) $50 per coin for the $10 coin or $35 per coin for the $5
           coin;
               (2) $10 per coin for the $1 coin; and
               (3) $3 per coin for the half dollar coin.

    SEC. 208. DISTRIBUTION OF SURCHARGES.

       All surcharges received by the Secretary from the sale of coins
    minted under this title shall be deposited in the Capitol Preservation
    Fund in accordance with section 5134(f ) of title 31, United States
    Code, and shall be made available to the Commission for the purpose of
    aiding in the construction, maintenance, and preservation of a Capitol
    Visitor Center.

    TITLE <<NOTE: Lewis and Clark Expedition Bicentennial Commemorative Coin
    Act. 31 USC 5112 note.>> III--LEWIS AND CLARK EXPEDITION COMMEMORATIVE
    COIN

    SEC. 301. SHORT TITLE.

       This title may be cited as the ``Lewis and Clark Expedition
    Bicentennial Commemorative Coin Act''.

    SEC. 302. FINDINGS.

       The Congress finds that--
               (1) the expedition commanded by Meriwether Lewis and William
           Clark, which came to be called ``The Corps of Discovery'', was
           one of the most remarkable and productive scientific and
           military exploring expeditions in all American history;
               (2) President Thomas Jefferson gave Lewis and Clark the
           mission to ``explore the Missouri River & such principal stream
           of it, as, by its course and communication with the waters of
           the Pacific Ocean, whether the Columbia, Oregon, Colorado, or
           any other river may offer the most direct and practical water
           communication across this continent for the purposes of
           commerce'';
               (3) the Expedition, in response to President Jefferson's
           directive, greatly advanced our geographical knowledge of the
           continent and prepared the way for the extension of the American
           fur trade with American Indian tribes throughout the land;
               (4) President Jefferson directed the explorers to take note
           of and carefully record the natural resources of the newly
           acquired territory known as Louisiana, as well as diligently
           report on the native inhabitants of the land;
               (5) the Expedition departed St. Louis, Missouri on May 14,
           1804;
               (6) the Expedition held its first meeting with American
           Indians at Council Bluff near present-day Fort Calhoun,
           Nebraska, in August 1804, spent its first winter at Fort Mandan,
           North Dakota, crossed the Rocky Mountains by the mouth of the
           Columbia River in mid-November of that year,

    [[Page 113 STAT. 1648]]

           and wintered at Fort Clatsop, near the present-day city of
           Astoria, Oregon;
               (7) the Expedition returned to St. Louis, Missouri, on
           September 23, 1806, after a 28-month journey covering 8,000
           miles during which it traversed 11 future States: Illinois,
           Missouri, Kansas, Nebraska, Iowa, North Dakota, South Dakota,
           Montana, Idaho, Washington, and Oregon;
               (8) accounts from the journals of Lewis and Clark and the
           detailed maps that were prepared by the Expedition enhance
           knowledge of the western continent and routes for commerce;
               (9) the Expedition significantly enhanced amicable
           relationships between the United States and the autonomous
           American Indian nations, and the friendship and respect fostered
           between American Indian tribes and the Expedition represents the
           best
    of diplomacy and relationships between divergent nations and cultures;
    and
               (10) the Lewis and Clark Expedition has been called the most
           perfect expedition of its kind in the history of the world and
           paved the way for the United States to become a great world
           power.

    SEC. 303. COIN SPECIFICATIONS.

       (a) Denomination.--In commemoration of the bicentennial of the Lewis
    and Clark Expedition, the Secretary of the Treasury (hereafter in this
    title referred to as the ``Secretary'') shall mint and issue not more
    than 500,000 $1 coins, each of which shall--
               (1) weigh 26.73 grams;
               (2) have a diameter of 1.500 inches; and
               (3) contain 90 percent silver and 10 percent copper.

       (b) Legal Tender.--The coins minted under this title shall be legal
    tender, as provided in section 5103 of title 31, United States Code.
       (c) Numismatic Items.--For purposes of section 5136 of title 31,
    United States Code, all coins minted under this title shall be
    considered to be numismatic items.

    SEC. 304. SOURCES OF BULLION.

       The Secretary may obtain silver for minting coins under this title
    from any available source, including stockpiles established under the
    Strategic and Critical Materials Stock Piling Act.

    SEC. 305. DESIGN OF COINS.

       (a) Design Requirements.--
               (1) In general.--The design of the coins minted under this
           title shall be emblematic of the expedition of Lewis and Clark.
               (2) Designation and inscriptions.--On each coin minted under
           this title there shall be--
                       (A) a designation of the value of the coin;
                       (B) an inscription of the year ``2004'' and the
                   years ``1804-1806''; and
                       (C) inscriptions of the words ``Liberty'', ``In God
                   We Trust'', ``United States of America'', and ``E
                   Pluribus Unum''.
               (3) Obverse of coin.--The obverse of each coin minted under
           this title shall bear the likeness of Meriwether Lewis and
           William Clark.

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               (4) General design.--In designing this coin, the Secretary
           shall also consider incorporating appropriate elements from the
           Jefferson Peace and Friendship Medal which Lewis and Clark
           presented to the Chiefs of the various Indian tribes they
           encountered and shall consider recognizing Native American
           culture.

       (b) Selection.--The design for the coins minted under this title
    shall be selected by the Secretary after consultation with the
    Commission of Fine Arts and shall be reviewed by the Citizens
    Commemorative Coin Advisory Committee.

    SEC. 306. ISSUANCE OF COINS.

       (a) Quality of Coins.--Coins minted under this title shall be issued
    in uncirculated and proof qualities.
       (b) Mint Facility.--Only one facility of the United States Mint may
    be used to strike any particular quality of the coins minted under this
    title.
       (c) Period for Issuance.--The Secretary may issue coins minted under
    this title only during the period beginning on January 1, 2004, and
    ending on December 31, 2004.

    SEC. 307. SALE OF COINS.

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

       (b) Bulk Sales.--The Secretary shall make bulk sales of the coins
    issued under this title at a reasonable discount.
       (c) 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.

       (d) Surcharges.--All sales of coins minted under this title shall
    include a surcharge of $10 per coin.

    SEC. 308. DISTRIBUTION OF SURCHARGES.

       (a) In General.--Subject to section 5134(f ) of title 31, United
    States Code, the proceeds from the surcharges received by the Secretary
    from the sale of coins issued under this title shall be promptly paid by
    the Secretary as follows:
               (1) National lewis and clark bicentennial council.--Two-
           thirds to the National Lewis and Clark Bicentennial Council, for
           activities associated with commemorating the bicentennial of the
           Lewis and Clark Expedition.
               (2) National park service.--One-third to the National Park
           Service for activities associated with commemorating the
           bicentennial of the Lewis and Clark Expedition.

       (b) Audits.--Each organization that receives any payment from the
    Secretary under this section shall be subject to the audit requirements
    of section 5134(f )(2) of title 31, United States Code.

    [[Page 113 STAT. 1650]]

    SEC. 309. 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.

       Approved December 6, 1999.

    LEGISLATIVE HISTORY--H.R. 3373:
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    CONGRESSIONAL RECORD, Vol. 145 (1999):
               Nov. 16, considered and passed House.
               Nov. 19, considered and passed Senate.
     

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