250th Commemorative Coin Legislation Introduced in U.S. Congress

U.S. Representative Bonnie Watson Coleman (NJ-12) has introduced the Semiquincentennial Commemorative Coin Act (H.R. 4429), which would direct the U.S. Mint to produce coins in commemoration of the 250th anniversary of the United States in 2026. As New Jersey’s representative on the U.S. Semiquincentennial Commission, Congresswoman Watson Coleman is working to prepare the nation for this historic milestone with national programs and signature projects.

The design of the coins will be in part determined by suggestions from the America250 Commission along with public comments and input.

A companion bill, S. 2384, has been introduced by Senator Patrick Toomey of Pennsylvania.

“July 4, 1776 was an essential milestone in the history of progress of humanity towards a fair, just, and democratic society; a journey towards a more perfect union that continues to this day,” said Rep. Watson Coleman, “As we approach the 250th Anniversary of the signing of the Declaration of Independence, it’s an honor to introduce legislation that helps commemorate this momentous occasion.”

“In 2026, America will celebrate 250 years of the world’s greatest experiment in self-governance,” said Senator Pat Toomey. “It is only right that this moment in our shared history be immortalized in more ways than one. I am pleased to support the Semiquincentennial Commemorative Coin Act, which will create a fitting token to this time of national celebration.”

Both bills have been referred to committee — in the House to Financial Services and in the Senate to Banking, Housing, and Urban Affairs.