Little Rock is Up for Commemorative Coin

December 18, 2005--Posted At 11:05 p.m. CST

LITTLE ROCK--President Bush is expected to sign a bill that instructs the U.S. Treasury to mint a silver dollar commemorating the 50th anniversary of the Little Rock Central High
School desegregation crisis.

Congressman Vic Snyder and Senators Blanche Lincoln and Mark Pryor all sponsored the legislation that will honor the 2007 anniversary. The bill was sent to Bush today.

Congress can authorize two commemorative coins for each year. One of the two 2007 coin bill positions has already been filled for the 400th anniversary of the founding of Jamestown, Virginia.
Snyder's bill would fill the other.

Proceeds from a $10 surcharge on each commemorative coin would benefit educational programs and capital improvements at the Little Rock Central High National Historic Site. If all of the authorized 500,000 coins are sold, the proceeds would total 5 million dollars, but the number of coins that will be sold can't be determined.

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