U.S. Marshals commem surcharges bring museum closer to reality

Level of sales restricts payout to museum, while other entities lose out
By , Coin World
Published : 05/18/16
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Total net surcharges from the sale of Proof and Uncirculated 2015 U.S. Marshals 225th Anniversary gold $5 half eagles, silver dollars and copper-nickel clad half dollars reached $3,053,338.

A check for the amount of the surcharges was presented May 7 in Fort Smith to U.S. Marshals Museum Inc. in a formal ceremony that included U.S. Sen. John Boozman, R-Ark. and U.S. Rep. Steve Womack, R-Ark. Boozman introduced the initial proposed legislation as its prime sponsor.

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No surcharges were distributed to three other potential designated beneficiaries — National Center for Missing & Exploited Children, Federal Law Enforcement Officers Association Foundation, and National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial Fund. The authorizing legislation set a $5 million surcharge threshold to be reached before those potential beneficiaries could receive any surcharges beyond that level. Had the threshold been reached and surcharges delivered, they would have been split evenly among the three additional organizations.

The level of sales of the coins and the legal requirement that all production and associated costs be paid for through sales kept net surcharges below that threshold.

Sales and surcharges

The U.S. Mint provided the following information on the U.S. Marshals Service 225th Anniversary coin program. The product is listed first, followed by the final sales, and the net surcharges generated.

➤ Single Proof 2015-W gold half eagle: 9,999; $348,740.

➤ Single Uncirculated 2015-W gold half eagle: 6,743; $236,005.

➤ Single Proof 2015-P silver dollar: 109,347; $1,093,120.

➤ Single Uncirculated 2015-P silver dollar: 38,115; $381,150.

➤ Single Proof 2015-S copper-nickel clad half dollar: 61,573; $184,614.

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