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Commemorative coins in 2024 to honor national memorial

The National World War II Memorial in Washington, D.C. was dedicated on May 25, 2004.

Images by Coin World Senior Editor Jeff Starck.

One of two commemorative coin bills signed into law Aug. 3 by President Biden authorizes 2024 coins “in commemoration of the National World War II Memorial in Washington, D.C.”

The Greatest Generation Commemorative Coin Act originated as H.R. 1057 when introduced Feb. 15, 2021, by Rep. Marcy Kaptur, D-Ohio.

The law authorizes the Treasury secretary to direct the U.S. Mint to strike, in Proof and Uncirculated versions combined, up to 50,000 gold $5 coins, 400,000 silver dollars and 750,000 copper-nickel clad half dollars.

The purchase price of each gold coin will include a $35 surcharge, each silver dollar a $10 surcharge, and each copper-nickel clad half dollar, $5.

Net surcharges, after the U.S. Mint has recovered all of its production and associated costs will be paid to the Friends of the National World War II Memorial to support the National Park Service in maintaining and repairing the National World War II Memorial, and for educational and commemorative programs.

In 1993, legislation was passed by Congress and signed into law by President Clinton authorizing the now existing National World War II Memorial, which was dedicated in 2004. The American Battle Monuments Commission, an independent federal agency created by law in 1923, was responsible for designing and constructing the memorial.

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