WASHINGTON – The US Senate has passed the National Purple Heart Hall of Honor Commemorative Coin Act, which will see a coin honoring Purple Heart recipients.
The House previously passed the measure, sponsored by area Representative Sean Patrick Maloney (D, NY-18).
The coins will be struck at the US Mint at West Point, but that will not happen overnight.
The act must first be signed into law by the president and then the coin must be designed.
Proceeds from the sale of the coin will be directed to the National Purple Heart Hall of Honor, Inc., doing business as National Purple Heart Honor Mission, for projects and programs that raise awareness about the National Purple Heart Hall of Honor and pay tribute to the memory and sacrifices of all American servicemen and women who were wounded or killed in combat.
The National Purple Heart Hall of Honor, operated by the Palisades Interstate Park Commission, is located in New Windsor, some four miles from Washington’s Headquarters in the City of Newburgh where General Washington presented the Badge of Military Merit in 1873, the predecessor to the Purple Heart Medal.
The commemorative coin act was led in the Senate by Minority Leader Charles Schumer.
It authorizes the US Treasury to mint $5 gold coins, $1 silver coins, and half-dollar clad coins for the 2022 year.