WASHINGTON D.C. – U.S. Senators Mark Pryor and John Boozman today applauded the Senate passage of their bill to mint coins in commemoration of the 225th anniversary of the United States Marshals Service.
A portion of the proceeds from the sale of the coin will be used by the United States Marshals Service National Museum to be located in Fort Smith. The funds will be used for the preservation, maintenance, and display of artifacts and documents of the Marshal Service. Additional proceeds will go to the Federal Law Enforcement Officers Association, the National Law Enforcement Museum, and the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children.
The commemorative coin will be minted in 2015 to coincide with the 225th anniversary of the establishment of the Marshals Service, the nation’s first law enforcement agency. It will be available in two denominations, a $5 gold coin and a $1 silver coin. It will be the first commemorative coin to honor the U.S. Marshals Service.
"Our U.S. Marshals demonstrate integrity and commitment to their communities, and I'm pleased this coin will support efforts to highlight their unique history and service,” Pryor said. “It was an honor to work with the Fort Smith community and the entire delegation to get this legislation passed.”
“Approval of the Marshal’s coin shows that when we all work together, good things can be accomplished. The commemorative coin recognizes the influential work the men and women of the U.S. Marshals Service, the country’s oldest law enforcement agency, have done and continue to do for this nation,” Boozman said. “Creation of the coin gives us the opportunity to highlight Arkansas’s role in the development and growth of our nation and, as an added bonus, benefits the U.S. Marshal Museum in Fort Smith. It will help boost the state and community, all at no cost to the taxpayers.”The Senate legislation was amended to clarify that the U.S. Mint could not release funds for the museum until the production cost of the coins is covered. The House of Representatives is expected to pass the amended bill, which will then head to the President to be signed into law.