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Mayflower Coin Project Now Before US Legislature


UPDATE: Mayflower Society members (dressed in Pilgrim costume) will hold a news conference on Flag Day, June 14th in front of the U.S. Capitol Building in Washington. READ MORE.

The General Society of Mayflower Descendants' request to have the US Mint issue a series of commemorative coins recognizing the 400th anniversary of the Mayflower voyage is now before Congress. If you would like to see US coins minted to commemorate the 400th anniversary of the Mayflower voyage, it is very important to contact your Representatives and Senators. Below you will find directions that will make it easy for you to demonstrate the importance of this project.

Here is the challenge to each of you. In order to beat out all the others who have applied for a coin for 2020, we need 287 U.S. Congress members and 67 U.S. Senators to sign on as co-sponsors. Only two coins are minted each year and there are already a handful of applications and there is sure to be more. We can do this!

On July 8, 2015, bills were introduced in the United States House of Representatives and Senate in support of the GSMD coin proposal. Both bills are titled “A bill to require the Secretary of the Treasury to mint coins in commemoration of the 400th anniversary of arrival of the Pilgrims." It is emphasized that this is a non-partisan effort, and we anticipate support from many members from both sides of the aisle.

HR. 2980 is sponsored by Representative Bill Foster (D-IL) in the US House. We have a better chance of getting the 287 members of the House needed to sign on as cosponsors if they hear from many of us. Since that number is large, we need all of you to contact your representatives to garner their support. We encourage all to send emails or write letters, as soon as possible, in support of this legislation. If you don’t know who your US Representatives are, you can find them at simply by entering your zip code.

S.1715 is sponsored by Sen John Hoeven (R-ND) in the US Senate. Same as above, we will have a better chance of getting the 67 cosponsors in the Senate if they hear from you. By selecting sponsors from the two major parties in the different Houses of Congress we are emphasizing the bipartisan support we wish to engage. Senators and their office addresses (and email contacts) can be found at Again, we are asking for all of our members to email or write your U.S. Senators as soon as possible to obtain their support.

Click here to download House Bill and Senate Bill template letters that you may use for each member of Congress. If you choose to write your own letter, that’s also fine. Just make sure that you include the assigned number for the bills (HR.2980 for U.S. Representatives or S.1715 for U.S. Senators) and that you ask your Congressperson to cosponsor the bill. That way you will be explaining to him or her exactly what you are requesting.

Thanks to everyone who follows through with a message to Congress, and thanks also to the Illinois Society for spearheading this 2020 effort!

George Garmany
Assistant Governor General and GSMD 2020 Chair

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