This bill would direct the Dept. of the Treasury to issue commemorative coins commemorating the 400th anniversary of the landing and settlement of Plymouth Colony, Massachusetts, the signing of the Mayflower Compact, and the role of the Wampanoag tribes in making the settlement a reality. Funds from the sale of the coins would go toward funding events surrounding the 400th anniversary celebrations in 2020 and maintaining facilities related to those events.
The coins would only be issued during the two-year period following January 1, 2020. Up to 100,000 $5 gold coins, 500,000 $1 silver coins, and 750,000 half-dollar clad coins would be issued. The proceeds would be distributed in the following manner:
50% would go to Plymouth 400, Inc. for commemorations surrounding the events planned in 2020-21 and go to local historical preservation and cultural organizations to support their work in educating the public about the settlement of 1620 and their continued existence for the benefit of future generations;
15% to Plimoth Plantation to support its effort to maintain the replica of the 1627 Plantation, the Mayflower II, and the replica of the Wampanoag Village;
15% to a Wampanoag tribal organization to continue programs educating the public about the Wampanoag people prior to the Plymouth settlement and their interactions with the settlers;
10% to the General Society of Mayflower Descendants to support the restoration of the main facility in Plymouth, provide funding for the site’s research library, and educational purposes;
10% to the Pilgrim Society to continue its work in displaying the story of the settlement and settlement artifacts.