Reps. Cleaver and Barr Introduce Bill to Commemorate Centennial of Peace and Morgan Silver Dollars

Jul 18, 2019
Press Release

(Washington, D.C.) – Yesterday, United States Representatives Emanuel Cleaver, II (D-MO) and Andy Barr (R-KY) introduced H.R. 3757, a bill to celebrate the 100th anniversary of the 1921 change in design from the Morgan Silver Dollar to the iconic Peace Silver Dollar following World War I (WWI). The Peace dollar is one of the most recognized and coveted dollar coins ever produced by the mint. They were minted in the years 1921-1928 and again from 1934-1935. The Peace dollar is a true piece of American history and the last dollar coin containing silver that was struck for circulation. The bill would require the Secretary of the Treasury to mint no more than 500,000 one dollar coins in commemoration of the centennial of the Morgan Dollar and the Peace Dollar with 40% of the surcharges going to the National WWI Museum in Kansas City.

“The shift of the Morgan Silver Dollar to the Peace Silver Dollar in 1921 was emblematic of the immense sacrifices made by the millions of Americans who served in WWI and the overpowering hope that the ensuing peace would be eternal,” said Congressman Cleaver. “As we continue to search for that everlasting peace, it’s important that we remember this moment in history and honor those who gave their lives in the fight for freedom. With a significant chunk of the proceeds going to the WWI Museum in Kansas City, we will continue to educate future generations of the Great War and allow their legacy to live on.”

“I am proud to participate in this important initiative, celebrating the iconic Peace silver dollar, which was approved in 1921 to replace the Morgan silver dollar in commemoration of the declaration of peace between the U.S. and Germany,” said Congressman Barr. “The transition to the Peace silver dollar represented a pivotal time in American history. The Morgan dollar that saw the final development of the American West exited the stage as a new world leader emerged. I am honored to co-sponsor new legislation to continue recognizing the sacrifices made by U.S. soldiers in World War I who brought us to victory and peace.”

Congressman Cleaver has long been a staunch advocate for the National WWI Museum in Kansas City and nationwide WWI commemorative efforts. In 2013, Cleaver sponsored legislation with former Representative Ted Poe (R-TX) to create the World War I Centennial Commission (WWICC), whose mission is to honor, educate, and commemorate veterans and participants of WWI. Just last year, Cleaver fought for and was proud to announce the approval of $7 million in funding for the WWICC so that the commission could continue its mission. Additionally, Cleaver was a co-author of the WWI American Veterans Centennial Commemorative Coin Act, which was passed into law and responsible for the minting of WWI Centennial Silver Dollar. This year, Cleaver also introduced H.R. 1953, the ‘Hello Girls’ Congressional Gold Medal Act of 2019, which would award over 230 women who served as telephone operators in France during WWI the highest civilian honor bestowed by Congress.

“I want to thank Congressman Barr for working with me on this legislation and for his efforts to honor and bring awareness to the sacrifices made during WWI, as well as the global ramifications that followed. We have worked hard to generate bipartisan support for this bill, and will continue that effort until it is signed into law,” said Congressman Cleaver.

Emanuel Cleaver, II is the U.S. Representative for Missouri's Fifth Congressional District, which includes Kansas City, Independence, Lee's Summit, Raytown, Grandview, Sugar Creek, Blue Springs, Grain Valley, Oak Grove, North Kansas City, Gladstone, Claycomo, and all of Ray, Lafayette, and Saline Counties. He is a member of the exclusive House Financial Services Committee; Chairman of the House Subcommittee on National Security, International Development, and Monetary Policy; member of the Select Committee on the Modernization of Congress; member of the Committee on Homeland Security; and a Senior Whip of the Democratic Caucus. For more information, please contact Matthew Helfant at 202-225-4535 or Matthew.Helfant@mail.house.gov A high-resolution photo of Congressman Cleaver is available here.