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Rehnquist Offers His Two Cents in Favor of Commemorative Coin

March 11, 2004|From Associated Press

WASHINGTON — Supreme Court Chief Justice William H. Rehnquist made an unusual appearance before Congress on Wednesday to back a proposed commemorative coin honoring perhaps the most influential previous occupant of his job.

The $1 silver coin would honor the 250th anniversary of the birth of Chief Justice John Marshall, credited with establishing the Supreme Court as an equal branch of government with the legislative and executive branches.

Neither Marshall nor the court has been honored with a commemorative coin, Rehnquist noted in brief remarks before the House Financial Services Committee.

The U.S. Mint would make and sell the coins next year, charging a $10 surcharge apiece. Profits would go to the Supreme Court Historical Society. The Senate has approved the plan.

Marshall died in 1835.

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