[104th Congress Public Law 111]
[From the U.S. Government Printing Office]

[DOCID: f:publ111.104]

Public Law 104-111
104th Congress

                                 An Act

         To award a congressional gold medal to Ruth and Billy 
             Graham. <<NOTE: Feb. 13, 1996 -  [H.R. 2657]>> 

    Be it enacted by the Senate and House of Representatives of the 
United States of America in Congress assembled,

SECTION 1. <<NOTE: 31 USC 5111 note.>>  FINDINGS.

    The Congress hereby finds the following:
            (1) Ruth and Billy Graham have made outstanding and lasting 
        contributions to morality, racial equality, family, 
        philanthropy, and religion.
            (2) America's most respected and admired evangelical leader 
        for the past half century, Billy Graham's crusades have reached 
        100,000,000 people in person and reached over 2,000,000,000 
        people worldwide on television.
            (3) Billy Graham, throughout his 76 years of life and his 
        52-year marriage to Ruth Graham, has exemplified the highest 
        ideals of teaching, counseling, ethics, charity, faith, and 
            (4) Billy Graham's daily newspaper column and 14 books have 
        provided spiritual counseling and personal enrichment to 
        millions of people.
            (5) Ruth and Billy Graham have been the driving force to 
        create the Ruth and Billy Graham Children's Health Center at 
        Memorial Mission Hospital in Asheville, North Carolina, whose 
        vision it is to improve the health and well-being of children 
        and to become a new resource for ending the pain and suffering 
        of children.


    (a) Presentation Authorized.--The Speaker of the House of 
Representatives and the President pro tempore of the Senate are 
authorized to present, on behalf of the Congress, to Billy and Ruth 
Graham a gold medal of appropriate design, in recognition of their 
outstanding and enduring contributions toward faith, morality, and 
    (b) Design and Striking.--For purposes of the presentation referred 
to in subsection (a), the Secretary of the Treasury shall strike a gold 
medal with suitable emblems, devices, and inscriptions to be determined 
by the Secretary.
    (c) Gifts and Donations.--
            (1) In general.--The Secretary of the Treasury may accept, 
        use, and disburse gifts or donations of property or money to 
        carry out this section.
            (2) No appropriation authorized.--No amount is authorized to 
        be appropriated to carry out this section.

SEC. 3. <<NOTE: 31 USC 5111 note.>>  DUPLICATE MEDALS.

    The Secretary of the Treasury may strike and sell duplicates in 
bronze of the gold medal struck pursuant to section 2 under such 
regulations as the Secretary may prescribe, at a price sufficient to 
cover the cost thereof, including labor, materials, dies, use of 
machinery, and overhead expenses, and the cost of the gold medal.

SEC. 4. <<NOTE: 31 USC 5111 note.>>  STATUS OF MEDALS.

    (a) National Medals.--The medals struck pursuant to this Act are 
national medals for purposes of chapter 51 of title 31, United States 
    (b) Numismatic Items.--For purposes of section 5134 of title 31, 
United States Code, all medals struck under this Act shall be considered 
to be numismatic items.

    Approved February 13, 1996.


            Jan. 23, considered and passed House.
            Feb. 1, considered and passed Senate, amended. House 
                concurred in Senate amendment.