- Associated Press - Sunday, May 8, 2016

FORT SMITH, Ark. (AP) - More than $3 million from the sale of U.S. Mint commemorative coins will go toward the planned U.S. Marshals Museum in Arkansas.

The proposed $55 million museum, still in the fundraising stage, is planned near the Arkansas River in Fort Smith. Exhibits will describe the history of the oldest federal law enforcement agency in the United States.

The Arkansas Democrat-Gazette reports (https://bit.ly/1XfCcX1 ) that coins were produced and sold by the U.S. Mint last year. The funds represent surcharges from sales of a $5 gold coin, a silver dollar and what’s known as a “clad” half dollar, made up of layers of nonprecious materials.

Online data published by the U.S. Mint indicate about 271,000 coins were sold as part of the program. The museum purchased some coins to be resold later.

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Information from: Arkansas Democrat-Gazette, https://www.arkansasonline.com

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