GENERAL ASSEMBLY OF NORTH CAROLINA
HOUSE DRH30167-LB-247C (03/11)
Short Title: Constitutional Tender Act.
A BILL TO BE ENTITLED
AN ACT to provide that the state of north carolina declares section 10 of article I of the united states constitution as authority recognizing elemental gold and elemental silver as valid tender in the state of north carolina.
The General Assembly of North Carolina enacts:
SECTION 1. This act may be known and cited as the North Carolina Constitutional Hard Tender Act.
SECTION 2. Definitions. - As used in this act, the following definitions apply:
(1) Gold tender. - All exchangeable struck commodity gold in 22k and 24k by elemental mass of gold.
(2) Silver tender. - All exchangeable struck commodity silver from ninety percent (90%) and up by elemental mass of silver.
(3) State money. - Any gold tender, silver tender, or registered specie.
(4) Federal money. - Federal legal tender as defined in Section 31 U.S.C. § 5103.
(5) Registered specie. - Gold and silver coin and bullion as described in Section 4 of this act.
SECTION 3. Use as tender. - State money shall be legal tender within the State of North Carolina. The purchase or exchange of State money shall not be taxed.
SECTION 4. Specie registry. -
(a) Registered specie are listed to include the following:
(1) Gold coins, including the following:
a. United States American eagle coins, of all denominations, minted pursuant to the Gold Bullion Coin Act of 1985, Public Law 99-185.
b. Austrian 100 and 20 corona, and 4 and 1 ducat.
c. British sovereign.
d. Canadian 1 and 1/10 maple leaf.
e. French 20 franc.
f. Mexican 50, 20, 10, 5, and 2.5 peso.
g. South African 1, 1/2, 1/4, and 1/10 krugerrand.
h. Swiss 20 franc.
(2) Silver coins, including the following:
a. United States dollars, so denominated and whenever minted, that were or are required by the statutes authorizing their coinage to contain 371.25 grains (troy) of fine silver per dollar, as "dollar" is referred to in Section 9 of Article I of the United States Constitution and the Seventh Amendment to the United States Constitution, the value of which was established in the Coinage Act of April 2, 1792, 1 Stat. 246.
b. United States half dollars, quarter dollars, and dimes, denominated as half dollars, quarter dollars, or dimes, whenever minted, that were or are required by the statutes authorizing their coinage to contain fine silver in amounts proportionate to the constitutional silver dollar of 371.25 grains (troy) of fine silver per dollar.
c. United States American eagle or liberty coins minted pursuant to the Liberty Coin Act of July 9, 1985, Public Law 99-61, 99 Stat. 113, 115.
d. Canadian maple leaf.
(3) Stamped silver and gold bullion in bars and rounds from providers that correspond with a certified list compiled by the State Treasurer and approved or amended by the General Assembly.
(4) Any combination of gold and silver coin or of gold coin alone or of silver coin alone, as the context may require, indicate, or allow.
(b) The State Treasurer will provide for bullion providers to register products as specie as provided by subdivision (a)(3) of this section.
SECTION 5. Exchange with federal money. -
(a) Exchanging State money for federal money. -
(1) State money may be exchanged to the State treasury for federal money at the defined exchange rate.
(2) State money may be exchanged for federal money by a private enterprise that will provide the service at the exchange rate agreed upon by both parties of the exchange with the following provisions:
a. Assessing of handling fees is allowed for private exchanges.
b. The State treasury may assess handling fees at the exchange equal to the operational costs of the exchange.
(b) Exchanging federal money for State money. -
(1) The State treasury will, to its best ability and supply, exchange State money for federal money at the defined exchange rate.
(2) Federal money may be exchanged for State money to a private enterprise that will provide the service at the exchange rate agreed upon by both parties of the exchange.
(c) Vendor Exchanges. - Federal money may be rendered at both parties' agreed upon exchange rate in change for purchases made in State money by sellers if agreed to by both the buyer and the seller.
(d) Vendor Acceptance. -
(1) This act shall not compel any seller to accept registered specie or State money, except as agreed to beforehand by contract.
(2) Vendors may elect to accept only registered specie in lieu of State money or federal money.
SECTION 6. Exchange rate is the Current Median of 168- by 24-hour Moving Average Spot Price.
SECTION 7. This act is effective when it becomes law.