NEW LONDON, Conn. (AP) _ U.S. Rep. Joe Courtney hopes a new commemorative coin will help raise money for the planned National Coast Guard Museum in New London.

The Democratic congressman is proposing legislation that would require the U.S. Mint to create a commemorative coin that honors the history and heritage of the Coast Guard. The coin would be minted in 2017 and the proceeds would benefit the museum.

Courtney has scheduled a news conference on Friday at Fort Trumbull Pier in New London to discuss his bill. That is where the U.S. Coast Guard Barque Eagle will be moored.

Courtney said he’s already received support from Democratic and Republican colleagues, local and Coast Guard officials, the Navy League of the U.S. and the Fleet Reserve Association.

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