Just got the latest mailer from the US Mint. March 15, 2018, introduces the next Commemorative from the US Mint. This time, they will be commemorating breast cancer awareness. Like previous commemoratives, they are minting an uncirculated and proof clad half dollar, silver dollar, and gold $5 coins, but this time, they will be doing something a little different. More on that later.
Why Release These Coins in March?
After all, the actual National Cancer Awareness Month is October. My guess is because March is Women’s History Month. In October, to officially commemorate Breast Cancer Awareness Month, the Mint plans to release up to 25,000 coin and stamp sets that will include a Proof Half Dollar and a stamp from the US Postal Service.
The purpose of minting these coins is to help further Breast Cancer research. I can’t think of a better purpose than that. I found this video in YouTube that introduced the idea of these coins.
As you saw in the video, back in 2016, the US Mint held a contest to design these coins. The winner of the contest was Emily Damstra, who is the Mint’s Artistic Infusion Program Designer. She would design both the obverse and reverse of the coins. According to the US Mint’s website, “Damstra’s obverse design features two women. The older woman has her hands on her chest and a relieved expression on her face. The younger woman, with a scarf on her head, holds one hand over her chest and the other raised in a fist as if she is ready to fight. A butterfly flies above the two women…Damstra’s reverse design features a Tiger Swallowtail butterfly in flight, a symbol of hope.” All three denominations will have the same obverse and reverse designs.
Basic Information About the Coins
- Half Dollar
- Minted at Denver (Uncirculated) and Philadelphia (Proof)
- Composition: 8.33% Nickel, 91.67% Copper
- Expected Mintage: 750,000
- Minted at Philadelphia (Uncirculated) and San Francisco (Proof)
- Composition: 90% Silver, 10% Copper
- Expected Mintage: 400.000
- 5 Dollars
- Minted at West Point (Uncirculated and Proof)
- Composition: 85% Gold, 14.8% Copper, 0.2% Zinc
- Expected Mintage: 50,000
For the Gold Coin, the US Mint Decided to Do Something Special
For the first time in over 100 years of US Commemoratives, the US Mint will mint the $5 gold coins
with a pink hue, just like the pink ribbon that symbolizes Breast Cancer Awareness. I think the mint should do more different things like this. I like the 2014 Baseball Hall of Fame because they made it concave to look like the side of a baseball, and I think the pink hue was a great idea for this coin.
As a collector, I probably wouldn’t consider purchasing the Clad Half Dollar or Silver Dollar, except to help with research, but the gold coin is a different story. This may be the only time we see a pink hue gold coin from the US Mint. For that reason, and to help with cancer research of course, it may be worth considering. Would you consider purchasing any of the Breast Cancer Awareness Commemoratives?