Breast Cancer Awareness Commemorative Coin Act Poised for Passage

by Mike Unser on April 20, 2016 · 5 comments

Breast Cancer Awareness symbolThe United States Mint will likely strike commemorative coins, including collectible editions in pink gold, with designs emblematic of the fight against breast cancer.

On Tuesday, April 19, the U.S. Senate passed by Unanimous Consent the Breast Cancer Awareness Commemorative Coin Act. The legislation, numbered H.R. 2722, had already won approval in the U.S. House of Representatives back on July 15. The bill will soon make its way to President Obama who is expected to sign it into law.

At that point, the U.S. Mint will begin taking steps to design, produce and then sell 2018-dated Breast Cancer Awareness Commemorative Coins in collector qualities of proof and uncirculated and in quantities of up to 50,000 $5 pink gold coins, 400,000 silver dollars and 750,000 clad half-dollars.

H.R. 2722 calls for a competition process that would select winning designs for the commemoratives. It also states that the $5 coins must be made of “pink gold” which contains not less than 75% gold. Pink gold is most often associated with jewelry, with the typical color created by a mixture of 75% gold, 20% copper and 5% silver. Different copper levels change color intensities.

The dollars would be minted with a purity of not less than 0.900 silver, according to the bill’s language, which means the U.S. Mint would likely produce them in .999 or .9999 fine silver.

Under the terms of H.R. 2722, a surcharge of $35 per gold coin, $10 per silver dollar and $5 per clad half-dollar would be added to each coin sale with collected funds paid to the Breast Cancer Research Foundation (www.bcrfcure.org) for furthering research.

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Joe#2 April 20, 2016 at 1:28 pm

Thank you U S Mint…. Very very important personally to me.

Seth Riesling April 20, 2016 at 3:36 pm

Glad this legislation finally passed after a few tries in previous years. This is a great cause & coin program to support IMHO.
Pink, rose & green gold is most associated with the Black Hills gold jewelry of South Dakota. The Krugerrand gold bullion coins of South Africa going back to the 1960s have more copper in them & therefore look darker than other Mint’s gold bullion coins.
Yesterday, the Royal Canadian Mint issued the new 2016 $3 Queen Elizabeth rose siver coin with rose gold plating on the rose design. The species of the flower was named after Queen Elizabeth soon after she became Queen in 1952.

-NumisDudeTX

Mark Pryor April 21, 2016 at 10:09 am

Its nice to see extra monies from the purchases of coins going to such a worthy cause..thank MP

Betsy Thompson May 16, 2016 at 11:47 am

What about all the other equally deserving cancers ? This is discriminatory and exclusive and an insult to ALL those that suffer from ALL cancers. Stop the “Pinkwashing”!
Favor none-Equality for all.
https://www.change.org/p/president-barack-change-the-commemorative-breast-cancer-coin-to-include-all-cancers?recruiter=7698512&utm_source=share_petition&utm_medium=facebook&utm_campaign=share_for_starters_page&utm_term=des-lg-google-no_msg&recuruit_context=fb_share_mention_control&fb_ref=Default

Melissa Crouse May 19, 2016 at 7:23 pm

Apparently, the only important cancer to rate a commemorative coin is breast cancer, a cancer that has an 85% survival rate. What about all the other cancers, most of which have much lower survival rates? Have you even considered the fact that there are many people suffering from many types of cancer? This is a slap in the face to them.

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