Breast Cancer Awareness Commemorative Coins for 2018

by Rhonda Kay on April 29, 2016 · 5 comments

Breast Cancer Awareness symbolIn 2018, the United States Mint will produce and sell commemorative coins in recognition of the fight against breast cancer.

Congress passed bipartisan legislation for the coins, which includes one in pink gold, and President Obama signed it into law on Friday, April 29.

Titled the Breast Cancer Awareness Commemorative Coin Act, H.R. 2722, the bill authorizes commemoratives 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.

Coin designs will be emblematic of the fight against breast cancer, and they will be selected through a public competition process.

Of particular interest to coin collectors and cancer activist groups, the bill includes language for $5 gold coins in "pink gold" with at least a 75% gold composition. That’s a significant change from the specifications of standard U.S. commemorative gold coins, because they are produced in 90% gold and 10% alloy.

18-karat pink gold is most often seen in specialized jewelry. The typical color is the result of a mixture of 75% gold, 20% copper and 5% silver. Different copper levels change color intensities. For example, a stronger red color, or 18K rose gold, is achieved by increasing the copper content to 22.25% and reducing the silver content to 2.75%. Just this month and as shown in the short video below, the Royal Canadian Mint introduced its 2016 $3 Queen Elizabeth Rose silver dollar with rose gold plating.

 

The RCM also issued Farewell to the Penny Silver Commemorative Coins with pink gold plating in 2012 and 25-cent Breast Cancer circulation coins in 2006 with a pink ribbon treatment.

Canadian pick gold plated 2012 silver coin and pink ribbon 2006 25c Breast Cancer coin

The Royal Canadian Mint used pink gold plating on its 2012 Farewell to the Penny Silver Commemorative Coin and also used a pink ribbon treatment on its 2006 25-cent Breast Cancer circulation coin.

For the United States Mint, coins in pink gold will mark their first.

As an added attraction, H.R. 2722 states that the 2018 Breast Cancer silver dollars shall "contain not less than 90 percent silver." This language is significant because it gives the U.S. Mint leeway to strike them in higher fineness such as .999 silver. For past commemorative silver dollars, the U.S. Mint was specifically instructed to use an exact mix of 90% silver and 10% copper.

Rep. Carolyn B. Maloney (D-NY) introduced H.R. 2722 on June 10, 2015.

"It is estimated that over 231,000 new cases of breast cancer will occur in the U.S. in 2015, and tragically 40,000 women will die from it," said Congresswoman Maloney. "Breast cancer is the second leading cause of cancer death in women, and the only way for us to eradicate it is through research to find a cure and increased awareness and screenings."

The House passed the bill on July 15, 2015 and the Senate approved it on April 19, 2016.

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

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Seth Riesling April 29, 2016 at 6:43 pm

Rhonda (Kay) Unser –

Thanks for the update on a great commemorative coin program! The South Dakota Black Hills rose gold often associated with jewelry will make a beautiful color for the $5 gold coin. And the surcharges will go to a great, important cause. Early detection & research is the key to defeating this type of cancer. Thanks for providing a link to the Breast Cancer Research Foundation. A great resource for all. I look forward to supporting this coin program.

-NumisDudeTX

jim April 30, 2016 at 9:13 am

It’s too bad they couldn’t have been a little more adventuresome and given the mint the challenge of putting rose gold plating on the silver dollar similar to that shown in the Canadian $3 coin above. I know it’s copying the Canadian mint (even if they patented it – pay the royalty) but I think that would have been a really striking, unusual, and attractive coin and an ultra fast sellout on issue day.

mikec May 10, 2016 at 11:49 pm

Is this needed? Is our gov’t now going to use our coinage to “advertise” causes?

Why breast cancer when heart disease and lung cancer are the leading cause of death for women? Why breast cancer when the leading causes of death from cancer for everyone includes lung, liver, stomach and colorectal cancer ahead of breast cancer? Why breast cancer when men are more likely to die from any cancer then women – men 1:4 – women 1:5.
http://www.cancer.org/cancer/c
http://www.medicalnewstoday.co
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/

These questions are not to diminish the needed research to find a cure but an argument for why is breast cancer so deserving of this kind of attention. Shouldn’t the effort be to eradicate all cancer just a President Nixon declared.

Lisa July 4, 2016 at 3:07 pm

I just heard of this and agree with the other poster. Why just breast cancer. I am sorry for those that are stuck down by it and it needs research but so does a lot of other diaseses. My husband died firm lung cancer never smoked worked with jets in the Air Force. Why isn’t there a coin for each cancer awareness group not to meantion other diaseses as well. Will not continue to buy coins from the mint.

jim July 5, 2016 at 3:36 pm

Don’t blame the mint for something that’s totally out of it’s control. It’s Congress telling the mint to make the coins and nobody else.

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