PCGS Supports Breast Cancer Research Foundation

by CoinNews.net on March 12, 2018 · 24 comments

Professional Coin Grading Service (www.PCGS.com) is making a donation on behalf of coin collectors and dealers to the Breast Cancer Research Foundation (www.BCRF.org).

PCGS-graded 2018 $5 Breast Cancer Pink Gold Coin

An example of a PCGS-graded 2018 Breast Cancer Research Foundation Pink Gold Five-Dollar coin in a special PCGS BCRF label with pink gasket. The pictured label also demonstrates PCGS First Strike™ and PCGS Gold Shield®.

PCGS created a special program it calls "Submissions for a Cure" that offers special pink labels, and pink gaskets created specifically for the U.S. Mint’s Breast Cancer Awareness Coin Program.

The U.S. Mint will release a $5 pink gold coin, a $1 silver coin and a copper-nickel half dollar coin, each in both proof and uncirculated finishes, on March 15, 2018. A portion of each purchase is donated automatically to the BCRF.

PCGS is helping collectors get more involved through its "Submissions for a Cure" program. Collectors who get their BCA program coins graded by PCGS can opt for a special label and pink coin gasket made specifically for the U.S. Mint’s coin program in partnership with BCRF. PCGS is donating 50% of all label and gasket sales to BCRF. This means that the more coins collectors and dealers submit, the more they help raise money for education and research through BCRF. PCGS Collectors Club Members and PCGS Authorized Dealers can submit more coins to give BCRF a better chance to improve outcomes and save lives.

The label’s obverse shows the Breast Cancer Research Foundation logo and pink ribbon. PCGS Collectors Club Members and PCGS Authorized Dealers will get a pink-colored gasket for the first time. Colored gaskets have been available before, but only to bulk submission dealers programs.

PCGS-graded 2018 Breast Cancer Silver Dollar

An example of a PCGS-graded 2018 Breast Cancer Research Foundation Silver Dollar coin in a special PCGS BCRF label with pink gasket. The pictured label also demonstrates PCGS First Strike™ and PCGS Gold Shield®.

The label’s reverse shows the year, mint mark, denomination, certification details and grade on a pink field. All coins can be graded with the PCGS First Strike™ if they are eligible to receive the PCGS First Strike label.

Information about submission guidelines and fees for the special labels can be found online at www.pcgs.com/labels, and submission information and guidelines for First Strike designation labels is at www.pcgs.com/firststrike.

All coins are also eligible for PCGS Gold Shield®. Information about submission information and guidelines for PCGS Gold Shield protection is at www.pcgs.com/goldshield.

"I’m really excited about this program. These special BCRF labels for the 2018 Breast Cancer Awareness Coin Program are a great opportunity for PCGS to work with collectors and dealers to make a positive difference in the world," said Mark Stephenson, Vice President of PCGS. "We’re so excited to be working with the Breast Cancer Research Foundation, and we’re hoping this is just the beginning."

Since its founding in 1986, PCGS experts have certified over 38 million coins with a total market value of over $33 billion. For information about PCGS products and services, including how to submit your coins for authentication and grading, visit www.PCGS.com or call PCGS Customer Service at (800) 447-8848.

PCGS is a division of Collectors Universe (NASDAQ: CLCT).

{ 24 comments… read them below or add one }

Seth Riesling March 12, 2018 at 10:01 am

So PCGS is only donating 50% of the extra fees YOU pay for the special label & special pink gasket. How magnanimous! But, of course it’s a great cause & I will support it since I prefer PCGS over NGC. I just think as a multi-million $ Corp., they could write a big-time check to the BCRF (not just a small token amount to advertise their products – plus their donations to BCRF are tax-deductible).


Seth Riesling March 12, 2018 at 10:44 am

P.S. –

They just forgot one important thing on the label – that this is a gold (pink/rose) coin!


Old Collector March 12, 2018 at 11:15 am

Seth Riesling,

I have a couple of thoughts to offer about all this:

Congress hijacked this campaign from the Susan G. Komen Foundation as a way of punishing it for its ties to Planned Parenthood, an organization which conservative zealots on Capitol Hill believe exists solely as a women’s rights group rather than being a reproductive health provider.

The best way to support any charity is by making direct donations, not counting on a third party to distribute the money; in this case that’s even more relevant as the Mint may have a problem trying to sell enough coins to reach the mandated minimum for making a charitable contribution.

Old Collector

Joe #2 March 12, 2018 at 11:17 am

85 percent gold? They can keep it. For that price I want .9999. A gigantic pass for me. Looks like a token at Coney Island amusement park.

Seth Riesling March 12, 2018 at 12:30 pm

Old Collector –

The SGK Foundation is probably better known nationwide than the BCRF for sure. But, of course, both are worthy of donations. And I have always felt that Planned Parenthood offers much-needed health services to those in need & saves lives too in many different ways. I prefer to donate directly to the American Red Cross since they seem to be everywhere when needed for practically any disaster/problem (& get there before our government agencies do!).
I really hope all the U.S. Mint surcharges for this commemorative coin program make it to the charity.

Happy collecting!


Joe Brown March 12, 2018 at 1:55 pm

G! WIZ!! I* wonder how these big time label*company,s made all there multi*millions of dollars! I* thought we the people have to buy these labels, for them to be a multi*million-dollar corp, now they want to *profit from cancer,; with a 50% kickback donation of your money! Would you all* think* the big time label*company,s could swing the whole 100% of your money & they would all be better for it, & *write*off* their loss* for the better* of the cause* of cancer! Are they really that greedy, they wont go broke, all the *head*horn*joe*s, can keep those condo,s keep for their secret sweaty*s, and the stocks will be fine, maybe they might have to do with out for a day or two, but it*s all for cancer* and those who suffer* to stay*alive and feel good again & *1*Day* find a *Cure*! I* will give my* widows*mite* directly.

Old Collector March 12, 2018 at 2:16 pm

Joe #2,

Bingo, you hit THAT nail right on the head. While the pink coin concept is no doubt an interesting one, the lowered gold content of this coin should have resulted in a correspondingly smaller price. It is far past time for the U.S. Mint to get a grip and realize that now, when its annual sales volume of collectible coins is clearly plunging, is not a good time to raise prices that it instead should be cutting. This kind of shortsighted and more than slightly insulting practice of constantly hiking prices does not bode well for the future of the Mint.

Old Collector

a Bob March 12, 2018 at 2:16 pm

I think the pink insert will make the pink gold coin appear less pink.

Old Collector March 12, 2018 at 2:24 pm

Seth Riesling,

We are clearly on the same page here in more ways than one.

I think you’re right that either organization is worthy of the donation; it just bothers me that an extraneous political agenda was allowed to influence who would be the recipient of the proceeds.

The exceedingly large mintage numbers for both denominations do not augur well for a favorable outcome in the donation to charity department, but I guess we’ll just have to wait and see how this plays out.

Old Collector

Old Collector March 12, 2018 at 2:47 pm

Joe Brown,

According to Gordon Gekko “Greed is good”, and it would most likely be terribly imprudent to take issue with such an incredibly sage proclamation. After all, what better basic awareness exists as the best way for us to maintain our unbroken record of success at staving off the ultimately dire economic perils and pitfalls of expansionist godless communism? 🙂

Old Collector & BS Detector

Dan March 12, 2018 at 2:58 pm

I, for one, am glad I can purchase a coin without any of my money going to subsidize the dismemberment and shredding of babies in the womb under the guise of “women’s health”. A barbaric practice that many in this country still unfortunately tolerate and attempt to rationalize

Old Collector March 12, 2018 at 3:03 pm

a Bob,

Not only that, it also detracts in almost every other way from the innate attractivity the coin is intended to possess. It’s a clever gimmick that apparently benefits PCGS more than anyone else; come to think of it, this is something I might have expected as more of an NGC-style “trick”. Oh well.

Old Collector & Coin Inspector

Chas Barber March 12, 2018 at 5:32 pm

Personally, I have always been into breast research……

Mouse March 12, 2018 at 8:06 pm

Every time I look at this coin and its color, it reminds me of something my Royal Canadian Mint would release – with the exception of the new pink labeled holder. If this was released in Canada – it would sell like crazy – high premium or not.

New – modern coins – are a hard sell in the American Market. I am very interested to see the initial sales stats of the coins and would love to know what countries purchase them.


Joe Brown March 12, 2018 at 8:47 pm

*Chase Barber – *-I*M! with ya *Bother*! I* like to sea them stay that way,; all of them! They All! Are lovely for all to enjoy*.peace*smile*for every *1*+*.

Joe Brown March 12, 2018 at 8:55 pm

honestly*! + no, disrespect to know *1*.

Old Collector March 12, 2018 at 9:45 pm

Chas Barber,

Now if you could just get a grant to pursue that full time….

Old Collector

Old Collector March 12, 2018 at 9:48 pm

Joe Brown & Chas Barber,

Well, guys, I guess we’ve just reaffirmed our membership in the largest club on earth!

Old Collector

Joe Brown March 12, 2018 at 10:38 pm


Old Collector March 13, 2018 at 12:04 am

Joe Brown 🙂

Chas Barber 🙂

Old Collector 🙂

Chas Barber March 13, 2018 at 2:07 pm

Ya’ll got it guys! … I’ve been doing my research for years, can’t get a handle on stopping yet (yuck, yuck… ) Not to disregard the charity, but the coin community needs some laughs & new blood…….not sure if the coin will have legs in the market place…

Old Collector March 13, 2018 at 9:00 pm

Chas Barber,

Always good to see that yet another coin collector, especially one of our staunch regulars, realizes that life is indeed not single-dimensional and understands that whatever the principal thrust of the forum a perhaps more than just occasional injection of a bit of good old humor never really hurt anybody.

As to the sales prospects of the breast cancer awareness gold flagship coin and the other two coin denominations (with two varieties of each of those), and further taking into account the unusually large production numbers as posted by the Mint, it appears that this entire series will be in for what might be a real uphill struggle to “perform” from the moment of its release this Thursday.

Old Collector

Brad P. March 15, 2018 at 11:59 am

Thanks for the information about how Congress saw to it that Planned Parenthood did not benefit from this. It makes me feel better about my purchase.

Old Collector March 15, 2018 at 8:09 pm

Brad P.

All personal feelings and/or opinions regarding the matter of WHO gets the coin surcharge funds from this issue aside, what I can’t understand is the thinking behind the collosal numbers goal that was put forward as being even remotely possible, workable and/or tenable for this coin release to achieve. O.K, 50,000 over both varieties of the gold $5 piece I can accept as quite reasonable, but come on, 450,000 across the silver dollar platform and 700,000 for the clad half dollars, that’s more than just a little bit beyond a realistic goal, isn’t it? Those are huge numbers, and if the mandatory quotas for fulfilling the minimum number of units sold in each category aren’t met, exactly NOBODY ends up getting any money from the Mint.

Old Collector

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