Breast Cancer Awareness Coin and Stamp Set Availability

by Mike Unser on October 1, 2018 · 6 comments

At noon ET today, Oct. 1, the United States Mint will begin sales of the 2018 Breast Cancer Awareness Coin and Stamp Set.

2018-S 50c Proof Breast Cancer Awareness Coin and Breast Cancer Research Forever Stamp

A CoinNews photo of a 2018-S 50c Proof Breast Cancer Awareness Commemorative Coin and a 2014 Breast Cancer Research Forever® Stamp. The pair of collectibles are included in a new set sold by the United States Mint.

Priced at $39.95, the 25,000 limited-edition set contains one 2018-S 50c Proof Breast Cancer Awareness Coin from the U.S. Mint and one 2014 Breast Cancer Research Forever® Stamp from the U.S. Postal Service.

The pair of commemoratives will look familiar to many because each of them are also available separately.

The stamp is sold by the USPS for a small surcharge above the cost of first-class postage. Originally issued in 1998 and reissued in 2014, the stamp has already raised more than $86 million for breast cancer research. Designed by Ethel Kessler, it features an illustration of a mythical "goddess of the hunt" by Whitney Sherman that includes the phrases "FUND THE FIGHT" and "FIND A CURE."

Breast Cancer Research Forever Stamp

A CoinNews photo of a USPS Breast Cancer Research Forever® stamp

Authorized under Public Law 114-148 in recognition of America’s fight against breast cancer, the proof half-dollar is one of the U.S. Mint’s six Breast Cancer Awareness 2018 Commemorative Coins. It is available by itself for $32.95, which includes a $5 surcharge for the Breast Cancer Research Foundation (www.bcrf.org). Produced at the San Francisco Mint, 16,661 have sold from its March 15 release to Sept. 23. Unlike regular coins that appear in circulation, the half-dollar has a proof finish which features frosted designs against mirror-like backgrounds.

2018-S 50c Proof Breast Cancer Awareness Commemorative Coin - Obverse

A CoinNews photo of the obverse or heads side of a 2018-S 50c Proof Breast Cancer Awareness Commemorative Coin

Designed by Emily Damstra, the coin’s obverse (heads) depicts a butterfly and 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. Inscriptions read: "LIBERTY," "2018," and "IN GOD WE TRUST."

2018-S 50c Proof Breast Cancer Awareness Commemorative Coin - Reverse

A CoinNews photo of the reverse or tails side of a 2018-S 50c Proof Breast Cancer Awareness Commemorative Coin

Damstra’s reverse design shows a Tiger Swallowtail butterfly in flight, a symbol of hope. Inscriptions include around the reverse read: "UNITED STATES OF AMERICA," "HALF DOLLAR," "E PLURIBUS UNUM," and "BREAST CANCER AWARENESS."

Ordering

Order the set on release from the U.S. Mint’s online store for commemorative products, or by calling 1-800-USA-MINT (872-6468. Orders are limited to one set per household.

U.S. Mint Image - Breast Cancer Awareness Commemorative Coin and Stamp Set

U.S. Mint image of its Breast Cancer Awareness Commemorative Coin and Stamp Set

The encapsulated coin and stamp are mounted on an attractive folder with important facts about breast cancer. The folder is housed in a sleeve with the Certificate of Authenticity printed on the back.

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I picked up my one set. Nice limited-edition (Do I sound like Mike Mezack) set and I receive free budget shipping. At 12:10PM EST they are still available.

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Chris, How do you get the free budget shipping from the mint?
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Steve, after I purchased the Palladium coin, the Mint sent me an email indicating that I will be receiving Free Budget Shipping for the remainder of the year. I think it’s based on the number of purchases.

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Chris, I also bought the Palladium Eagle but I don’t remember getting an email from the Mint about free shipping. I’ll look into it. Thanks for all the help.

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Christopher Williams

Steve, I believe you have to make three purchases throughout a calendar year to get FREE shipping for the remainder of the year.

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Seth Riesling

Mike Unser & readers – FYI.
First day sales of this set were horribly low at 1,760 of the 25,000 sets mintage limit. Sad!

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