Next Monday, Oct. 1, the United States Mint will release the 2018 Breast Cancer Awareness Commemorative Coin and Stamp Set.
Priced at $39.95, the 25,000 limited-edition set includes a proof 2018-S 50c Breast Cancer Awareness Commemorative Half Dollar from the U.S. Mint and a Breast Cancer Research stamp from the U.S. Postal Service.
For those wanting to have the pair of collectibles graded for a special "Coin & Stamp Set" pedigree, they can submit their purchased sets to Numismatic Guaranty Corporation® (NGC) and Authenticated Stamp Guaranty™ (ASG).
Released in March alongside companion gold and silver Breast Cancer Awareness coins, the half dollar features themes of hope — two women on the obverse, and a Tiger Swallowtail butterfly on the reverse. A portion of the U.S. Mint sales price for these coins supports breast cancer research.
Similarly, the stamp has raised $88 million since it was first issued in 1998. The first "semipostal" (fundraising) stamp in U.S. history, it features a colorful image of the goddess of the hunt, along with the words "Fund the Fight. Find a Cure."
Founded in 1987, NGC has certified more than 41 million coins, tokens and medals. ASG was established late last year to provide similar certification services for stamps.