2021 Christa McAuliffe Commemorative Silver Dollar Candidate Designs Unveiled

by Mike Unser on June 22, 2020 · 15 comments

The United States Mint unveiled proposed designs for the 2021 Christa McAuliffe Commemorative Silver Dollar. McAuliffe, the first teacher chosen to go into space, was among the seven crew members killed in the Space Shuttle Challenger explosion on Jan. 28, 1986.

Christa McAuliffe Commemorative Silver Dollar Candidate Designs Examples

Example candidate designs for the 2021 Christa McAuliffe Commemorative Silver Dollar

In 2021, the U.S. Mint will strike and sell up 350,000 silver dollars in collector qualities of proof and uncirculated that commemorate McAuliffe.

Twenty-seven candidate designs for the silver dollar have been unveiled — 12 for the obverse (heads side) and 15 for the reverse (tails side). The Commission of Fine Arts (CFA) reviewed these designs on Thursday, June 18. The Citizens Coinage Advisory Committee (CCAC) will offer their recommendations on Tuesday, June 23.

Final designs will selected by the Treasury Secretary after consulting with the family of McAuliffe, the CFA, the CCAC, and the not-for-profit organization called FIRST (For Inspiration and Recognition of Science and Technology). FIRST was founded in 1989 to inspire youth interest and participation in science and technology.

The following U.S. Mint line art images show the candidates.

Obverse Candidates Designs

Proposed obverse designs feature a portrait of McAuliffe.

Obverse 2021 Christa McAuliffe Commemorative Silver Dollar Candidate Designs

Obverse 2021 Christa McAuliffe Commemorative Silver Dollar Candidate Designs

Reverse Candidate Designs

Proposed reverse designs are emblematic of McAuliffe’s legacy as a teacher.

Reverse 2021 Christa McAuliffe Commemorative Silver Dollar Candidate Designs

Reverse 2021 Christa McAuliffe Commemorative Silver Dollar Candidate Designs

CoinNews will follow up later with an article discussing CFA and CCAC design recommendations.

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K ROB

NO!

Chris

What about the other 6?

lonnie

i totally agree with you chris, what about the 6 real astronauts. they all had families and love ones. include all 7 or none. this coin will not sell many, they should be made to order.

Med

I agree. It does seem odd. Are the seven being ranked by importance/status/prestige/influence??????

Michael

I wouldn’t bother making 350,000 of these.

sam tweedy

Mike Mezack will buy most of them,still the “KING” of coin collecting!! UNDERSTAND!!

Seth Riesling

Mike Mezack would continue to sell coins & even add human organs as a new category to his portfolio of offerings (in addition to his HIGHLY overpriced common coins) on HSN if it was legal in the USA!

NumisdudeTX

Mike

A rather pensive pose featured in the singled out design leads to the assumption In God We Trust, but not NASA…..

GMG

Six others died too. Honor all or honor none. They were a crew.

jeremy

The US mint can still do a silver medal of Space Shuttle Challenger crew.
USmint is making the coin,because that is what the law say

GMG

Something in the law stops the other six from appearing?

jeremy

No,but we dont know what design they will pick. The law say . The coin is about Christa McAuliffe.
The us mint can do a medal with the coin that focus on Space Shuttle Challenger crew.

Chas. Barber

IMHO the Shuttle needs to be on the coin, to make it SELL… kids are not going to ask MOM & DAD to buy these, the incident was decades ago, the kids are now parents & grand folks by now….

Chas. Barber

Munchkin will pick a coin that has a Trump Tower in the background or maybe a logo: “Teachers get you to Trump University

GMG

She looks like one of Morgan’s poorer designs for the silver dollar.