While the Breast Cancer Awareness Commemorative Coin Act still awaited President Obama’s signature to become law, the U.S. Mint wasted no time in preparing for possible production of what would be the nation’s first “pink” coin — a gold half eagle with a pink hue and a novel composition.
The same legislation, introduced by U.S. Rep. Carolyn Maloney, D-N.Y., would also yield the first commemorative silver dollar whose composition could be other than the traditional .900 fine silver.
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The legislation was sent to the president April 20 after passage by both the House and the Senate. As of April 28, the bill had not been signed into law.
The legislation would authorize a three-coin program for 2018 that includes production of not more than 50,000 $5 half eagles combined in Proof and Uncirculated finishes to “be made of ‘pink gold’ which contains not less than 75 percent gold.”
Recent gold commemorative coins are 90 percent gold, with the balance of the alloy 6 percent silver and 4 percent copper.
The “pink gold” requirement is an homage to the Breast Cancer Awareness Movement’s reliance on the color pink to spread its message.