Collectors will get the first glimpse of what the three 2018 Breast
Cancer Awareness commemorative coins will look like when approved
designs are unveiled sometime in October.
The unveiling was originally, in 2016, placed on the calendar for
The disclosure will now coincide with Breast Cancer Awareness Month.
The specific date for the unveiling is not yet determined, according
to a spokeswoman for the Breast Cancer Research Foundation. The
foundation is the beneficiary of the net surcharges from the sales of
the commemorative coins, as designated in the enabling legislation.
How can collectors determine a coin’s value when
price guides assign it different values?
Also in this week’s print issue, we learn of the first report of a
2017 doubled die variety, found on a Lincoln cent.
The foundation, according to a spokeswoman on Aug. 30, is still
coordinating details for the unveiling with the U.S. Mint.
The designs for the nation’s first coin struck in pink gold, which
is the program’s $5 half eagle, plus a silver dollar and a
copper-nickel clad half dollar, were generated in an open design
competition conducted in 2016. The designs from the competition were
to be scrutinized by a seven-member panel comprised of three members
each from the Commission
of Fine Arts, Citizens Coinage Advisory Committee, and the
Treasury secretary or his designate.
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The “pink gold” requirement is an homage to the Breast Cancer
Awareness Movement’s reliance on the color pink to spread its message.
In the jewelry industry, red, rose and pink gold are differentiated by
the percentages of copper each contains; pink gold contains the least
copper, but more silver. Each has a minimum gold content of 75 percent.
The breakdown of metal content for each hue is as follows:
➤ 18-karat red gold — 75 percent gold, 25 percent copper.
➤ 18-karat rose gold — 75 percent gold, 22.25 percent copper, 2.75
➤ 18-karat pink gold — 75 percent gold, 20 percent copper, 5 percent silver.
The enabling legislation, Public Law 114–148, calls for the production and
release of up to 50,000 pink gold $5 coins containing not less than 75
percent gold, 400,000 silver dollars, and 750,000 copper-nickel clad
half dollars, each total being the combined Proof and Uncirculated
mintage of the coins.
The purchase price will include a surcharge of $35 for each $5 coin,
$10 for each dollar and $5 for each half dollar. Net surcharges, after
the U.S. Mint has recouped all of its production and associated costs,
are to be paid to the Breast Cancer Research Foundation.