The winning designs from a public design competition for the
three-coin Breast Cancer Awareness commemorative coin program that
will include the first U.S. coin struck in pink gold are to be
released Oct. 23 by the U.S. Mint.
Full details on the unveiling ceremony have not been announced.
Release of the designs was originally scheduled for June, but was
moved to October to coincide with Breast Cancer Awareness Month.
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Public Law 114-148 authorizes the production and
release, in Proof and Uncirculated versions combined, of up to 50,000
gold $5 coins, 400,000 silver dollars and 750,000 copper-nickel clad
half dollars. The gold coin is legislated to contain not less than 75
percent gold and the silver dollar not less than 90 percent silver.
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Surcharges of $35, $10 and $5 are to be incorporated, respectively,
into each gold, silver and copper-nickel clad coin’s purchase price.
The net surcharges, after the U.S. Mint recoups all of its
production and associated costs, are to be paid “to the Breast Cancer Research
Foundation, New York, New York, for the purpose of furthering
breast cancer research funded by the Foundation,” according to the
The coin design competition was juried by a
seven-member panel comprising three members each from the Commission of Fine
Arts and Citizens
Coinage Advisory Committee, with the Treasury secretary or his
designated substitute as chairperson.