50 Cents, Breast Cancer Awareness, United States, 2018


General Information: Commemorative coin made by the US Mint for Breast Cancer Awareness.

This commemorative coin was minted by the United States Mint for a fundraising program for the Breast Cancer Research Foundation (BCRF). The special program was created by the Breast Cancer Awareness Commemorative Coin Act passed by the United States Congress and signed into law in 2016. Representative Carolyn Maloney (D-NY), a longtime advocate of funding for research on breast cancer, introduced the legislation in the House of Representatives, while Senator Heidi Heitkamp (D-ND) introduced the bill in the Senate.

The coin was designed by artist Emily Damstra and features a relieved-looking older women, a younger woman with a raised fist signifying her will to fight, and a butterfly as a symbol of hope. Coins went on sale in March 2018 and were sold at a surcharge to support BCRF. The program also included the minting and sale of a pink gold coin ($5) and a silver dollar coin featuring the same design.

Date Made: 2018

Maker: United States Mint

Location: Currently not on view

Place Made: United States: California, San FranciscoAssociated Place: China

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Credit Line: Gift of Breast Cancer Research Foundation

Data Source: National Museum of American History

Id Number: 2018.0224.03Accession Number: 2018.0224Catalog Number: 2018.0224.03

Object Name: coin

Physical Description: nickel; copper (overall material)Measurements: overall: 1 7/32 in; 3.0607 cm

Guid: http://n2t.net/ark:/65665/ng49ca746b4-5f51-704b-e053-15f76fa0b4fa

Record Id: nmah_1900084

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