50 Cents, Breast Cancer Awareness, United States, 2018

50 Cents, Breast Cancer Awareness, United States, 2018

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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.
Location
Currently not on view
Object Name
coin
date made
2018
maker
United States Mint
place made
United States: California, San Francisco
Associated Place
China
Physical Description
nickel; copper (overall material)
Measurements
overall: 1 7/32 in; 3.0607 cm
ID Number
2018.0224.03
accession number
2018.0224
catalog number
2018.0224.03
Credit Line
Gift of Breast Cancer Research Foundation
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