2018 $5 Gold Breast Cancer Awareness Commemorative Coin


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2018 $5 Gold Breast Cancer Awareness Commemorative Coin Description:

History of the Coin:

Part of the Breast Cancer Awareness Commemorative Coin Program, the $5 Gold Breast Cancer Awareness Coin is a beautiful and unique piece of American coinage. Not only can this coin add depth and variety to precious metals holdings, proceeds from its sales support initiatives led by the Breast Cancer Research Foundation. The $5 commemorative piece is also the U.S. Mint's first-ever gold coin to boast a "rose" or pink-colored hue.

U.S. Commemorative Coin Programs are established in honor of significant people, places, or events, and proceeds from coin sales help support organizations and projects that benefit the public. The Breast Cancer Awareness Commemorative Coin Program was signed into law on April 29, 2016, as a way of recognizing the impact breast cancer has on thousands of Americans each year. The $5 gold coin is the highest-denomination piece in the program, followed by a $1 silver coin, and half-dollar clad coin.

Artwork for the coins' obverse and reverse was selected through a design competition, to which a select group of artists was invited to submit imagery emblematic of the battle against breast cancer. The winning designs, which are shared amongst all coins in the program, were created by Emily Damstra, an artist in the U.S. Mint Artistic Infusion Program. Damstra is also known for her many design contributions to the Royal Canadian Mint.

Damstra's obverse features a striking image of two left-facing women of different generations standing side by side. The older woman, positioned in the foreground, exudes a strong yet peaceful air with eyes closed and both hands resting against her chest. The younger woman, in contrast, stands as if ready for battle, with raised right hand clasped into a fist, and left arm crossed firmly across her chest. This younger woman dons a headscarf, while the older woman's short locks flow freely. A butterfly soars above both women, while a looped piece of ribbon symbolic of breast cancer awareness is depicted in the left background. The words "LIBERTY" and "IN GOD WE TRUST" line the top and bottom edges of the coin's obverse respectively. Additionally, the coin's issue year of 2018 is inscribed along the obverse's bottom edge, while the artist's initials, "ESD," and the coin's West Point mintmark flank the left and ride sides of the image.

The coin's reverse depicts a large, beautiful in-flight Tiger Swallowtail butterfly, which symbolizes hope. Encircling the butterfly are the words "UNITED STATES OF AMERICA" and "FIVE DOLLARS" to the top, and "E PLURIBUS UNUM" AND "BREAST CANCER AWARENESS" to the bottom. The artist's initials also appear on the reverse of the coin. 

Coin Highlights:

  •  Each coin contains 85% gold that is pink in color.
  • For every coin sold, $35 is donated to the Breast Cancer Research Foundation by the U.S. Mint. U.S. Gold Bureau is also donating a portion of our proceeds to the same organization to help further breast cancer research advances.
  • The obverse depicts a striking and symbolic image of two women, presumably in different stages of their battle against breast cancer.
  • The reverse is beautifully designed with a butterfly image representing hope and soul.
  • Minted at West Point.
  • Backed by the U.S. government, and accompanied by a Certificate of Authenticity

 Why invest in the coin?

At .850 inches in diameter, the $5 Gold Breast Cancer Awareness Commemorative Coin fits in the palm of the hand, allowing for easy transport and storage. The United States Gold Bureau offers clients only the highest-rated quality of the $5 commemorative coin, which is a Proof version with a grade of 70. Out of the maximum 50,000 $5 gold pieces produced, a mere one to two percent will reach Proof 70 status, making these coins highly valuable and excellent additions to investment portfolios of all shapes and sizes. The $5 Gold Breast Cancer Awareness Commemorative Coin is the first-ever rose-colored gold coin issued by the U.S. Mint, further adding to its value and investment quality.


More Information
Product Type Coin
Coin Series Commemoratives
Purity 85%
Mint/Refinery U.S. Mint
Mint Mark W - West Point
Metal Type Gold
Face Value $5
Grade PF70
Coin Type Investment Grade
Modern or Historical Modern
Grade Service NGC
Year 2018
Metal Weight 0.25499 oz