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
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.
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.
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
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.