The U.S. Mint’s 2018 Breast Cancer Awareness Commemorative Coin design competition will begin one week from today, on Monday, August 1. One winning artist will be chosen to provide one obverse and one reverse design to be used on all three of the upcoming Breast Cancer Awareness coins; he or she will also receive $10,000 and see their initials included on the coins.
This program is perhaps best known for its planned inclusion of “pink gold” in the composition of its $5 gold issue, which will mark the first time such color has been employed on a coin struck by the United States Mint. Legislation mandates the release of the three separate issues, the mintage limits of which are set at 50,000 $5 gold coins, 400,000 silver dollars, and 750,000 clad half dollars. Each denomination will be available in both Proof and Uncirculated versions.
Important contest dates are listed below:
- August 1, 2016: United States Mint Launches Public Design Competition for Breast Cancer Awareness Commemorative Coin
- October 17, 2016: Close of public competition (Phase One).
- November 14, 2016: Update on artists invited to participate in Phase Two.
- January 31, 2017: Deadline for Phase Two by which time artists must submit designs and/or plaster models.
- June 2017: Announcement and unveiling of winning design.
The competition is open to all citizens and permanent residents of the United States who are at least 18 years of age. Each applicant must submit three to five design samples via digital or physical portfolio between August 1 and October 17. A group of experts composed of three CCAC members and three CFA members will select 20 artists to move forward with obverse and reverse submissions for the commemoratives. These finalists will be given $1,000 each for labor and materials as they prepare their final submissions, which can take the form of a physical model, a rendering, or both.
More information on the Breast Cancer Awareness Commemorative Coin Design Competition can be found at the Web Site of the U.S. Mint.
Portions of this article first appeared at Mint News Blog.