The U.S. Mint is joining the fight against breast cancer. On Monday, they released the designs for a new $5 pink-tinted coin, and a portion of the proceeds will go toward breast cancer research.
The winning design was created by Emily Damstra, a member of the United States Mint’s Artistic Infusion Program. On one side, the coin shows two women. The older woman has her hands on her chest and a “relieved expression” on her face, according to a release. The younger woman is wearing a headscarf and has her fist raised as if ready to fight. On the other side of the coin, a Tiger Swallowtail butterfly spreads its wings, a “symbol of hope.”
The design will be featured on three different coins, including a $5 pink-hued gold coin, a $1 silver coin, and a half-dollar clad coin. Surcharges collected from the coin sales will go toward the Breast Cancer Research Foundation, a non-profit based in New York City created by breast cancer survivor Evelyn Lauder.
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The news of the awareness-raising coins comes as scientists made a major breakthrough in determining the genetic causes of breast cancer. According to CNN, researchers from 300 different worldwide institutions discovered 72 previously unknown gene mutations that can lead to the development of breast cancer.
These new discoveries bring the number of known gene variants associated with breast cancer up to nearly 180. The findings could help scientists and doctors better assess breast cancer risk in women, leading to earlier screenings and detection as well as a higher breast cancer survival rate.