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US Commemorative Coin Programs for 2021
« on: March 20, 2021, 11:40:17 AM »
Commemorative coin programs are created by an act of Congress. The purpose is to honor a person, place, or special event. Surcharges for each coin help fund a variety of organizations and projects that directly benefit that which is being honored. Though these coins are legal tender, they're not circulating issues.

In 2021 Congress choose two receipients, the first to honor Christa McAuliffe, a teacher and first civilian selected by NASA for their "teacher in Space" program. Tragically, she died along with her six fellow astronauts on January 28, 1986 when the Space Shuttle Challenger exploded shortly after launch.

A surcharge of $10 per coin is to be paid to the FIRST robotics program to mentor programs for young people in the fields of science, technology, engineering, and mathematics.

The silver dollar obverse was a creation of designer Laura Musser and sculptor Phebe Hemphill. The reverse is by Joseph Menna and Emily Damstra. All coins were struck in Philadelphia.

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Re: US Commemorative Coin Programs for 2021
« Reply #1 on: March 20, 2021, 11:57:54 AM »
The mint's description of the obverse and reverse designs.

"The obverse depicts a portrait of Christa McAuliffe with a hopeful gaze."

"The reverse design depicts McAuliffe as a teacher,smiling as she points forward and upward, symbolizing the future. Three high school-age students look on with wonder. The seven stars pay tribute to those who perished in the Challenger tradgedy".

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Re: US Commemorative Coin Programs for 2021
« Reply #2 on: March 20, 2021, 08:08:47 PM »
The second commemorative coin program offered by the US Mint in 2021 honors and benefits the National Law Enforcement Memorial and Museum. It commemorates the service and sacrifice of law enforcement officers, not only serving today, but during the entire history of the country as well. The memoial in Washington, DC. has inscribed on the monument the names of over 22,000 law enforcement officers who have sacrificed their lives in the line of duty.

This is a three coin set and includes a clad half dollar, silver dollar, and a $5 gold piece. Surcharges on each coin are given to the National Law Enforcement Officers Fund for outreach programs and exhibits.

The mintage limit of the clad half dollar is 750,000 examples. The obverse and reverse are described as follows.

"The onverse depicts a sheriff's star, representing the community served by law enforcement officers and the important role they play."

"The reverse depicts an eye in a magnifying glass looking at a fingerprint, portraying the human side of justice, a remimder that law enforcement is not only officers on the street but many others behind the scenes. It also features the emblem of the National Law Enforcement Museum."

The designer of the obverse is Ronald D. Sanders and the sculptur is John P. McGraw. The reverse is by Renata Gordon and Heidi Wastweet. All were struck at Denver and San Francisco.

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Re: US Commemorative Coin Programs for 2021
« Reply #3 on: March 20, 2021, 08:18:45 PM »
The mintage of the silver dollar commemorative is 400,000. All were struck at the US Mint in Philadelphia.

The obverse and reverse are described as follows.

"The obverse depicts a police officer kneeling next to a child, who is reading a book and sitting on a basketball, smbolizing service to the community and future generations."

"The reverse depicts a handshake between a law enforcement officer and a member of the public, representing the work law enforcement officers do within their communities to increase safety through trusting relationships."

The sculptor of the obverse was Phebe Henphill from a design by Frank Morris. The reverse designer and sculptor were Ronald D. Sanders and John P. McGraw respectively.

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Re: US Commemorative Coin Programs for 2021
« Reply #4 on: March 20, 2021, 08:28:17 PM »
The third coin in the set is a 5-dollar gold piece with a mintage of 50,000 authorized. As with all US gold issues, this was struck at the West Point Mint. The composition is 90% gold, 6% silver, and 4% copper.

The description of the obverse and reverse is as follows.

"The obverse design depicts male and female officers in profile saluting."

"The reverse design depicts a folded flag with three roses beneath symbolizing rememberance."

Obverse designer: Frank Morris / Sculptor: Phebe Hemphill.
Reverse designer: Ronald D. Sanders / Sculptor: Craig Campbell.

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Re: US Commemorative Coin Programs for 2021
« Reply #5 on: March 20, 2021, 08:57:37 PM »
on January 28, 1986 when the Space Shuttle Challenger exploded shortly after launch.

Off topic:
A pet peeve of mine.
The Space Shuttle Challenger actually did not explode. The Shuttle broke apart because of aerodynamic forces for which it was not constructed. These forces were caused by the explosion of the huge fuel tank to which the Shuttle was attached. The tank's explosion destroyed the whole areodynamic construction of the Space Shuttle System consisting of Space Shuttle, the huge fuel tank and the two solid rocket boosters during the launch. But the explosion did not destroy the actual shuttle.
By the way, it was the first female US astronaut, Sally Ride, who tipped off Richard Feynman about the problem with the O-rings.