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PCGS Offering Special Label Memorializing NASA Challenger Astronaut Christa McAuliffe

Special Astronaut Memorial Foundation label paired with commemorative silver dollar honoring teacher Christa McAuliffe


Professional Coin Grading Service (PCGS) is offering a Special Label emblazoned with the Astronaut Memorial Foundation logo in honor of National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) astronaut Christa McAuliffe, who is featured on a special 2021 United States Mint Commemorative Silver Dollar. McAuliffe, a civilian high school teacher, was among a crew of seven who were killed when Space Shuttle Challenger exploded 73 seconds after launching from Cape Canaveral, Florida, on January 28, 1986.

McAuliffe is seen in three-quarter view on the obverse of the coin, while the reverse of the coin shows a group of high school students looking up at the stars, with McAuliffe depicted as a teacher and pointing upward to the star-filled heavens. The reverse also carries the special inscriptions “I TOUCH THE FUTURE. I TEACH.” These words, hearkening to McAuliffe’s background as a teacher, speak to her dreams of inspiring the young to pursue futures in science and technology.

“PCGS is honored to remember Christa McAuliffe and the crew of the Space Shuttle Challenger through a special collaboration with the Astronaut Memorial Foundation,” says PCGS Director of Marketing Heather Boyd. “May coin collectors, teachers, and all who lay their eyes on this coin reflect upon McAuliffe’s legacy and the potential each one of us has to help lead the next generation to their dreams.”

The PCGS Special Labels bearing the logo representing the Astronaut Memorial Foundation (AMF), an organization partnered with NASA that was founded shortly after the Challenger tragedy. AMF’s mission is to honor the lives of astronauts who sacrificed all in missions to explore space while educating and inspiring others through the Center for Space Education. Approximately 50% of the fees for this PCGS Special Label will be donated to the AMF.

For more information about the limited-edition PCGS Labels for the 2021 Christa McAuliffe Commemorative Silver Dollar, please visit

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Certifying coins since 1986, Professional Coin Grading Service (PCGS) is a division of Collectors Universe, Inc. (NASDAQ: CLCT), a leader in third-party authentication and grading services for high-value collectibles including rare coins, trading cards, tickets, autographs, memorabilia, and stamps.

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