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NGC Announces Special Designations & Labels for The Christa McAuliffe Commemorative

NGC has issued a Press Release announcing the availability of special designations and labels for the 2021 Christa McAuliffe Commemorative Silver Dollar. The coin, which is available for pre-order from the United States Mint, will begin shipping on March 17, 2021. The Christa McAuliffe Commemorative is available in Proof and Uncirculated finishes from the United States Mint.

On January 28, 2021, the US Mint is releasing two silver dollars as a tribute to Christa McAuliffe, the dedicated teacher who tragically lost her life in the Challenger tragedy 35 years ago. Numismatic Guaranty Corporation® (NGC®) is honoring the release of the 2021-P Christa McAuliffe Uncirculated Silver Dollar and the 2021-P Christa McAuliffe Proof Silver Dollar by offering the NGC Astronaut Scholarship Foundation (ASF) special label to all submitters.

Coins received by NGC within the first 30 days of their release are also eligible for NGC’s popular Early Releases and First Releases designations and labels.

2021 Christa McAuliffe Commemorative Early Release Label (Image Courtesy of NGC)

The coins’ obverse design features a sensitive and highly detailed portrait of Christa McAuliffe, while the reverse shows McAuliffe pointing upward toward the sky as three students follow her instruction. The inscription above says, “I TOUCH THE FUTURE. I TEACH.”

All Christa McAuliffe coins submitted will be certified with the NGC ASF special label for an additional $5 fee. Each year, the ASF awards scholarships to college students in science, technology, engineering and mathematics. A royalty will be paid to the ASF by NGC for each label used.

Submission Instructions

The following designations are available for these coins (if applicable):

Designation optionsFeeDirections
Early Releases+$12On the US submission form, select Early Releases under Box 7. See cut-off dates here.
First Releases+$12On the US submission form, select First Releases under Box 7. See cut-off dates here.
(No Releases designation) By default

The following labels are available for these coins:

Label optionsFeeDirections

ASF – Astronaut #1128
+$5By default (for a $5 fee). (Enter ASF – Astronaut #1128 on your submission form. Early Releases and First Releases designations are available with this label for an additional $12 fee, if applicable.) 

Early Releases #378
Included with fee for Early Releases designation (+$12)Select Early Releases and enter Early Releases #378 on your submission form. Otherwise, ASF – Astronaut #1128 will be used (+$5).

First Releases #379
Included with fee for First Releases designation (+$12)Select First Releases and enter First Releases #379 on your submission form. Otherwise, ASF – Astronaut #1128 will be used (+$5).

Standard Brown #377
FreeBy request. (Enter Standard Brown Label #377 on your submission form.)

Questions? Contact NGC Customer Service at or 1-800-NGC-COIN (1-800-642-2646).

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Bulk Submissions

NGC’s First Day of Issue designation and labels are available for select bulk submissions only. To qualify for First Day of Issue, coins must be purchased within one day of the first day that a mint makes a new coin issue available for sale and must be received by NGC or an NGC-approved depository within one week of the release date. NGC will require that the submitter provide adequate evidence (including purchase receipts) to demonstrate the date when the coins were purchased.

For bulk submissions, contact Scott Heller at or 941-360-3990 or Miles Standish at or 949-922-0515.

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