WASHINGTON DC – United States Mint will begin pre-orders of a 2021 Christa McAuliffe Silver Dollar today at noon.
McAuliffe, a high school social studies teacher, was the first participant in the National Aeronautics and Space Administration’s Teacher in Space program. She and six astronauts tragically lost their lives in the Space Shuttle Challenger flight on January 28, 1986.
The designs will be featured on a silver coin.
Christa Corrigan McAuliffe grew up in Framingham, was a Framingham a Girl Scout, and graduated from Marian High School.
She graduated from Framingham State.
In Framingham there is a Christa McAuliffe Charter School, Christa McAuliffe library branch, and the Christa McAuliffe Center at Framingham State University.
The U,S. Maint’s director said “This silver dollar will celebrate the life and legacy of a true pioneer, a passionate educator, and an inspiration to millions. We hope this coin will honor Christa McAuliffe’s memory, and we are proud to assist in the continued legacy of her mission to inspire young people to become science and technology leaders.”
United States Mint Artistic Infusion Program (AIP) Designer Laurie J. Musser created the design, which was sculpted by United States Mint Medallic Artist Phebe Hemphill.