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United States Mint announces designs for the Negro Leagues Baseball Commemorative Coin Program

Washington – The United States Mint (Mint) today announced drafts for the 2022 Negro Leagues Baseball Commemorative Coin Program. The designs are shown on a $ 5 gold coin, a $ 1 silver coin, and a half dollar clad coin as authorized by Public Law 116-209. All designs were created by United States Mint Artistic Infusion Program Designers and sculpted by United States Mint Medallic Artists.

Front of the $ 5 gold coin

Designer: Laurie Musser
Medal artist: Phebe Hemphill
The design on the front (heads) shows a portrait of the founder of the Negro National League, Rube Foster, with his signature. Labels are “NEGRO LEAGUES BASEBALL”, “IN GOD WE TRUST”, “2022” and “LIBERTY”.

$ 5 gold coin back side

Designer: Donna Weaver
Medalist: Eric David Custer
The inverted design (tail) shows the gesture of tilting the cap, an important sign of respect for the players. The labels are “UNITED STATES OF AMERICA”, “THEIR LEGACY PLAYS ON”, “$ 5” and “E PLURIBUS UNUM”.

Front of the 1 dollar silver coin

Designer: Matt Swaim
Medalist: Eric David Custer
The design shows a pitcher in the middle of the throw with the baseball in the foreground and baseball seams as an edge. The inscriptions are “IN GOD WE TRUST”, “2022” and “LIBERTY”.

$ 1 silver coin reverse side

Designer: Don Everhart
Medalist: Craig A. Campbell
The design shows a player’s view of a pitch that is delivered to the catcher on the plate. The inscriptions are “UNITED STATES OF AMERICA”, “$ 1” and “E PLURIBUS UNUM”.

Front of half dollar coins

Designer: Chris Costello
Medal Artist: John P. McGraw
The design shows a Negro Leagues tour bus that served as their home on the street when players were denied access to hotels and restaurants. The batsman exemplifies the determination to play the game he loves, regardless of difficult circumstances. Inscriptions are “IN GOD WE TRUST”, “LIBERTY”, “2022” and “NEGRO LEAGUES BASEBALL”.

Half dollar clad coin reverse side

Designer: Justin Kunz
Medal artist: Phebe Hemphill
The design shows a group of five Negro League baseball players. The inscriptions are “E PLURIBUS UNUM”, “HALF DOLLAR” and “UNITED STATES OF AMERICA”.

All coin images are available here.

“The Negro Leagues Baseball Commemorative Coin Program will celebrate the rich history of African-American baseball and its impact on America’s social advancement,” said acting director of the United States Mint, Ventris Gibson. “We hope that this program will support the Negro Leagues Baseball Museum in its mission to promote tolerance, diversity and inclusion.”

The sale date for products in the Negro Leagues Baseball Commemorative Coin Program will be published on the mint’s product schedule. This is where the mint takes orders when available.

Via the United States Mint

Congress established the United States Mint in 1792, and the Mint became part of the Department of the Treasury in 1873. As the only manufacturer of legal tender coins in the nation, the Mint is responsible for the manufacture of circulation coins for the nation’s trade and commerce. The mint also produces numismatic products, including PP, non-circulation and commemorative coins; Congress Gold Medals; Silver and bronze medals; and silver and gold bullion coins. The numismatic programs are self-supporting and free of charge for the taxpayer.

Press release courtesy of the United States Mint.

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