November 28, 2021 – Earlier this month, the Negro Leagues Baseball Museum (NLBM) and US Mint unveiled the coin designs commemorating the establishment of the Negro Baseball Leagues. Board members of the museum, members of the U.S. Congress and other guests gathered in Kansas City, Missouri and practically for the ceremony. The ceremony included taped comments from US Mints Executive Director Ventris C. Gibson.
NLBM President Bob Kendrick’s enthusiasm for this program was evident throughout the ceremony, reminding the audience that this “is a cause for excitement … and for a special and historic occasion as we move one step closer to realizing our own series of USA Mint commemorative coins. “
Acting CEO Gibson touched on a personal story in her comments, telling that her father was a pitcher for the Massies Mill Giants in Virginia from 1949 to the early 1960s. His love of the game inspired her and she grew up playing baseball. Recognizing the rich history of African American baseball and its impact on the social development of America, Gibson said, “we hope this program will help the Negro Leagues Baseball Museum in its mission to promote tolerance, diversity and inclusion.”
To see the coin design unveiling ceremony, visit the Negro Leagues Baseball Museum Youtube.
Negro Leagues baseball commemorative coins
Negro Leagues Baseball coins in silver, clothed and gold.
Public law 116-209 ask the Mint to produce $ 5 gold coins, $ 1 silver coins and half dollar clad coins as part of Negro Leagues baseball commemorative coin program. The law passed in 2020 to celebrate the 100th anniversary of the Negro National League, the first successful professional African-American baseball league in the United States. Additional leagues formed around the country.
Tea $ 5 gold coin The front page has a portrait of the founder of the Negro National League, Rube Foster. Artistic Infusion Program (AIP) Designer Laurie Musser created it and medal artist Phebe Hemphill sculpted it. The back was designed by AIP designer Donna Weaver and sculpted by Medallic Artist Eric David Custer. It depicts the gesture of tilting the hood, an important sign of respect for players.
Tea silver dollar the front shows a pitcher throwing a baseball. Baseball stitching appears as an edge around the design. It was created by AIP designer Matt Swaim and sculpted by medal artist Eric David Custer. The back, by AIP designer Don Everhart and medal artist Craig A. Campbell, shows a player’s sight of a court being delivered to the catcher at the plate.
Tea dressed half a dollar the front has a Negro League tour bus and a player to hit. The bus served as their home on the road as hotels and restaurants denied players entry. The batter is an example of the willingness to play the game he loves, regardless of challenging circumstances. AIP designer Chris Costello designed it and medalist John P. McGraw sculpted it. Conversely, by AIP designer Justin Kunz and Medallic Artist Phebe Hemphill, a group of Negro Leagues show players.
Additions from the sale of these coins are authorized to be paid to NLBM in Kansas City for educational and outreach programs and exhibits. The museum’s mission is to preserve the history of African American baseball and to use the life lessons of Negro League players to promote tolerance, diversity and inclusion.
Examine product plan for information on how to buy these coins in early 2022.
Source: US Mint