Dorthy Height Postage Stamp-African American Civil Rights Leader

On Februry 1, 2017 The US Postal Service released the Dorothy Height Postage Stamp. This Civil Rights and Woman Rights activist was born in 1912 and at the wonderful age of 98 died in 2010. Read more about her accomplishments and life.

Art Design: Derry Noyes

The painting is based on a photograph shot in 2009 by Lateef Mangum.  The artist who captured the inspiration from this photograph is  African American Artist Thomas Blackshear 11. He created a gouche and acrylic portriat.

You can obtain a stamp for your collection by clicking this link

Also consider collecting first day covers

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See How the Gold Coin With An African American Woman on it was Made

When these first came out in 2017 they were selling for a little over $1600 on the mint’s website. Now  they are a little over $1900.

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William Clark’s Slave York is Depicted on the Missouri 2003 Quarter

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Many of use have read about the 1804 Lewis and Clark Expedition but did you know that his inherited slave named York was also part of that expedition?

You can read Brian Hall’s novel which attempts to capture the raw adventure of that expedition.

But back to our coin. York had been owned by the Clark family from birth so it is not surprising that he was probably taken on the expedition. But what is surprising is that the image on the coin shows him there the third person rowing!

This, was not the original design. The original design by Paul Jackson only showed Lewis and Clark. But since York was a “manservant” we know who did a lot of the work and never received any compensation.

Just wanted you to be aware of the image the next time you run across a 2003 quarter from Missouri. They currently have very little collectible value but very few people know about them. If you decide to get one and keep it be sure  to look for one circulated.

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Lady Liberty Gold Coin Depicts an African American Woman-This is NOT Fake News

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2017 225th Anniversary American Liberty Gold Coin(obverse)

On April 6, 2017 The US Mint started taking orders for the very first gold coin to show Lady Liberty as an African American Woman. This beautiful woman is wearing a crown of stars. This coin was struck in conjunction with the Mint’s 225th anniversary, mintage limited to 100,000 units. 

These one-ounce, .9999 fine 24-karat gold coins were produced at the West Point Mint. The Lady Liberty has a face value of $100, but each coin is actually worth at least the current  gold prices. The Mint has priced the coin at $1,640. However, once the coins are no longer available at the USMint.gov you will need to purchase from dealers, online and other collectors.

2017 225th Aniversary American Liberty Gold Coin (reverse)

The coin’s head (called the obverse) was designed by Justin Kunz and engraved by Phebe Hemphill, and it shows a profile of Lady Liberty with a crown of stars that holds back her hair. The tail (the reverse, shows an eagle in flight.

2017 225th Anniversary American Liberty Silver Medal

In June, 2017 USMint  produced 100,000 of what it calls medals, silver reproductions of the image . Whereas, the gold coins are minted in West Point the silver metals are minted in Philadelphia. There are also, as of this writing available at the USMint.gov

 

Please  note that this coin is part of a series of commemorative coins that will be released every two years. Future ones will show Lady Liberty as Asian, Hispanic and Indian  in an attempt to reflect the cultural diversity of our country.

Some coin experts have predicted that whereas the gold coins will have the value if gold goes up they will NOT have collector value. I am not an expert but I believe that if enough people KNOW that these coins watch the value soar.

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Did You Know Frederick Douglas Might be on the Back of One of Your Circulating Quarters?

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Before you put that next quarter into a laundry machine, parking meter or tip for your cup of coffee flip it over. Make sure you do not see Frederick Douglas. Released in April, 2017, Frederick Douglass National Historic Site Quarter mark the thirty-seventh coin out of 56 new issues appearing under the  America The Beautiful program which started in 2010 and runs through 2021.

185.8 million were minted in Denver and you will see a D on the side of the coin with Washington’s face. (the obverse)

184.8 million  in Philadelphia and you will see a P on the side of the coin with Washington’s face. (the obverse)

If you see a coin with a” S” those are PROOF coins minted in San Francisco and should not be in your circulating coins but some have been known to slip in.

As you know Frederick Douglas was an outstanding and influential abolitionist who in his early years was actually a slave before escaping to freedom. Throughout the remainder of his life he promoted the ideas of equality, not only based on ethnicity, but also for women..

The winning design was by an African-American Printmaker and Engraver, Thomas Hipschen, offers a scene of Frederick Douglass seated at a writing desk, with his home in Washington, D.C., in the background.

Enjoy this short video by U.S. Mint Sculptor-Engraver Phebe Hemphill who executed Thomas Hipschen’s the design for use on coins. In the following Mint video, Hemphill talks about sculpting it.

click this link to view video.

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Harper Ferry National Park Quarter Part of African American History

John Brown’s Raid is an event that is etched in our African American history and forever will be part of the legacy of this nation’s struggle with slavery.

A quarter was released in 2016 which has the historical John Brown’s Harpers Ferry on the reverse.

Harper’s Ferry National Historical Part is just one of the exceptional quarters released as part of the America The Beautiful Quarter Program.  This is a must keep coin that will remind you of the unforgettable event that  took place with John Brown.

John Brown’s Raid is an event that is etched in our African American history and forever will be part of the legacy of this nation’s struggle with slavery.

You can purchase a roll, bag, or proof sets by going directly to the US Mint. 

 

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Newark NJ Celebrates 350th Special Pictorial Postmark at Pillar College-Sarah Vaughan Stamp

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On October 13, 2016 The Special Pictorial Postmark cancellation  was issued by the United States Postal Service. The Forever stamp that received The Newark, NJ’s postmark that day at Pillar College was no other but Sarah Vaughan.

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This stamp was designed by Ethel Kessler. Bart Forbes painted the image for art which was based on a photograph done by Hugh Bell in 1955. The design of the post mark for the Sesquitercentennial postmark was done by a graphic artst student from Essex County named Jaylen Walker.

It was fitting that they choose Sarah Vaughan’s stamp for this postmark. She was a native of Newark and Newark will always remember her. It is also fitting that Pillar College not only hosted the event but became a temporary Philatelic Station. The Postal Service hand cancelled postage stamps with Newarks 350th Special Pictorial Postmark. Visitors were assured that they could come back to the college and bring their holiday cards for the post mark.

Long live the artistry and memory of Sarah Vaughan and kudo’s to Pillar College for stirring the fire of appreciation for African Americans on stamps. Special thanks to Della Moses for having the vision to help organize this piece of history.

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African American Coins-Rare Bessie Coleman Concept Coin-

Be on the lookout for the rare Bessie Coleman concept coin. I wrote a few short posts about the Bessie Coleman Concept Coin a while ago. Click on this link and you can read a short post “Who is Bessie Coleman?

You can also read an earlier post that talks about the Bessie Smith Concept Coin designed by Daniel Carr.

If you would like to grab one of the Bessie Smith Concept Coins done in 2001 you can get  one in auction now. If not, just keep your eyes open for future actions or buy it now fixed prices.

I just hope that Daniel Carr’s coin design gets another view. Perhaps as a medal?
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Do You Have a Quarter? If Yes, Flip it Over You Might Have a Black History Collectible

If you have a quarter in your pocket right now I want you to flip it over. If it is dated 2009 and for Washington DC you would have the quarter with Duke Ellington on the reverse. A Black History collectible!

 

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Now, if you find one and it is in great shape hold on to it. Only 88,800,000  were minted in Denver and 83,600,000  for Philadelphia.

Here are some earlier posts about this coin.

Did You Know That Duke Ellington is on the Reverse of the District of Columbia Quarter?

What if Your Duke Ellington Quarter Was Minted in San Francisco?

Who Designed the Reverse of the Washington DC 2009 Quarter with Duke Ellington?

Now, if you don’t locate one in your pocket change you can grab one online. Here is a listing for the Washington DC, 2009 minted in Philadelphia and

Washington, DC 2009 minted in Denver.

 

 

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Shirley Chisolm Stamp Released January 31, 2014

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The Black Heritage stamp series just released the Shirley Chisholm stamp. This stamp is the 37th stamp in the Black Heritage series. It  features a painting of Chisholm by artist Robert Shetterly. This engaging portrait is taken from a series of paintings titled “Americans Who Tell the Truth.” The  Art Director Ethel Kessler designed the stamp.

The great thing about new releases is that you can purchase them directly from the USPS website. If you wait and get them later the price may be higher and the USPS may no longer be selling them.

Purchase your sheet of stamps directly from the USPS by clicking this link.

 

 

 

 

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