Category Archives: African American Coins

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

    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 … Continue reading

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

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. This stamp was … Continue reading

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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?” … Continue reading

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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 … Continue reading

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Shirley Chisolm Stamp Released January 31, 2014

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 … Continue reading

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African Americans Whose Signatures Are on US Currency

Their are four African American men whose signatures appear on US Currency. There is one woman whose signature appear on US currency during her tenure 1977-1981. As you know from the prior post Azia Taylor-Morton was the first and only … Continue reading

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Benjamin Banneker US Postage Stamp 1980

  On February 15, 1980 Benjamin Banneker, a self-taught astronomer and mathematician and publisher of Farmers Almanacs in the 1790’s was honored on a 15 cent US Postage Stamp. I want to also note that he was one of three … Continue reading

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Do You Know Who Was The First African American to Appear on a US Postage Stamp?

If you guessed that Booker T. Washington was the first African American to appear on a US Postage Stamp you are absolutely right! Actually Booker T. Washington had a lot of “firsts”. I found out just tonight that he was … Continue reading

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Hettie Anderson An African American Model for the Famous St. Gaudens $20 Gold Coin

The most beautiful coin in U.S. history is the design that appeared on the $20 Gold Double Eagle from 1907 to 1933. It is the design of Augustus St. Gaudens. His model was an  African-American artist’s model named Hettie Anderson … Continue reading

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Ed Dwight, African American Sculptor, Air Force Test Pilot,Trained Astronaut, Systems Engineer, Real Estate Developer and Sculptor Designed the Reverse of the Black Patriot Coin

An amazing man Ed Dwight, the first African American to be trained as an astronaut, designed the Black Patriots Memorial, including the image on the coin’s reverse side of the Black Patriot Commemorative Coin. He had many careers and his … Continue reading

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