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 who actually posed for the “Liberty” design. The design on the reverse of the St. Gaudens $20 gold coin. It depicts a majestic eagle in flight, with the sun below and its rays extending upward.

Hettie Anderson was from Columbia, South Carolina. Read more about the coin and HettieAnderson by clicking this link.

See a picture of the coin currently on sale online.

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Rosa Parks Commemorative Stamp Was Released This Month as Part of Black Heritage Series

Rosa Parks Stamp US Commemorative

The Rosa Parks Commemorative Stamp was released this month. This stamp is part of the Black Heritage Series which started in 1978. The first stamp released in 1978 in this series was for Harriet Tubman. You can read more about the celebration honoring Rosa Parks by the Postal Service by clicking  this link.

Each fall the honoree for the next stamp is announced. Usually the stamp is available by the  Postal Service for at least a year. That means just like coins you can usually get them directly from the US Mint or the US Postal Service. If your local Post Office does not have the stamp you can order them online from the Mint.So, with that in mind you can order your Rosa Parks Stamps and First Day Covers ( an envelope with the stamp and image) by clicking this link.

 

 

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Rare Louis Armstrong 1 oz and Marion Anderson Gold 1/2 Oz. Gold Medallions

Legislation was passed to produce a 5 year series of 1 oz. and 1/2 gold medallions that  would honor American Artists. Marion Anderson and Louis Armstrong were part of this program which began in 1980. These are not legal tender. No where do they say United States of America.

There were 218,624 of the Marion Anderson’s medallion created. And there were 409,098 of the Louis Armstrong 1.0z gold medallions created. Note that these medallions were 90% gold and 10% copper. Many of them were not purchased for collectible value but for bullion value. Hence, many have been melted for the gold content.

Today, because of their rarity, they have collector value as well as bullion value. So if you have one that is a good thing.

See a picture of the Marion Anderson medal by clicking on this link.

You can see a sale of the Louis Armstrong medal and the picture of the coin on both sides by clicking this link.

 

1980 and 1981 Medallions

 

The 1980 and 1981 concepts and designs had several flaws:

 

• They were not given a face value to make them legal tender, hence they are medallions and not coins.

• Nowhere on the pieces did it say United States of America.

• The edges were smooth instead of reeded as was done for almost all gold and silver U.S. coins.

• None of them state their gold content. The 1980 issues were shipped in Styrofoam trays, where the gold content was stated on the plastic that covered the Styrofoam. In order to remove the medallions from this packaging, buyers had to discard the information on the gold content.

 

The Mint removed order limits later in 1980. Thereafter, a number of major bullion firms made huge purchases of medallions on days when the price of gold rose substantially. These trading houses informed Bradford that a high percentage of these bulk purchases were melted.

 

In 1986, Bradford estimated that 15 percent of the 1980 issues and 10 percent of the 1981 issues were melted. Today, we think the net meltage is conservatively 20 percent for 1980 and 15 percent for 1981.

 

 

 

218, 624 medallions were made in 1980.

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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 passion for capturing the history of African Americans in sculptor reminds me of Issac Scott Hathaway, the designer of the  the Booker T. Washington and Carver Coins.

Ed Dwight, has created more than 55 monuments and memorials honoring African Americans.

Read more about the life and work of Ed Dwight by clicking this link.

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Crispus Attucks Commemorative Silver Dollar 1998-The First Black Patriot to Die in the Revolutionary War

Black Patriots Coin 1998 Ultra Cameo -Obverse Crispus Attucks

When most people think of the men who fought for the United States’ freedom, many are unaware  that the first patriot to die was an African American man named Crispus Attucks. He was killed by the British in the Boston Massacre of 1770.

Many may not also know that more than 5,000 African Americans fought in the Revolutionary War. In Virginia, dozens froze, starved and died; the 1st Rhode Island Regiment was made up entirely of 250 African Americans. There was one instance where the British General Cornwallis was completely fooled by double agent James Armistead, the African American man who stood by General Lafayette’s side when Cornwallis surrendered at Yorktown.

The Crispus Attucks Commemorative Silver Dollar was authorized to honor the black Revolutionary War patriots and the 275th anniversary of the birth of the first black Revolutionary War patriot, Crispus Attucks. There were only 28,575 minted for t he Uncirculated Mint State coins and 110,428 minted for the Proof coin.

The obverse shows a portrait of Crispus Attucks and was designed by US Mint designer John Merchanti. The reverse was designed by Ed Dwight. It shows a Black Patriot family. I will be doing a separate post on him.  The reverse shows the proposed Black Patriots Memorial. Note that I said “proposed”. Since 1998 this is still a working idea that needs to be approved for implementation. Read a current article about the proposed Black Patriots Memorial. A portion of the sale of these coins are supposed to go toward the Memorial.

Black Patriots Coin 1998 Ultra Cameo

Black Patriots Coin 1998 Ultra Cameo-Reverse Proposed Memorial

 

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Jackie Robinson Commorative Uncirculated and Proof Silver Dollar

The Jackie Robinson Commemorative Dollar Coin was also done in silver. We already know that the sale of the Uncirculated gold Jackie Robinson coin had very low sales. But we must not overlook the fact that the silver dollar had equally poor sales results. The mintage for the Uncirculated coin minted in San Francisco was just 30,180 while the proof total was at just 110,002.

A portion of the proceeds from the sale of the coins were paid to the Jackie Robinson Foundation to support educational and leadership programs and scholarships.

Silver dollar obverse design: Depicts Robinson stealing home plate, as he did during a 1955 World Series between the New York Yankees and the Brooklyn Dodgers.

Silver dollar reverse design: Features the Jackie Robinson Foundation’s 50th anniversary logo of Robinson’s breaking the color barrier in Major League Baseball, surrounded by inscriptions highlighting two of Robinson’s other achievements: “Rookie of the Year 1947,” and “Hall of Fame 1962.” An identical 50th anniversary commemorative patch was also worn by all Major League Baseball players during the 1997 season.

Designer: Alfred Maletsky (obverse), T. James Ferrell (reverse)

Weight: 26.7300 g

Composition: 90% Silver (0.7736 ounces of silver)

Diameter: 38.1 mm

If you want to get one of the coins you can go online to several sites like Ebay and Amazon. You might want to grab one now before they increase in value.

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Who Designed the Jackie Robinson Gold Commemorative Coin?

The obverse of the Jackie Robinson gold commemorative coin features a three-quarter profile of an older Jackie Robinson by the artist, William Cousins.

The reverse of the coin was designed by Jim Peed and features a baseball inscribed with “1919-1972” (Jackie’s birth and death years) and the words “Legacy of Courage.”

Jackie Robinson Gold Commemorative Coin-Obverse

Jackie Robinson Commemorative Gold Coin -Reverse

 

 

The reverse of the coin was designed by Jim Peed and features a baseball inscribed with “1919-1972” (Jackie’s birth and death years) and the words “Legacy of Courage.

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Jackie Robinson $5 Commemorative Gold Coin-Uncirculated vs Proof

The 1997 Uncirculated $5 Jackie Robinson Coin had a mintage of only 5,174. The Proof Coin had a mintage of 24,072.  The were both produced at he West Point MintThe term

Uncirculated usually means that the  coin has never been circulated, it is a coin that is in “Mint State.” This means the coin is just as minted, with absolutely no wear on it at all (although bag marks are acceptable.) However, a coin that is a “Proof” is made with special dyes and processed differently. They usually shine and have a mirror-like finish.

More people, naturally purchased the Proof version of the Jackie Robinson gold coin and less of the Uncirculated or Mint State.

Right now if you purchase either of the coins on Ebay or any other online source you will probably pay more for the Uncirculated vs the Proof coin. This sounds backwards but it is because of the rarity of the Uncirculated coin due to the low mintage.

In addition you will notice that coins that have been graded by a professional grading service will sell for a much higher premium. I have never sold or even had one of the  gold coins but check out a graded Jackie Robinson Gold Uncirculated coin that recently sold on Ebay.

If

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Jackie Robinson Gold $5 Uncirculated Coin is the Most Valuable of All Four Coins

As I mentioned in an earlier post there were four Jackie Robinson Commemorative Coins released by the US Mint. The most valuable of the four coins is the Uncirculated $5 Dollar Gold Coin. Why? Well I wondered that same question.. There were actually only 5,174 uncirculated  gold coins created. This is the lowest-mintage U.S commemorative produced since 1982.

Please note that I said UNCIRCULATED NOT PROOF.  There were more proofs minted (24,072) created than uncirculated. But allow me to pause and clarify that an uncirculated coin means just that.  It is not created for general circulation like our regular every day coins. The term PROOF is a reference to the manufacturing method. There are different dies used in the process. Proofs usually look better. But bottom line a lot depends on why you are purchasing the coin and what you intend to do with it.

I mainly want you to know that these coins exist. When they first arrived on the scene a lot of folks did not buy them. Many sport collectors and coin collectors may have gotten them but many, many African Americans still do not know the coin was produced. Also, note that Jackie Robinson was the first African American to be on a Commemorative GOLD COIN.

All four of the coins were sold as a set in 1997. The pre-issue price for the four-piece set was originally set at $425, and the regular issue price was later adjusted up to $460 per set.

Also note that these gold coins are GOLD. They have 90% gold and 10% copper. So some of their value now is related to the high price of gold plus the increased collector value.

CLICK THIS LINK TO SEE A PICTURE OF  THE JACKIE ROBINSON $5 UNC. GOLD COIN.

If you go online or to a dealer you will see various prices that are much  higher for the sets. If the coins are sold individually the prices will depend on if the coin has been certified and the  grade that was given to the coin from 64-70 by certification company. But allow me to discuss that in another post.

 

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African American Coins-Jackie Robinson 1997 Commemorative Coins For a Rich History

In 1997 the US Mint issued four Jackie Robinson Commemorative coins. One is a $5 dollar uncirculated gold coin and the other  a $ proof gold coin. There were also a  $1 uncirculated silver coin and 1$ silver proof coin. This was done to commemorate the 50th anniversary of Jackie Robinson’s historical ground-breaking integration of baseball in 1945.

But before Jackie Robinson broke the color barrier in baseball he, just like Rosa Parks, refused to give up his seat on the bus. While he was in the Army the driver of an Army vehicles thought he was sitting next to a white woman. (She wasn’t white but fair skinned) He was ordered to get up and move to another seat. He refused. Trumped up charges were made against him.

There are several publications that give exciting insight into his life. See a few below:
Who Was Jackie Robinson?
I Never Had It Made: An Autobiography of Jackie Robinson
Promises to Keep: How Jackie Robinson Changed America
Jackie Robinson: Young Sports Trailblazer (Childhood of Famous Americans)
Baseball’s Great Experiment: Jackie Robinson and His Legacy

In the next post I will discuss the collectible 5 Dollar Uncirculated Gold coin of Jackie Robinson

 

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