Selma Burke-African American Artist Who Created the Image on the Dime

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A Glimpse at The Making of the 225 Anniversary Gold Coin

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“For The Love of Money” Exhibit Was Showcased by The Museum of American Finance

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CoinWeek Podcast Interview with Curators of African American Coin Collection Plus More


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Hattie Anderson African American Model for Gold Coin 1906

Hettie Anderson, born as Harriette Eugenia Dickerson in 1873 in Columbia, South Carolina, was an African-American art model and muse. She played a significant role in inspiring and collaborating with renowned sculptors and painters. Here are some highlights from her remarkable life:

-Model for Prominent Artists: Hettie posed for several distinguished artists, including:
Augustus Saint-Gaudens: He described her as “certainly the handsomest model I have ever seen of either sex” and considered her “Goddess-like.” She modeled for the winged Victory figure on the Sherman Memorial at Grand Army Plaza in Manhattan, New York City, as well as the iconic $20 gold coins known as the Saint-Gaudens double eagle1.
Daniel Chester French: Another acclaimed sculptor who captured her likeness.
John La Farge, Anders Zorn, Bela Pratt, Adolph Alexander Weinman, and Evelyn Beatrice Longman: Hettie’s beauty and grace inspired these artists in their creations.

Family Background: Hettie hailed from a family of free African-Americans. Her relatives were skilled professionals, including builders, painters, barbers, and seamstresses. Her uncle and aunt had escaped to Canada during the American Civil War. Over time, her family members became physicians, government workers, teachers, and civil rights activists.

Life in New York: By 1895, Hettie had moved to Manhattan. She trained and modeled at the Art Students League of New York and worked as a clerk and seamstress. Her power of posing patiently and thoroughly impressed artists like Saint-Gaudens. She graced various city and country studios, leaving an indelible mark on American art1.
Hettie Anderson’s legacy lives on through the masterpieces she helped create, embodying grace, strength, and beauty in the world of art.

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Constance Baker Motley Stamp is Now Available 2024

Constance Baker Motley  was an American jurist and politician. She made significant contributions to the civil rights movement and held several groundbreaking positions:

Federal Judge: She served as a Judge of the United States District Court for the Southern District of New York. Notably, she was the first African-American woman appointed to the federal judiciary12.
Supreme Court Advocate: Constance was a key strategist in the civil rights movement. She argued ten landmark civil rights cases at various levels, winning nine of them. She was also the first Black woman to argue before the Supreme Court1.
Law Clerk to Thurgood Marshall: She worked closely with Thurgood Marshall, assisting him in the historic case Brown v. Board of Education1.
Borough President of Manhattan: In 1965, she was elected as the President of the Borough of Manhattan, becoming the first woman to hold that office. During her tenure, she authored a revitalization plan for Harlem and East Harlem, advocating for improvements in underserved areas of the city1.
Constance Baker Motley’s legacy extends beyond her legal achievements. She inspired generations of women to pursue careers in law, leaving an indelible mark on the legal profession3.

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Booker T. Washington and George Washington Carver Commemorative Coin Issued in Midst of Cold War Fears

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This Vintage Video Showcases a Few African American Coins Still Insightful

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What is a First Day Cover? Are There African American First Day Covers

A first day cover (FDC) is a postage stamp on a cover, postal card or stamped envelope franked on the first day the issue is authorized for use within the country or territory of the stamp-issuing authority1. It is a specially designed envelope bearing newly issued postage stamps which were postmarked on the first day that those stamps were placed on sale by the Post Office2. The postmark and date on the envelope indicate that it is a first-day cover.

There many African American Stamps that were featured on a First Day Cover. There may be the same stamp but the cachet or illustration on the left of the stamp is varied. Of course if an artist has hand drawn the illustration it will increase the value of the stamp.

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Tuskegee Airman Quarter

You can still grab one on Ebay.

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