Obverse. Photo © United States Mint
  • 5 Dollars 2022, United States of America (USA), 100th Anniversary of the Negro National Baseball League, Rube Foster
  • 5 Dollars 2022, United States of America (USA), 100th Anniversary of the Negro National Baseball League, Rube Foster
Description

The 2022 Negro Leagues Baseball Commemorative Coin Program celebrates the establishment of the Negro National League, the first successful, organized professional African American baseball league in the United States. The Mint struck $5 gold coins, $1 silver coins, and half dollar clad coins with different designs as part of the program.

The Negro National League was formed in 1920 in Kansas City, Missouri in response to African American baseball players being banned from the major leagues. Other leagues formed across the country. The league was formed with former player Rube Foster as its president.

Obverse

Depicts a portrait of Negro National League founder Rube Foster with his signature.

Andrew "Rube" Foster (1879–1930) was an American baseball player, manager, and executive in the Negro leagues. He was elected to the Baseball Hall of Fame in 1981.

Foster, considered by historians to have been perhaps the best African-American pitcher of the first decade of the 1900s, also founded and managed the Chicago American Giants, one of the most successful black baseball teams of the pre-integration era. Most notably, he organized the Negro National League, the first long-lasting professional league for African-American ballplayers, which operated from 1920 to 1931. He is known as the "father of Black Baseball." Foster adopted his longtime nickname, "Rube", as his official middle name later in life.

Sculptor: Phebe Hemphill
Designer: Laurie Musser

NEGRO LEAGUES BASEBALL
IN GOD
WE TRUST
2022
LJM
W
PH
LIBERTY Rube Foster

Reverse

Depicts the gesture of tipping one’s cap, an important sign of respect for players.

Sculptor: Eric David Custer
Designer: Donna Weaver

UNITED STATES OF AMERICA
THEIR
LEGACY
PLAYS
ON
$5
DW
E PLURIBUS UNUM
EC

Edge
Characteristics
Type Commemorative Issue (Non-circulating)
Material Gold
Fineness 0.900
Weight 8.359 g
Diameter 21.6 mm
Thickness -
Shape round
Alignment Coin
Mint
West Point Mint (W)

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