Issued to celebrate 100 years since the establishment of the Negro National League, the centennial coins pay tribute to the Negro Leagues, which had a historical impact on baseball. Special submission instructions must be followed. The Negro Leagues Baseball Proof Set must be submitted in the sealed original Mint shipping box to receive the set designation. The Negro Leagues Baseball silver dollar and Jackie Robinson Medal Set must be submitted in the sealed original Mint shipping box for the coin to receive the set designation. See the “Submission Instructions” section of this article.
The U.S. Mint is releasing commemorative coins and a medal as a tribute to the players and coaches that created the Negro Leagues. Born out of adversity, the Negro Leagues grew to attain a respected legacy within America’s favorite pastime: Baseball. The coins will be available for preorder starting January 6 and are expected to ship in April 2022. Numismatic Guaranty Company (NGC) is celebrating the Negro Leagues Baseball commemorative coins by offering special designations and labels.
Since 1991, the Negro Leagues Baseball Museum has preserved the history of African American baseball. Located in Missouri, just two blocks from where the league was established, the museum is devoted to retelling the unsung stories of their stars. Surcharges from each coin sold by the U.S. Mint will benefit the Negro Leagues Baseball Museum for education, outreach programs, and exhibits.
The Negro Leagues Baseball commemorative coins include an Uncirculated clad half dollar struck in Denver, a Proof clad half dollar struck in San Francisco, an Uncirculated silver dollar, and a Proof silver dollar, both struck in Philadelphia, and an Uncirculated gold $5 and a Proof gold $5, both struck at the West Point Mint.
All of the coins are being sold individually, and the Proof coins are also being offered as a three-coin set. Coins from the Proof Set are eligible for a special set designation: Negro Leagues Proof Set.
The clad half dollars show a batter with a keen focus, ready for the pitch as well as a depiction of an official tour bus, which was designed by coin and medal designer Chris Costello. The reverse displays five Negro League players, a tribute to all those who made an impact on the League.
The silver dollars depict a pitcher encompassed with baseball stitching. The reverse, designed by Don Everhart, continues the scene as the ball reaches the batter. Additionally, the Mint is releasing a silver dollar with a baseball diamond privy mark that has a limited mintage of just 20,000 coins.
The founder of the Negro National League, Andrew “Rube” Foster, is prominently featured on the gold $5 coins. A successful manager, Foster established the league in 1920 and was elected to the Baseball Hall of Fame in 1981. The reverse, which was designed by Donna Weaver, displays tipping of a cap as a tribute to the league with an inscription “THEIR LEGACY PLAYS ON”.
The Mint is also releasing a set that contains a Proof silver dollar and Jackie Robinson silver medal, paying homage to the man who first broke the color barrier in baseball. The set is eligible for the special designation: Official U.S. Coin & Medal Set.
- Submit coins and medals under the Modern grading tier or higher.
- All coins and medals submitted must be graded.
- The Proof Set must be received in the sealed U.S. Mint shipping box to receive the Negro Leagues Proof Set designation. There is an additional $5 fee per coin for this designation.
- The Negro Leagues silver dollar from the coin and medal set must be received in the sealed U.S. Mint shipping box to qualify for the Official U.S. Coin & Medal Set designation, as well as for Early or First Releases. There is no additional fee for the set designation. (Only the medal will receive the set designation if it is not submitted in the sealed U.S. Mint shipping box because the coin is also being sold individually.)
- If you would like Mint packaging returned, select “Return Mint Packaging” in section 3 of the NGC Submission Form. The fee is $5 plus the cost of shipping.
|Early Releases||+$12||On the U.S. submission form, select Early Releases under Box 7. See cut-off dates here.|
|First Releases||+$12||On the U.S. submission form, select First Releases under Box 7. See cut-off dates here.|
|Negro Leagues Proof Set||+$5 per coin||By default for the set. The coins must be submitted in the sealed original Mint shipping box.|
|Official U.S. Coin & Medal Set||Free||By default for the set. The Proof Silver Dollar must be submitted in the sealed original Mint shipping box.|
|Early Releases #378||Included with fee for Early Releases designation (+$12)||Select Early Releases and enter Early Releases #378 on your submission form.|
|First Releases #379||Included with fee for First Releases designation (+$12)||Select First Releases and enter and enter First Releases #379 on your submission form.|
|NGC Standard Brown #377||Free||By default (except for Early Releases and First Releases designations). Enter Standard Brown Label #377 on your submission form.|
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NGC’s First Day of Issue designation and labels are available for select bulk submissions only. To qualify for First Day of Issue, coins must be purchased within one day of the first day that a mint makes a new coin issue available for sale and must be received by NGC or an NGC-approved depository within one week of the release date. NGC will require that the submitter provide adequate evidence (including purchase receipts) to demonstrate the date when the coins were purchased.
Press release courtesy of the Numismatic Guaranty Company.