For The Love Of Money: Black Icons On U.S. Currency

By Museum Of UnCut Funk

This exhibition celebrates Black history icons, seminal historic events and institutions whose significant contributions to American and Black history have been recognized by law through commemoration on United States currency in the form of Commemorative Coins, Medals and Medallions. This exhibition features 56 Silver, Gold and Bronze Coins, Concept Coins, Medals, Presidential Medals, Medallions and Copper Anti-Slavery Tokens from the Museum Of UnCut Funk Collection.

For The Love Of Money Panel Exhibition Text Panel 1Museum Of UnCut Funk

For The Love Of Money Panel Exhibition Text Panel 2Museum Of UnCut Funk

Definition Text PanelMuseum Of UnCut Funk

Anti-Slavery Tokens BannerMuseum Of UnCut Funk

Anti-Slavery Tokens

British and American Anti-Slavery Tokens

Am I Not A Man And A Brother Anti-SlaveryToken Obverse (1796) by British AbolitionistsMuseum Of UnCut Funk

1796

English copper halfpenny token used by British abolitionists as an anti-slavery communication and propaganda device

Obverse:
Features chained African male slave, naked and kneeling

Am I Not A Man And A Brother Anti-SlaveryToken Reverse (1796) by British AbolitionistsMuseum Of UnCut Funk

Reverse:
Features two hands clasped in friendship

Am I Not A Woman And A Sister Anti-Slavery Token Obverse (1838) by American AbolitionistsMuseum Of UnCut Funk

1838

American copper hard times token used by American abolitionists as an anti-slavery communication and propaganda device

Obverse:
Features chained African female slave, naked and kneeling

Am I Not A Woman And A Sister Anti-Slavery Token Reverse (1838) by American AbolitionistsMuseum Of UnCut Funk

Reverse:
Features laurel wreath

Commemorative Coin BannerMuseum Of UnCut Funk

Coins

Fourteen commemorative gold and silver coins, brass and silver concept coins that feature Black history icons, seminal historic events and institutions

Commemorative Coin Text Panel 1Museum Of UnCut Funk

Booker T. Washington Silver Half Dollar Obverse (1946/1946) by U.S. MintMuseum Of UnCut Funk

1946

Booker T. Washington was the first free Black person featured on US currency and on a US Commemorative Silver Half Dollar Coin

Obverse:
Features Booker T. Washington portrait

Booker T. Washington Silver Half Dollar Reverse (1946/1946) by U.S. MintMuseum Of UnCut Funk

Reverse:
Features New York University Hall of Fame, Slave Cabin

Coin designed by Isaac Scott Hathaway, the first Black artist whose work was produced by the US Mint

George Washington Carver / Booker T. Washington Silver Half Dollar Coin Obverse (1951/1951) by U.S. MintMuseum Of UnCut Funk

1951

George Washington Carver and Booker T. Washington were the first free Black men featured on US currency

Obverse:
Features George Washington Carver, Booker T. Washington portraits

George Washington Carver / Booker T. Washington Silver Half Dollar Coin Reverse (1951/1951) by U.S. MintMuseum Of UnCut Funk

Reverse:
Features simple United States Of America map

Coin designed by Isaac Scott Hathaway, the first Black artist whose work was produced by the US Mint

Jackie Robinson $5.00 Gold Coin Obverse (1997/1997) by U.S. MintMuseum Of UnCut Funk

1997

Jackie Robinson was the first major league athlete and only Black person honored on a US Commemorative $5.00 Gold Coin

Obverse:
Features Robinson in later years as a Civil Rights Leader

Jackie Robinson $5.00 Gold Coin Reverse (1997/1997) by U.S. MintMuseum Of UnCut Funk

Reverse:
Features Baseball design

Jackie Robinson Silver Dollar Obverse (1997) by U.S. MintMuseum Of UnCut Funk

1997

Jackie Robinson was the first major league athlete and first Black person featured on a US Commemorative Silver Dollar Coin

Obverse:
Features Robinson stealing home plate

Jackie Robinson Silver Dollar Reverse (1997) by U.S. MintMuseum Of UnCut Funk

Reverse:
Features 50th anniversary Jackie Robinson Foundation logo

Black Revolutionary War Patriots Silver Dollar Obverse (1998/1998) by U.S. MintMuseum Of UnCut Funk

1998

Crispus Attucks, a runaway slave, was the first person killed during the Boston Massacre in 1770, the event that triggered the Revolutionary War

Obverse:
Features Crispus Attucks portrait

Black Revolutionary War Patriots Silver Dollar Reverse (1998/1998) by U.S. MintMuseum Of UnCut Funk

Reverse:
Features Black Patriot family sculpture, a proposed detail that was considered for the Black Patriots Memorial

Created by Ed Dwight, the second Black artist to design for the US Mint

New Jersey State Quarter Obverse (1999) by U.S. MintMuseum Of UnCut Funk

1999

The NJ State Quarter was the first coin authorized for circulation depicting a Black person (see Reverse)

Obverse:
Features George Washington portrait

New Jersey State Quarter Reverse (1999) by U.S. MintMuseum Of UnCut Funk

Reverse:
Features a Black slave among the patriots helping row the boat, symbolizing Black patriots who fought in the Revolutionary war

Missouri State Quarter Obverse (2003) by U.S. MintMuseum Of UnCut Funk

2003

The Missouri State Quarter was the second coin authorized for circulation depicting a Black person (see Reverse)

Obverse:
Features George Washington portrait

Missouri State Quarter Reverse (2003) by U.S. MintMuseum Of UnCut Funk

Reverse:
Features Louis and Clark and a third man, York, who was Clark’s Black slave

Jamestown 400th Anniversary Silver Dollar Coin Obverse (2007) by U.S. MintMuseum Of UnCut Funk

2007

Commemorates the 400th anniversary of the colony at Jamestown, VA, the first permanent English settlement in America. Features an African woman

Obverse:
Features the Three Faces of Diversity

Jamestown 400th Anniversary Silver Dollar Coin Reverse (2007) by U.S. MintMuseum Of UnCut Funk

Reverse:
Features three ships - Susan Constant, Godspeed, Discovery, which brought the first settlers to Jamestown

Little Rock Central High School Desegregation Silver Dollar Coin Obverse (2007) by U.S. MintMuseum Of UnCut Funk

2007

Commemorates the 50th anniversary of the desegregation of Little Rock Central High School, in Arkansas

Obverse:
Features nine students, accompanied by an armed soldier, walking to school

Little Rock Central High School Desegregation Silver Dollar Coin Reverse (2007) by U.S. MintMuseum Of UnCut Funk

Reverse:
Features Little Rock Central High School

District Of Columbia Quarter Obverse (2009) by U.S. MintMuseum Of UnCut Funk

2009

The D.C. Quarter commemorates Duke Ellington, the first Black person and musician to be prominently featured on a coin authorized for circulation

Obverse:
Features George Washington Portrait

District Of Columbia Quarter Reverse (2009) by U.S. MintMuseum Of UnCut Funk

Duke Ellington, D.C. native son, was an internationally renowned jazz musician and composer

Reverse:
Features famous jazz musician Duke Ellington at the piano

Girl Scouts Silver Dollar Obverse (2013/2013) by U.S. MintMuseum Of UnCut Funk

2013

Commemorates the 100th anniversary of the Girl Scouts of the USA

Obverse:
Features three girls, including a Black girl scout, who represent the different ages and diversity of Girl Scouts

Girl Scouts Silver Dollar Coin Reverse (2013/2013) by U.S. MintMuseum Of UnCut Funk

Reverse:
Features iconic profiles of Girl Scouts of the USA

1964 Civil Rights Act Silver Dollar Coin Obverse (2014/2014) by U.S. MintMuseum Of UnCut Funk

2014

Commemorates the 50th anniversary of the enactment of the Civil Rights Act

Obverse:
Features three people holding hands at a civil rights march. Man holds sign that reads “We Shall Overcome"

1964 Civil Rights Act Silver Dollar Coin Reverse (2014/2014) by U.S. MintMuseum Of UnCut Funk

Reverse:
Features three flames intertwined to symbolize freedom of education, freedom to vote, freedom to control one’s own destiny

Design inspired by Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

Harpers Ferry Historic Park Quarter Obverse (2016) by U.S. MintMuseum Of UnCut Funk

2016

Harpers Ferry Historic Park Quarter commemorates the site of many significant historic events, which was declared a National Historic Park in 1944

Obverse:
Features George Washington Portrait

Harpers Ferry Historic Park Quarter Reverse (2016) by U.S. MintMuseum Of UnCut Funk

Reverse:
Features John Brown’s Fort, the site of John Brown’s last stand during his raid on the Harpers Ferry Armory

Frederick Douglass Historic Site Quarter Obverse (2017) by U.S. MintMuseum Of UnCut Funk

2017

The Frederick Douglass Historic Site is the first Black National Historic Site to be prominently featured on a coin authorized for circulation

Obverse:
Features George Washington Portrait

Frederick Douglass Historic Site Quarter Reverse (2017) by U.S. MintMuseum Of UnCut Funk

Commemorates Frederick Douglass and his Washington, D.C. home which was declared a National Historic Site in 1962

Reverse:
Features Frederick Douglass at a writing desk, his home in the background

Concept Coin Text Panel 1Museum Of UnCut Funk

Bessie Coleman Brass Concept Coin Obverse (1998) by Daniel CarrMuseum Of UnCut Funk

1998
Bessie Coleman brass concept coin recommendation for the new gold dollar coin

Obverse:
Features Bessie Coleman portrait, 13 stars above the horizon, symbolizing future colonization of space

Bessie Coleman Brass Concept Coin Reverse (1998) by Daniel CarrMuseum Of UnCut Funk

Bessie Coleman was the world's first Black woman aviator, first Black woman to earn an international pilot’s license 3 years before Earhart

Reverse:
Features eagle soaring across the sun, 50 rays

Bessie Coleman Silver Concept Coin Obverse (1998) by Daniel CarrMuseum Of UnCut Funk

1998

Bessie Coleman silver concept coin recommendation for the new gold dollar coin

Obverse:
Features Bessie Coleman portrait, 13 stars above the horizon, symbolizing future colonization of space

Bessie Coleman Silver Concept Coin Reverse (1998) by Daniel CarrMuseum Of UnCut Funk

Bessie Coleman was the first Black woman to make a public flight, learning to fly in France because U.S. flying schools would not admit her

Reverse:
Features eagle soaring across the sun, 50 rays

Commemorative Medals Medallions BannerMuseum Of UnCut Funk

Medals And Medallions

Nineteen commemorative bronze medals, two Presidential bronze medals, two commemorative gold medallions that feature Black history icons, seminal historic events and institutions

Congressional Gold Medal Text Panel 1Museum Of UnCut Funk

Commemorative Bronze Medal Text Panel 1Museum Of UnCut Funk

Marian Anderson Bronze Medal Obverse (1978/1978) by U.S. MintMuseum Of UnCut Funk

1978

Marian Anderson was the first Black person and Black woman to be awarded a Congressional Gold Medal, featured on a U.S. Commemorative Bronze Medal

Obverse:
Features Marian Anderson portrait

Marian Anderson Bronze Medal Reverse (1978/1978) by U.S. MintMuseum Of UnCut Funk

Reverse:
Features world held in two cupped hands

Joe Louis Bronze Medal Obverse (1982) by U.S. MintMuseum Of UnCut Funk

1982

Joe Louis was the first Black man and Black athlete to be awarded a Congressional Gold Medal, featured on a U.S. Commemorative Bronze Medal

Obverse:
Features Joe Louis portrait

Joe Louis Bronze Medal Reverse (1982) by U.S. MintMuseum Of UnCut Funk

Louis' defeat of Max Schmeling delivered a stinging defeat to Hitler’s myth of Aryan supremacy

Reverse:
Features Heavyweight belt won in 1937, American Eagle on center buckle, Pair of boxing gloves

Roy Wilkins Bronze Medal Obverse (1984/1984) by U.S. MintMuseum Of UnCut Funk

1984

Roy Wilkins was the first Black civil rights leader awarded a Congressional Gold Medal, featured on a US Commemorative Bronze Medal

Obverse:
Features Roy Wilkins portrait

Roy Wilkins Bronze Medal Reverse (1984/1984) by U.S. MintMuseum Of UnCut Funk

Roy Wilkins was a civil rights activist who helped turn the NAACP into a nationally prominent force for civil rights

Reverse:
Features the goddess justice

Jesse Owens Bronze Medal Obverse (1988/1988) by U.S. MintMuseum Of UnCut Funk

1988

Jesse Owens was the first American track & field athlete to win four gold medals in a single Olympiad, at the 1936 Berlin Olympics

Obverse:
Features Jesse Owens portrait

Jesse Owens Bronze Medal Reverse (1988/1988) by U.S. MintMuseum Of UnCut Funk

Reverse:
Features Owens as an Olympic sprinter

General Colin Powell Bronze Medal Obverse (1991/1991) by U.S. MintMuseum Of UnCut Funk

1991

Colin Powell is the first Black person to serve as Secretary Of State and the only Black person to serve as Chairman Of The Joint Chiefs Of Staff

Obverse:
Features General Powell portrait

General Colin Powell Bronze Medal Reverse (1991/1991) by U.S. MintMuseum Of UnCut Funk

Colin Powell is the first Black member of the military awarded a Congressional Gold Medal, featured on a US Commemorative Bronze Medal

Reverse:
Features General Powell congratulating a US soldier

Nelson Mandela Bronze Medal Obverse (1998/1998) by U.S. MintMuseum Of UnCut Funk

1998

Nelson Mandela is the first South African awarded a Congressional Gold Medal, featured on a US Commemorative Bronze Medal

Obverse:
Features Nelson Rolihlahla Mandela portrait

Nelson Mandela Bronze Medal Reverse (1998/1998) by U.S. MintMuseum Of UnCut Funk

Commemorates Nelson Mandela for his life-long dedication to the abolition of apartheid

Reverse:
Features compass points and a decorative spindle. Children linked together. Overlapping branches

Rosa Parks Bronze Medal Obverse (1999/1999) by U.S. MintMuseum Of UnCut Funk

1999

Commemorates Rosa Parks for her “contributions to the Nation” as the “first lady of civil rights” and “mother of the freedom movement"

Obverse:
Features Rosa Parks portrait

Rosa Parks Bronze Medal Reverse (1999/1999) by U.S. MintMuseum Of UnCut Funk

Reverse:
Features swag of oak leaves, scales of justice, world

Little Rock Nine Bronze Medal Obverse (1999) by U.S. MintMuseum Of UnCut Funk

1999

Commemorates The Little Rock Nine for their “selfless heroism" in desegregating Little Rock Central High School

Obverse:
Features students being escorted up school steps by US soldiers

Little Rock Nine Bronze Medal Reverse (1999) by U.S. MintMuseum Of UnCut Funk

Reverse:
Features names of The Little Rock Nine, inscription “Courage Bravery Justice Opportunity"

Dr. Dorothy Height Bronze Medal Obverse (2004) by U.S. MintMuseum Of UnCut Funk

2004

Commemorates Dr. Dorothy Height for her contribution “as one of the preeminent social and civil rights activists of her time"

Obverse:
Features Dr. Dorothy Height Portrait

Dr. Dorothy Height Bronze Medal Reverse (2004) by U.S. MintMuseum Of UnCut Funk

Reverse:
Features Dorothy I. Height building in Washington, D.C., U.S. Capitol

Brown V Board Of Education Bronze Medal Obverse (2004) by U.S. MintMuseum Of UnCut Funk

2004

Commemorates Reverend Joseph A. DeLaine, Harry and Eliza Briggs, Levi Pearson for their “contribution as pioneers in the effort to desegregate public schools"

Obverse:
Portraits of honorees

Brown V Board Of Education Bronze Medal Reverse (2004) by U.S. MintMuseum Of UnCut Funk

Reverse:

The goddess of justice, quote from Judge J. Waties Waring Dissenting Opinion

Jackie Robinson Bronze Medal Obverse (2005) by U.S. MintMuseum Of UnCut Funk

2005

Commemorates Jackie Robinson for his “legacy and personal achievements,” “advancement of civil rights in the US” and “many contributions to the nation”

Obverse:
Jackie Robinson portrait

Jackie Robinson Bronze Medal Reverse (2005) by U.S. MintMuseum Of UnCut Funk

Reverse:
Laurel branches surrounding a plaque

Tuskegee Airmen Bronze Medal Obverse (2007/2007) by U.S. MintMuseum Of UnCut Funk

2007

Commemorates the Tuskegee Airmen, the first Black aviators to serve during WWII

Obverse:
Features three airmen, eagle symbolizing flight, nobility, the highest ideals of the Nation

Tuskegee Airmen Bronze Medal Reverse (2007/2007) by U.S. MintMuseum Of UnCut Funk

Reverse:
Features three types of aircraft the Tuskegee Airmen flew in World War II: P-40, P-51, B-25

Senator Edward Brooke Bronze Medal Obverse (2008/2008) by U.S. MintMuseum Of UnCut Funk

2008

Edward William Brooke was the first Black United States Senator elected by popular vote and served with distinction for two terms

Obverse:
Features Edward Brooke portrait

Senator Edward Brooke Bronze Medal Reverse (2008/2008) by U.S. MintMuseum Of UnCut Funk

Reverse:
Features United States Capitol Building, Massachusetts State House between two olive branches

Montford Point Marines Bronze Medal Obverse (2011/2011) by U.S. MintMuseum Of UnCut Funk

2011

Commemorates the Montford Point Marines, the first Black Marines, who served during World War II

Obverse:
Features Montford Point Marines in an action scene from training

Montford Point Marines Bronze Medal Reverse (2011/2011) by U.S. MintMuseum Of UnCut Funk

Reverse:
Features Montford Point Marines in formation during training, signature water tower

16th Street Baptist Church Bombing Victims Bronze Medal Obverse (2013/2013) by U.S. MintMuseum Of UnCut Funk

2013

Commemorates the 16th Street Baptist Church bombing victims

Obverse:
Features silhouette of the four little girls killed in the 16th Street Baptist Church Bombing

16th Street Baptist Church Bombing Victims Bronze Medal Reverse (2013/2013) by U.S. MintMuseum Of UnCut Funk

Reverse:
Features view of the 16th Street Baptist Church

Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. And Coretta Scott King Bronze Medal Obverse (2013/2013) by U.S. MintMuseum Of UnCut Funk

2013

Commemorates Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., Coretta Scott King for their contributions to the Nation on behalf of the Civil Rights Movement

Obverse:
Features Dr. and Mrs. King Portraits

Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. And Coretta Scott King Bronze Medal Reverse (2013/2013) by U.S. MintMuseum Of UnCut Funk

Reverse:
Features Martin Luther King, Jr. Center for Nonviolent Social Change

American Fighter Aces Bronze Medal Obverse (2014/2014) by U.S. MintMuseum Of UnCut Funk

2014

Commemorates Lee Andrew Archer, Jr., Tuskegee Airmen and the first and only Black American Fighter Ace

Obverse:
Four pilots, representing WW I, WW II, the Korean War and Vietnam War

American Fighter Aces Bronze Medal Reverse (2014/2014) by U.S. MintMuseum Of UnCut Funk

Reverse:
Four aircraft used by American Fighter Aces, five stars representing the minimum number of aerial combat victories required for qualification

Civil Air Patrol Bronze Medal Obverse (2014/2014) by U.S. MintMuseum Of UnCut Funk

2014

Commemorates Willa Brown, the first Black officer in the Civil Air Patrol, receiving the rank of Lieutenant in 1942

Obverse:
Features two CAP volunteers watching the skies

Civil Air Patrol Bronze Medal Reverse (2014/2014) by U.S. MintMuseum Of UnCut Funk

Reverse:
Features partial laurel wreath, representing honor and service, surrounding CAP insignia’s

Selma To Montgomery Marches Bronze Medal Obverse (2015) by U.S. MintMuseum Of UnCut Funk

2015

Commemorates Foot Soldiers who participated in Bloody Sunday, Turnaround Tuesday, or the final Selma to Montgomery Voting Rights March

Obverse:
Foot soldiers crossing the Edmund Pettus Bridge

Selma To Montgomery Marches Bronze Medal Reverse (2015) by U.S. MintMuseum Of UnCut Funk

Reverse:
Hand placing ballot in ballot box with American flag image in the background

Presidential Bronze Medal Text Panel 1Museum Of UnCut Funk

Barack Obama First Term Bronze Medal Obverse (2017) by U.S. MintMuseum Of UnCut Funk

2017

President Barack Obama is the first Black President Of The United States and first Black person to be commemorated on Presidential Bronze Medals

Obverse:
Features Barack Obama Portrait

Barack Obama First Term Bronze Medal Reverse (2017) by U.S. MintMuseum Of UnCut Funk

Reverse:
Features Quote from President Obama beneath the Presidential Seal, date of President Obama’s first inauguration, President Obama’s signature and 50 stars around the border

Barack Obama Second Term Bronze Medal Obverse (2017) by U.S. MintMuseum Of UnCut Funk

2017

President Barack Obama is the first Black President Of The United States and first Black person to be commemorated on Presidential Bronze Medals

Obverse:
Features Barack Obama Portrait

Barack Obama Second Term Bronze Medal Reverse (2017) by U.S. MintMuseum Of UnCut Funk

Reverse:
Features Quote from President Obama beneath image of the White House, date of President Obama’s second inauguration, President Obama’s signature and 50 stars around the border

Commemorative Gold Medallion Text Panel 1Museum Of UnCut Funk

Marian Anderson Gold American Arts Medallion Obverse (1980) by U.S. MintMuseum Of UnCut Funk

1980

Marian Anderson was the first Black woman and Black person to be featured on a United States Commemorative Gold Medallion

Obverse:
Features Marian Anderson portrait

Marian Anderson Gold American Arts Medallion Reverse (1980) by U.S. MintMuseum Of UnCut Funk

Reverse:
Features world held in two cupped hands

Louis Armstrong Gold American Arts Medallion Obverse (1982) by U.S. MintMuseum Of UnCut Funk

1982

Louis Armstrong was the first Black man to be featured on a US commemorative gold medallion

Obverse:
Features Louis Armstrong portrait

Louis Armstrong Gold American Arts Medallion Reverse (1982) by U.S. MintMuseum Of UnCut Funk

Louis Armstrong was one of the most influential jazz artists of the 20th century

Reverse:
Features trumpet and musical notes

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