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The E-Sylum: Volume 19, Number 37, September 11, 2016, Article 19

EXHIBIT: FOR THE LOVE OF MONEY

An exhibit at the Little Rock Central High School National Historic Site highlights Black history on U.s. coins, tokens, and medals. -Editor

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Little Rock Central High School National Historic Site will be hosting the exhibit For the Love of Money between now and September 30th. For the Love of Money celebrates the Black icons, seminal historic events and institutions whose significant contributions to American and Black history have been recognized through commemoration on United States currency in the form of commemorative coins and medals.

The pioneering icons featured on United States commemorative currency represent several American and Black History firsts. Including Marian Anderson who became the first Black person and Black woman awarded a Congressional Gold Medal by the United States Congress and subsequently featured on a replica commemorative bronze medal in 1978.

Joe Louis who became the first Black man and Black athlete awarded a Congressional Gold Medal by the United States Congress and subsequently featured on a replica commemorative bronze medal in 1982 and Roy Wilkins who became the first Black civil rights leader awarded a Congressional Gold Medal by the United States Congress and subsequently featured on a replica commemorative bronze medal.

A Congressional Gold Medal is an award bestowed by the United States Congress through legislation, or Public Law, that is signed by the President of the United States. Congressional Gold Medals are produced by the United States Mint. The Congressional Gold Medal and the Presidential Medal of Freedom are the two highest civilian awards that can be bestowed by the United States government. The Congressional Gold Medal is awarded to persons "who have performed an achievement that has an impact on American history and culture that is likely to be recognized as a major achievement in the recipient's field long after the achievement."

For The Love Of Money delivers a unique and engaging Black history experience through the presentation of 37 commemorative coins, medals, medallions, concept coins and anti-slavery tokens from the Museum Of UnCut Funk Collection that showcase 36 Black history icons, 8 seminal events and 6 iconic institutions.

To read the complete article, see:
'For the Love of Money' exhibited at LR Central High Nat'l Historic Site (www.thv11.com/news/local/for-the-love-of-money-exhibited-at-lr-central-high-natl-historic-site/315483535)

More details on the exhibit are found at the Museum Of UnCut Funk Collection web site. -Editor

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The pioneering Black history icons and historic events featured on United States commemorative currency represent several American and Black History firsts, including:

  • First free Black person to appear on a commemorative coin and thus on United States currency – Booker T. Washington (1946)
  • First free Black men to appear on a commemorative coin and thus on United States currency, only Black people featured on a commemorative silver half dollar coin – Booker T. Washington / George Washington Carver (1951)
  • First Black person and Black woman to be awarded a Congressional Gold Medal by the United States Congress and featured on a replica Commemorative Bronze Medal – Marian Anderson (1978)
  • First Black person and Black woman to appear on a United States Commemorative Gold Medallion – Marian Anderson (1980)
  • First Black man and Black athlete awarded a Congressional Gold Medal and subsequently featured on a replica Commemorative Bronze Medal – Joe Louis (1982)
  • First Black Civil Rights Leader to be awarded a Congressional Gold Medal and featured on a replica Commemorative Bronze Medal – Roy Wilkins (1984)
  • First athlete and only Black person honored on a commemorative $5.00 gold coin, as well as the first athlete and Black person honored on a commemorative silver dollar coin – Jackie Robinson (1998)
  • First South African to be awarded a Congressional Gold Medal and featured on a replica Commemorative Bronze Medal – Nelson Mandela (1998)
  • First Black person and first Black musician to be prominently featured on a coin authorized for circulation – Duke Ellington (2009)

For The Love Of Money delivers a unique and engaging Black history experience through the presentation of 37 commemorative coins, medals, medallions, concept coins and anti-slavery tokens from the Museum Of UnCut Funk Collection that showcase 36 Black history icons, 8 seminal events and 6 iconic institutions: FTLOM-BTW Half panel

  • Am I Not A Man Anti-Slave Token (1837)
  • Am I Not A Woman Anti-Slave Token (1838)
  • Booker T. Washington Silver Half Dollar (1946)
  • George Washington Carver / Booker T. Washington Silver Half Dollar (1951)
  • Marian Anderson Bronze Medal (1978)
  • Marian Anderson Gold Medallion (1980)
  • Joe Louis Bronze Medal (1982)
  • Louis Armstrong Gold Medallion (1982)
  • Roy Wilkins Bronze Medal (1984)
  • Jesse Owens Bronze Medal (1988)
  • General Colin Powell Bronze Medal (1991)
  • Jackie Robinson $5.00 Gold Coin (1997)
  • Jackie Robinson Silver Dollar (1997)
  • Bessie Coleman Brass Concept Coin (1998)
  • Bessie Coleman Silver Concept Coin (1998)
  • Black Revolutionary War Patriots Silver Dollar (1998)
  • Nelson Mandela Bronze Medal (1998)
  • Rosa Parks Bronze Medal (1999)
  • New Jersey State Quarter (1999)
  • Missouri State Quarter (2003)
  • Dr. Dorothy Height Bronze Medal (2004)
  • Brown v. Board Of Education Bronze Medal (2004)
  • Jackie Robinson Bronze Medal (2005)
  • Tuskegee Airmen Bronze Medal (2007)
  • Jamestown 400th Anniversary Silver Dollar (2007)
  • Little Rock Central High School Desegregation Silver Dollar (2007)
  • Senator Edward William Brooke III Bronze Medal (2008)
  • District Of Columbia Quarter (2009)
  • Montford Point Marines Bronze Medal (2011)
  • Girl Scouts Silver Dollar (2013)
  • 16th Street Baptist Church Bombing Victims Bronze Medal (2013)
  • Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. / Coretta Scott King Bronze Medal (2013)
  • Civil Rights Act Of 1964 Silver Dollar (2014)
  • Fighting Flying Aces Bronze Medal (2014)
  • Civil Air Patrol (CAP) Bronze Medal (2014)
  • Selma To Montgomery Marches Bronze Medal (2015)

OK, I've got a homework assignment for a willing researcher. The exhibit includes the classic anti-slavery tokens, but there are other tokens relating to Black history. I'm thinking mainly of U.S. Civil War tokens issued by black merchants. The Newman Numismatic Portal holds a set of the Civil War Token Society journals. I believe there are articles, some fairly recent, that discuss these tokens. Let's pass the information on to the folks curating the MOUF collection, along with any other relevant articles that can be found. -Editor

To read the complete article, see:
A Panel Exhibition Featuring Black Icons And Historic Events On U.S. Curency (http://museumofuncutfunk.com/2015/10/24/for-the-love-of-money-blacks-on-u-s-currency-panel-exhibition/)

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Wayne Homren, Editor

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