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The E-Sylum: Volume 27, Number 1, January 7, 2024, Article 23


There was a flood of mainstream articles this week about the new commemorative Harriet Tubman coins. Among the first was this National Public Radio piece. -Editor

2024 Harriet Tubman Silver Dollar obverse Three commemorative coins featuring famed abolitionist and human rights activist Harriet Tubman have now been released to the public, the U.S. Mint said.

The coins, which were released Thursday as part of the Harriet Tubman Commemorative Coin Program, include $5 gold coins, $1 silver coins and half-dollar coins that honor the bicentennial of her birth.

The designs featured on the coins follow the three periods of Tubman's life and her work as an abolitionist and social activist.

"Every coin produced by the United States Mint helps to tell a story that teaches us about America's history or connects us to a special memory," U.S. Mint Director Ventris Gibson said in a statement.

Gibson signed 250 Certificates of Authenticity for the 2024 Harriet Tubman Three-Coin Proof Set, which will be randomly inserted into unmarked sets, the U.S. Mint said.

The silver dollar design portrays Tubman's time as a "conductor" on the Underground Railroad. The half-dollar design showcases Tubman holding a spyglass in front of a row of Civil War-era tents, symbolizing her work as a scout and spy for the Union Army during the Civil War.

The $5 gold coin design represents Tubman's life after the Civil War, as she is shown "gazing confidently into the distance and towards the future," the U.S. Mint said in its description.

The release of Tubman's commemorative coin comes on the heels of continuous efforts by some lawmakers to replace President Andrew Jackson with the abolitionist on the $20 bill, after previous attempts to do so failed.

The Biden administration announced in January 2021 that it would resume efforts to redesign the $20 bill to feature Tubman, saying they were "exploring ways to speed up that effort."

So far, there have been no updates from the administration on the progress of the bill's redesign.

To read the complete article, see:
The U.S. Mint releases new commemorative coins honoring Harriet Tubman (

Pablo Hoffman passed along a link to the original U.S. Mint press release. -Editor

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Clad Half Dollar

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The 2024 Harriet Tubman Commemorative Coin Program celebrates the bicentennial of Harriet Tubman's birth. Public Law 117-163, the Harriet Tubman Bicentennial Commemorative Coin Act, directs the U.S. Mint to issue $5 gold coins, $ 1 silver coins, and half dollar clad coins as part of the program.

Coin prices include surcharges of $35 for each $5 gold coin, $10 for each silver dollar, and $5 for each clad half dollar. The Public Law authorizes the surcharges to be paid to the National Underground Railroad Freedom Center in Cincinnati, Ohio, and the Harriet Tubman Home, Inc., in Auburn, New York to advance their missions.

I like these designs, particularly the use of negative space to depict people on the dollar. Nicely done. -Editor

To read the complete article, see:
Harriet Tubman Commemorative Coin Program (

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The coins are also marketed on the Mint website's page for African American Coins & Medals. Given our earlier discussions of Mint coin bags I appreciated seeing the site's version of a shopping cart. -Editor

To visit the African American Coins & Medals page, see:
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