Negro Leagues Baseball Silver Dollar

Commemorative Coin Programs


In 2022, the U.S. Mint will release the Negro Leagues Baseball Silver Dollar as part of the Negro Leagues Baseball Commemorative Coin Program. It celebrates the establishment of the Negro National League, the first successful, organized professional African American baseball league in the United States. The Mint will strike $5 gold coins, $1 silver coins, and half dollar clad coins with different designs as part of the program. Special $1 silver coins will feature a privy mark on the obverse, underneath the pitcher’s raised right knee. The year 2020, when the legislation passed, marked the 100th anniversary of the establishment of the Negro National League. The anniversary is represented by “100,” with the stylized diamond shape alluding to a baseball diamond.

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 leagues changed not only the game of baseball, but also the United States.

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Recipient Organization: Negro Leagues Baseball Museum

Surcharges in the amount of $35 for each $5 gold coin sold, $10 for each silver dollar sold, and $5 for each half dollar sold are authorized to be paid to the Negro Leagues Baseball Museum for educational and outreach programs and exhibits.

Commemorative Coin Surcharges

Commemorative coin programs are created by acts of Congress to honor a person, place, or event. Surcharges from the sales of these coins help fund a variety of organizations and projects that benefit the public. Commemorative coins are only available from the United States Mint for a limited time, as specified by public law.


The obverse (heads) design depicts a pitcher in mid-throw with the baseball in the foreground and baseball stitching as a border.

The reverse (tails) design depicts a player’s eye view of a pitch being delivered to the catcher at the plate.

Obverse Inscriptions

  • 2022

Reverse Inscriptions

  • $1

Mint and Mint Mark


  • Composition: 99.9% silver
  • Diameter: 1.500 inches
  • Weight: 0.859 troy oz.
  • Mintage Limit: 400,000 across all silver product options

Artist Information

  • Sculptor: Eric David Custer
  • Designer: Matt Swaim, Artistic Infusion Program
Reverse Content last reviewed November 4, 2021

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