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U.S. Mint Announces Harriet Tubman Bicentennial Coin Designs

The United States Mint joined representatives from the Harriet Tubman Home, Inc. and the National Underground Railroad Freedom Center to unveil the designs for the 2024 Harriet Tubman Bicentennial Commemorative Coin Program on Sunday, July 23, during the opening ceremony for the African Methodist Episcopal Zion’s (AMEZ) Women’s Home and Overseas Missionary Society Quadrennial Conference in New Orleans. The designs will be featured on a $5 gold coin, a $1 silver coin, and a half dollar clad coin, as authorized by Public Law 117-163, in recognition of the bicentennial of Harriet Tubman’s birth. All designs were created by United States Mint Artistic Infusion Program (AIP) designers and sculpted by United States Mint Medallic Artists.

2024 Harriet Tubman Commemorative Five Dollar Gold Coin Design. Image: U.S. Mint / colorized by CoinWeek.
2024 Harriet Tubman Commemorative Five Dollar Gold Coin Design. Image: U.S. Mint / colorized by CoinWeek.

$5 Gold Coin Obverse

The obverse design features a portrait of Harriet Tubman in her years following the Civil War, looking confidently into the distance and towards the future. Inscriptions include “HARRIET TUBMAN,” “LIBERTY,” “IN GOD WE TRUST,” and “2024.”

$5 Gold Coin Reverse

  • Designer: Ben Sowards
  • Sculptor: Eric David Custer

The reverse design depicts both arms of an individual firmly clasping one arm of another individual, symbolizing the aid and care that Harriet Tubman offered to others throughout her life. Encircling the arms are inscriptions of Harriet Tubman’s seven core values, including “FAITH,” “FREEDOM,” “FAMILY,” “COMMUNITY,” SELF-DETERMINATION,” “SOCIAL JUSTICE,” and “EQUALITY.” Additional inscriptions include “UNITED STATES OF AMERICA,” “$5,” and “E PLURIBUS UNUM.”

2024 Harriet Tubman Commemorative Five Dollar Gold Coin Design. Image: U.S. Mint / Shading added by CoinWeek.
2024 Harriet Tubman Commemorative One Dollar Silver Coin Design. Image: U.S. Mint / shading added by CoinWeek.

$1 Silver Coin Obverse

  • Designer: Beth Zaiken
  • Sculptor: Phebe Hemphill

The obverse design depicts Harriet Tubman offering her hand to the viewer with an expression that challenges the viewer to seize the opportunity for freedom. Inscriptions include “HARRIET TUBMAN,” “LIBERTY,” “IN GOD WE TRUST,” and “2024.”

$1 Silver Coin Reverse

  • Designer: Beth Zaiken
  • Sculptor: Craig A. Campbell

The reverse design depicts silhouettes crossing a bridge created by a pair of clasped hands. In the sky, the Big Dipper constellation points to the North Star, which forms the “O” in the word “OF.” Inscriptions include “UNITED STATES OF AMERICA,” “E PLURIBUS UNUM,” and “ONE DOLLAR.”

2024 Harriet Tubman Commemorative Half Dollar Clad Coin Design. Image: U.S. Mint / Shading added by CoinWeek.
2024 Harriet Tubman Commemorative Half Dollar Clad Coin Design. Image: U.S. Mint / Shading added by CoinWeek.

Half Dollar Clad Coin Obverse

  • Designer: Don Everhart
  • Sculptor: Renata Gordon

The obverse design depicts Harriet Tubman, who distinguished herself as the first woman to lead an armed expedition in the Civil War, the Combahee River Raid, which resulted in more than 700 enslaved persons in South Carolina being freed. In the background, two Civil War-era boats represent the raid. Inscriptions include “LIBERTY,” “IN GOD WE TRUST,” “2024,” and “HARRIET TUBMAN.”

Half Dollar Clad Coin Reverse

  • Designer: Tom Hipschen
  • Sculptor: John P. McGraw

The reverse design depicts Harriet 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. Inscriptions describing her contributions include “CIVIL WAR,” “NURSE,” “SCOUT,” “SPY,” and “COMBAHEE RIVER RAID LEADER.” Additional inscriptions are “UNITED STATES OF AMERICA,” “E PLURIBUS UNUM,” and “HALF DOLLAR.”

“The Harriet Tubman Commemorative Coin Program will celebrate the life and legacy of an extraordinary woman,” said United States Mint Director Ventris C. Gibson. “We hope this program will assist both the National Underground Railroad Freedom Center and the Harriet Tubman Home, Inc. in accomplishing and advancing their missions.”

The on-sale date for products in the 2024 Harriet Tubman Commemorative Coin Program will be published on the Mint’s 2024 Product Schedule. When available, the Mint will accept orders at catalog.usmint.gov.

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About the United States Mint

usmintThe U.S. Mint was created by Congress in 1792 and became part of the Department of the Treasury in 1873. It is the Nation’s sole manufacturer of legal tender coinage and is responsible for producing circulating coinage for the Nation to conduct its trade and commerce.

The United States Mint also produces numismatic products, including Proof, uncirculated, and commemorative coins; Congressional Gold Medals; and silver and gold bullion coins. The Mint’s numismatic programs are self-sustaining and operate at no cost to taxpayers.

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Since Congress created the United States Mint on April 2, 1792, the primary mission of the Mint is to produce an adequate volume of circulating coinage for the nation. As a self-funded agency, the United States Mint turns revenues beyond its operating expenses over to the General Fund of the Treasury. Other responsibilities include: Maintaining physical custody and protection of the Nation's $100 billion of U.S. gold and silver assets; Manufacturing and selling platinum, gold, and silver bullion coins; and Overseeing production facilities in Denver, Philadelphia, San Francisco, and West Point, as well as the U.S. Bullion Depository at Fort Knox, Kentucky.

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