Larry Doby Congressional Gold Medal Design Candidates Released

The design candidates for the upcoming Congressional Gold Medal honoring Larry Doby have been released by the Citizens Coinage Advisory Committee, or CCAC. The design is expected to be finalized this year with the medal being released in 2021.

Larry Doby was an American professional baseball player in the Negro leagues and Major League Baseball who was the second black player to break baseball’s color barrier and the first black player in the American League.

The Congressional Gold Medal is an award bestowed by the United States Congress. The congressional practice of issuing gold medals to occasionally honor recipients from the military began during the American Revolution. Later the practice extended to individuals in all walks of life and in the late 20th century also to groups. The Congressional Gold Medal and the Presidential Medal of Freedom are the highest civilian awards in the United States.


Here are the design candidates:

Larry Doby Congressional Gold Medal Obverse
Larry Doby Congressional Gold Medal Obverse

Unlike other medals, the Congressional Gold Medal is not one that collectors can purchase from the Mint. It is an honor bestowed by Congress and only a handful of these medals are ever produced. However, a bronze version of the medal will be made available for those collectors.

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