Coin Specifications

Category: Modern Commemoratives (1982-Date)
Mint: West Point
Mintage: 24,072
Catalog: KM-280
Obverse Designer: William C. Cousins
Reverse Designer: James M. Peed
Composition: Gold
Fineness: 0.9000
Weight: 8.36g
AGW: 0.2419oz
Melt Value: $320.76 (8/24/2016)
Diameter: 21.6mm
Edge: Reeded
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1997 W ROBINSON $5 PF obverse 1997 W ROBINSON $5 PF reverse


  
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Description & Analysis

For decades professional sports were strictly segregated in the USA, with African-American baseball players having their own Negro League. It was not until 1947 that this color barrier was broken, when Jackie Robinson was signed to play for the Brooklyn Dodgers. Despite sometimes viscous harassment of both him and the team that lasted for the next few years, Robinson bravely stepped out to the field time after time, leading the way for players of all races to participate equally in professional sports. 1997 marked the 50th anniversary of this event, and it was celebrated with the authorization of up to 200,000 silver dollars and 100,000 gold half eagles.

The obverse of the silver dollar features a facing view of Jackie Robinson kicking up a cloud of dirt as he slides into home plate, a scene inspired by an actual moment during the 1955 World Series against the New York Yankees. The date of coining is below, while the mintmark appears to the right. Statutory mottoes complete this side.

Dominating the reverse is the Jackie Robinson Foundation’s 50th anniversary logo. It features the commemorative dates, Robinson’s signature within a chevron and the inscription “BREAKING BARRIERS.” Surrounding this logo is text denoting two highlights of Robinson’s career: “ROOKIE OF THE YEAR 1947  HALL OF FAME 1962.” Statutory legends complete this side of the coin, which was sculpted by the U. S. Mint’s T. James Ferrell.

The five-dollar gold piece features on its obverse a three-quarter facing bust of Jackie Robinson by William Cousins of the U. S. Mint, whose initials are seen below. Above the bust is “JACKIE ROBINSON,” while the date of coining is at left, with the mintmark below it. The usual mottoes required by law balance these various elements.

The central device on the reverse of this handsome coin is, not surprisingly, a baseball. Written across it are Robinson’s lifespan, “1919 – 1972” and “Legacy of Courage.” The initials of the designer and the sculptor are seen along the edge of the baseball at four o’clock. The remaining statutory legends complete this reverse.

Both the uncirculated and proof versions of the silver dollar were coined at San Francisco, while West Point produced the gold half eagles. As with most commemoratives of the 1990s, there were various packaged sets offered by the Mint, including a Legacy Set which featured the half eagle along with a baseball card and a commemorative pin.

Despite the popularity of baseball with Americans, sales of these coins were shockingly low. There were several commemorative programs against which the Robinson coins competed that year, yet none faired so poorly with collectors. Those few who did order these coins, particularly the uncirculated editions, acquired some of the rarest issues within the modern series.

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1997 W ROBINSON $5 PF Ultra Cameo
  GVGFVFXF505355586061626364656667686970
Base $ - - - - - - - - - 380 381 382 383 384 385 386 388 395 500 1000

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NGC GRADE SUMMARY

Total Graded: 1514
Low Grade: 64
Average Grade: 69
High Grade: 70


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5/27/2012 PCGS PF 69   Ultra Cameo Goldberg May 27-31, 2012 The May Pre-Long Beach Auction, 69/Lot# 2184 $507.15
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9/4/2014 NGC PF 70   Heritage Auctions 2014 September 4 - 6 Long Beach Expo US Coins Signature Auction - Long Beach Session(4), 1209/Lot# 9038 $587.50


NGC Registry

NGC Registry Score 1997 W ROBINSON $5 PF
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base627650674699723756781809837867896926928930931933933935938121618112601
6356586827077347647908188478779069279299309329339349361031141420740
0000007908188478779069279299309329339349361031141400
0000008008288578869169279299319329339349371123161300
1997 W ROBINSON $5 PF Cameo
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base67269572174777281184086889893096199199399499699799910011004129519182740
680704730755785821849878909940971992993995996998100010021101150321920
000000849878909940971992993995996998100010021101150300
000000859888919951981992994995997998100010031198171000
1997 W ROBINSON $5 PF Ultra Cameo
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base733758785813840870900930961994102710601062106310641066106710691072137920292885
7417677948228508809109409721005103810601062106310641066106710701174159523140
0000009109409721005103810601062106310641066106710701174159500
0000009209509831016104910611062106310651066106810711276181200
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Grade: PF 70 UC
Points: 2885
Owner: Alaska Coin Nut
 
Grade: PF 70 UC
Points: 2885
Owner: American Freedom
 
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