The United States Mint has started accepting orders for the 2014 Civil Rights Act of 1964 Silver Dollars. Authorized under Public Law 110-451, the coins are issued to commemorate the semicentennial of the enactment of the Civil Rights Act of 1964.
The obverse design of the silver dollar features three people holding hands at a civil rights march. The man holds a sign which reads “We Shall Overcome”. The design is symbolic of all marches that helped galvanize the civil rights movement. Additional inscriptions include “Liberty”, the date “2014”, and the motto “In God We Trust”.
The reverse features three flames intertwined to symbolize freedom of education, freedom to vote, and the freedom to control one’s destiny. The design was inspired by a quote from Martin Luther King, Jr., “They get the fire hose. They fail to realize that water can only put out physical fire. But water can never drown the fire of freedom.” Inscriptions on the reverse include “Civil Rights Act of 1964”, “Signed into Law July 2, 1964”, the motto “E Pluribus Unum”, the denomination “One Dollar”, and “United States of America”.
The obverse was designed by Justin Kunz and executed by Phebe Hemphill. The reverse was designed by Donna Weaver and executed by Jim Licaretz.
The United States Mint is currently offering individual proof versions of the coin priced at $49.95 and individual uncirculated versions priced at $44.95, reflecting introductory price levels. After February 3, 2014 at 3:00 PM ET, the coins will price priced at $54.95 for the proof and $49.95 for the uncirculated version.
A maximum mintage of 350,000 has been established by the authorizing legislation. This limited applies across all product options. The ratio of proof to uncirculated coins will be determined based on customer demand.
Under the authorizing legislation, the sales price of each coin includes a surcharge of $10 per coin, which is distributable to the United Negro College Fund to carry out its purposes, including providing scholarships and internships for minority students and operating fund and technology enhancement services for 37 member historically black colleges and universities.