Designs for the 2014 Civil Rights Act of 1964 Silver Dollar were announced by the United States Mint on Thursday, Dec. 19, 2013. The coin celebrates the 50th anniversary of the enactment of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, with surcharges from their sales distributed to the United Negro College Fund (UNCF).
These 90% silver commemorative coins will launch on Jan. 2, 2014 with up to 350,000 available in collector proof and uncirculated qualities. They will be available to order from the United States Mint website at www.usmint.gov/catalog.
For the obverse design, three people holding hands at a civil rights march are featured with one of the marchers holding a sign saying, WE SHALL OVERCOME. The chosen image serves as a symbol of all the marches during the civil rights movement. Surrounding inscriptions are LIBERTY, 2014, and IN GOD WE TRUST. Justin Kunz designed the artwork. It was executed by United States Mint Sculptor-Engraver Phebe Hemphill.
Found on reverse design are the three intertwined flames, symbolizing freedom of education, freedom to vote, and freedom to control one’s destiny. To the left of the flames are the words SIGNED INTO LAW JULY 2, 1964. To the right of the flames are E PLURIBUS UNUM, ONE DOLLAR and the P mint mark. The mint mark indicates that the commemorative coins were struck at the Philadelphia Mint.
Surrounding reverse inscriptions include CIVIL RIGHTS ACT OF 1964 and UNITED STATES OF AMERICA. The reverse designer is United States Mint Artistic Infusion Program artist Donna Weaver with sculpting completed by United States Mint Sculptor-Engraver Jim Licaretz.
These silver dollars are a result of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 Commemorative Coin Act. The Act passed in Congress and was signed into law (Public Law 110-451) by the President in December 2008.
At this time, the United States Mint has 2014-P Proof Civil Rights Act of 1964 Silver Dollar listed for $49.95 and the 2014-P Uncirculated Civil Rights Act of 1964 Silver Dollar priced at $44.95.
Prices include the $10 surcharge with proceeds paid to the UNCF to help provide scholarships and internships for minority students as well as operating funds and technology enhancement services for 39 member historically black colleges and universities.