Only a few hours remain until regular pricing goes into effect for the two 2014-P Civil Rights Act of 1964 Silver Dollars that commemorate the 50th anniversary of the enactment of the Civil Rights Act of 1964.
Released on Jan. 2, 2014 at introductory prices of $49.95 for the proof silver and $44.95 for the uncirculated dollar, prices will increase $5 each after 3 p.m. (ET) on Monday, Feb. 3.
Both commemorative coins have a combined mintage limit of 350,000. Sales of the coins are not expected to reach that mark, so they should be available from the United States Mint through late December.
Out of the gate sales were a bit sluggish but the two coins have maintained a decent pace since with each always among the Mint’s top five weekly sellers. Most recent figures have the 2014-P Proof Civil Rights Act of 1964 Silver Dollar with sales of 33,855 and the 2014-P Uncirculated Civil Rights Act of 1964 Silver Dollar with sales of 13,681 for a combined total of 47,536. That’s about 14% of the 350,000 mintage allowed under the authorizing law.
Proof versions tend to enjoy higher sales as the finish offers shiny, mirror-like backgrounds and frosted reliefs. The reverse of the proof Civil Rights Act Silver Dollar is exceptionally striking, helped by the Mint’s implementation of a unique combination of polishing and laser frosting techniques.
Fewer collectors have been attracted to the obverse design, noting how the grouping of three people has been used often, most recently on 2013 Girl Scouts of the USA Centennial Silver Dollar and the 2010 Boy Scouts of American Centennial Silver Dollars.
For more information about the silver dollars, click the link above or visit United States Mint product pages for them, found here.