2014 Civil Rights Act of 1964 Commemorative Silver Dollar Issued

2014 Civil Rights Act of 1964 Proof Silver Dollar (US Mint image)Available now from the United States Mint are the 2014 Civil Rights Act of 1964 Commemorative Silver Dollars. The commemoratives went on sale beginning at Noon (Eastern) today, January 2, 2014.

Included in the release are both a 2014 Civil Rights Act of 1964 Proof Silver Dollar and a 2014 Civil Rights Act of 1964 Uncirculated Silver Dollar. For a limited time, they are available at the introductory prices of $49.95 for the proof and $44.95 for the uncirculated.

Design information on the coin as provided by the US Mint is as follows:

"The coin's obverse (heads side) design features three people holding hands at a civil rights march.  One of the marchers is holding a sign that reads WE SHALL OVERCOME.  The design is symbolic of all marches that helped galvanize the civil rights movement.  Additional inscriptions are LIBERTY, 2014, and IN GOD WE TRUST.  The obverse was designed by contract artist Justin Kunz and executed by United States Mint Sculptor-Engraver Phebe Hemphill."

"The coin's reverse (tails side) design features three flames intertwined to symbolize freedom of education, freedom to vote, and the freedom to control one's own destiny.  Inscriptions are CIVIL RIGHTS ACT OF 1964; SIGNED INTO LAW JULY 2, 1964; E PLURIBUS UNUM, ONE DOLLAR; and UNITED STATES OF AMERICA.  The reverse was designed by United States Mint Artistic Infusion Program artist Donna Weaver and sculpted by United States Mint Sculptor-Engraver Jim Licaretz."

The coins are featured in the same specifications as other modern commemorative silver dollars. This includes a composition of 90% silver with a diameter of 1.5 inches.

Surcharges are collected on the sale of each coin in the amount of $10. These surcharges are to be directed to the United Negro College Fund (UNCF) to carry out the purposes of the organization, as directed by the legislation which authorized the coins.

Introductory pricing is scheduled to end on February 3, 2014 at 3PM (Eastern). After that time, both coins will increase in price by $5.

These 2014 Civil Rights Act of 1964 Silver Dollars mark the first of two commemorative series to be issued by the US Mint this year. Later this year, the US Mint will release gold, silver and clad 2014 National Baseball Hall of Fame Commemorative Coins.

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