CFA Reviews Designs for 2014 Civil Rights Act of 1964 Commemorative Silver Dollar | Silver Coins

CFA Reviews Designs for 2014 Civil Rights Act of 1964 Commemorative Silver Dollar

Under Public Law 110-451, the Secretary of the Treasury will mint and issue commemorative silver dollars to mark the semi-centennial of the enactment of the Civil Rights Act of 1964. The silver dollars will carry a maximum mintage of 350,000 pieces and might be issued only during the period beginning January 1, 2014 and ending December 31, 2014.

The authorizing legislation indicates that the styles for the silver dollar “shall be emblematic of the enactment of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 and its contribution to civil rights in America.” The coins are needed to carry the inscriptions “Liberty”, “In God We Trust”, “United States of America”,  “E Pluribus Unum”, the date “1964”, and an indication of the face value. Surcharges collected by way of the sale of commemorative coins are to be distributed to the United Negro College Fund to carry out the purposes of the Fund.

At a meeting held on July 18, 2013, the Commission of Fine Arts (CFA) was offered the chance to evaluation 15 various obverse and and ten diverse reverse style candidates provided by the United States Mint. The final styles for the commemorative coin will be chosen by the Treasury of the Secretary, weighing the recommendations and comments of the CFA and the Citizens Coinage Advisory Committee.

2014 Civil Rights Act of 1964 Silver Dollar recommendation

For the obverse, the CFA advisable alternative #15 which functions 3 people holding hands at a civil rights march with 1 man carrying a sign reading “We shall overcome”. This image is intended to be symbolic of all marches that helped to galvanize the civil rights movement.

The CFA did make some suggestions for modifications to the design, which includes reducing the text of “Liberty” and adjusting the composition to remove the protestor’s sign from the coin’s edge. They also supported a recommendation conveyed on behalf of the United Negro College Fund to boost the diversity of the men and women depicted.


For the reverse, the CFA suggested alternative #8 featuring a graduation cap and tassel. This design and style is intended to represent the initial thrust of the civil rights movement when the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People challenged the “separate but equal” doctrine with Brown v. Board of Education. The inscriptions “Freedom”, “Justice”, and “Equality” are utilized to indicate the cornerstone of the Civil Rights Act, which is that all must be treated equal regardless of race, color, religion, or nation origin. The partial quote “…for All of God’s Kids” is in reference to Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.’s “I Have a Dream” speech.

Whilst the CFA had cited this design as carrying the strongest theme, they did request as the substantial simplification of the competing graphic elements in the overly complex design.

The complete set of 15 obverse and 10 reverse design and style candidates offered by the United States Mint for the 1964 Civil Rights Act of 1964 Silver Dollar are shown below.

Obverse Design Candidates

CR64_O_01 CR64_O_02 CR64_O_03 CR64_O_04 CR64_O_05 CR64_O_06 CR64_O_07 CR64_O_08 CR64_O_09 CR64_O_10 CR64_O_11 CR64_O_12 CR64_O_13 CR64_O_14 CR64_O_15

Reverse Style Candidates

CR64_R_01 CR64_R_02 CR64_R_03 CR64_R_04 CR64_R_05 CR64_R_06 CR64_R_07 CR64_R_08 CR64_R_09 CR64_R_10

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