2014 Civil Rights Act of 1964 Silver Dollar Designs Reviewed by CCAC | Silver Coins

2014 Civil Rights Act of 1964 Silver Dollar Designs Reviewed by CCAC

The Citizens Coinage Advisory Committee lately reviewed design candidates provided by the United States Mint for the commemorative coin to be issued subsequent year to mark the semi-centennial of the enactment of the Civil Rights Act of 1964. The US Mint presented 15 different obverse and 10 different reverse design and style candidates for the upcoming silver dollar.

CFA Recommendations

The design and style candidates had been previously reviewed by the Commission of Fine Arts who produced a recommendation for an obverse design and style depicting three men and women holding hands at a civil rights march intended to be symbolic of all marches that helped to galvanize the civil rights movement. For the reverse, the CFA had suggested a design and style featuring a graduation cap and tassel to represent the initial thrust of the movement to challenge the “separate but equal” doctrine. The CFA’s suggested obverse and reverse designs have been also the preferences of the United Negro College Fund, who will be the beneficiary of surcharges raised from the coin system.

To begin the CCAC’s discussion of the styles, Chairman Gary Marks known as emphasis to the design and style requirements as stated in the authorizing legislation for the plan, which indicate that the coins shall be emblematic of the enactment of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 and its contribution to civil rights in America. As such, he sought designs that would commemorate the act itself as well as its contribution to the nation, “and that contribution is something that could not have happened prior to its enactment.” Though he acknowledged the significance of the protests depicted across several of the design candidates, he felt that they did not commemorate the act or its continuing contribution to the nation, as specified in the legislation.


Mr. Marks expressed his appreciation for obverse design #ten, which depicts the March of Washington facing east inside a silhouette of the Liberty Bell with reverberating bands and the inscription “Let Freedom Ring” which is quoted repeatedly in Dr. Martin Luther King’s “I Have a Dream” speech. He felt that the reverberating bell sent a effective message about the how the Act genuinely produced a distinction that is reverberating through time. He liked the throng of people by the reflecting pool, which would have been Martin Luther King’s view from the Lincoln Memorial, and the rays beyond the Washington Monument, which represent the dawn of the vibrant day of justice as quoted by Dr. King in his speech.


From the reverse design candidates, Mr. Marks favored design and style #2, which depicts three flames intertwined to symbolize freedom of education, freedom to vote, and the freedom to manage one’s destiny. The design was created primarily based on the quote by Dr. King, “They get the fire hose. They fail to understand that water can only put out physical fire. But water can in no way drown the fire of freedom.”

Several other members of the CCAC echoed Mr. Marks’ appreciation for obverse style #10, citing it as a stunning design, which conveyed the intended theme in an symbolic manner, and reverse design and style #2, with suggestions that the cauldron should be enlarged or emphasized. Favorable comments or help were also expressed for obverse style #4 and #15 as properly as reverse style #4, #8, #9, and #ten.

In the finish, votes for the design and style candidates have been as follows:

Obverse 1: pointsObverse 6: pointsObverse 11:1 point
Obverse 2: pointsObverse 7: pointsObverse 12:3 points
Obverse 3:1 pointObverse 8:7 pointsObverse 13: points
Obverse four:12 pointsObverse 9: pointsObverse 14: points
Obverse 5:1 pointObverse 10:24 pointsObverse 15:15 points
Reverse 1:five pointsReverse 6: points
Reverse two:25 pointsReverse 7: points
Reverse three: pointsReverse eight:four points
Reverse 4:11 pointsReverse 9:five points
Reverse 5: pointsReverse 10:4 points

Accordingly, the official suggestions of the CCAC have been for obverse #10 and reverse #two. Motions had been produced and passed unanimously to created the reduce inscription “In God We Trust” on the obverse curved rather than straight and to give the cauldron appearing on the reverse design and style a more pronounced presence within the design.

The full set of 15 obverse and 10 reverse design candidates supplied by the United States Mint for the 2014 Civil Rights Act of 1964 Silver Dollar are shown under.

Obverse Design and style 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 Design 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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