Commemorative Monday #1 – 2014 Civil Rights Act of 1964 Silver Dollar

(Photo from US Mint, used in accordance to their Photo Library policy)

On this Martin Luther King Jr. day, I thought I would focus on a 2014 commemorative silver dollar honoring the life of service that he led.  2014 was the 50th anniversary of the Civil Rights Act of 1964.  The Secretary of the Treasury authorized the minting of the $1 coin after consultation with the United Negro College Fund and review by the Citizens Coinage Advisory Committee.

Obverse:

  • 3 people in Civil Rights march
  • “Liberty”
  • “In God We Trust”
  • “2014”

Reverse

  • “Civil Rights Act of 1964”
  • “Signed into Law July 2 1964”
  • “E Pluribus Unum”
  • “One Dollar”
  • Mint Mark (Philadelphia only)

It also seems fitting that the coin be minted in 90% Silver and 10% Copper as 2014 was also the 50th anniversary of when silver was removed from coins intended for circulation.