In 2014, the United States is honoring the 50th anniversary of the enactment of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 with the minting and issuing of a commemorative coin by the United States Mint. The coin’s designs are emblematic of the enactment of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 and its contribution to civil rights in America.
The obverse (heads side) design features three people holding hands at a civil rights march. The man holds a sign that reads “We Shall Overcome.” The design is symbolic of all marches that helped galvanize the civil rights movement.
The reverse (tails) design features three flames intertwined to symbolize the freedom of education, freedom to vote and freedom to control one’s own destiny. The design was inspired by the following quote by Martin Luther King, Jr.: “They get the fire hose. They fail to realize that water can only put out physical fire. But water can never drown the fire of freedom.”
Both designs were selected by the Secretary of the Treasury on September 13, 2013, after consultation with the United Negro College Fund and the U.S. Commission of Fine Arts and review by the Citizens Coinage Advisory Committee.
- IN GOD WE TRUST
- CIVIL RIGHTS ACT OF 1964
- SIGNED INTO LAW JULY 2, 1964
- E PLURIBUS UNUM
- ONE DOLLAR
- UNITED STATES OF AMERICA
Mint and Mint Mark
Weight: 26.730 grams nominal
Composition: 90 percent silver; 10 percent copper
Diameter: 1.5000 inches (±0.003) or 38.10 mm (±0.08)
Mintage Limit: 350,000 across all product options