2014 Civil Rights Act of 1964 Silver Dollars – Designs and Prices
Designs, prices, a release date and unique finishes for the 2014-P Civil Rights Act of 1964 Silver Dollars were revealed this week by the United States Mint.
Beginning at 12:00 noon Eastern Time on January 2, 2014, the US Mint will begin selling the uncirculated silver dollar for $44.95 and the proof silver dollar for $49.95. The proof is enhanced with a combination of multiple finishes that the Mint describes as a first. The prices are introductory with regular prices rising by $5 after 3 p.m. on February 3, 2014.
Authorized by Public Law 110-451 to commemorate the semicentennial of the enactment of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, up to 350,000 of the silver coins may be sold. Collector demand will determine the ratio of uncirculated to proof coins.
Three people holding hands on the coin’s obverse or heads side symbolize the marches that helped galvanize the civil rights movement. One of them has a sign reading WE SHALL OVERCOME. Justin Kunz crafted the design with its sculpting completed by Phebe Hemphill.
Three intertwined flames on the reverse or tails side of the silver coins symbolize freedom of education, freedom to vote and the freedom to control one’s own destiny. It is the reverse that has the enhanced proof finishes.
"The flame is mirror polished; the field under the flame incorporates a combination of light polishing and a light laser frost texture; the lettering and torch have a heavy laser frost texture; and the circular ring with text has an accenting polish," notes the Mint.
The reverse design was created by Donna Weaver with the sculpting done by Jim Licaretz.
Like other modern commemorative silver coins, each is composed from 90% silver and 10% copper, weigh 26.73 grams and have a diameter of 1.5 inches. They are produced at the United States Mint facility in Philadelphia.
Product pages for both commemorative coins were published Friday by the US Mint. When they launch, they may be ordered at www.usmint.gov/catalog. There will be no household ordering limits.