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2014 Civil Rights Dollar Coin

Started by kena, December 14, 2013, 04:34:14 PM

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The US Mint will be offering a Civil Rights anniversary coin in 2014.

Can't find news of final design but it will be offered in January.

2014 Civil Rights Act of 1964 Proof Silver Dollar    $49.95
2014 Civil Rights Act of 1964 Uncirculated Silver Dollar    $44.95



Guess it is safe to say that the coin will either be a combination of O-15 and R-08 (CFA and UNCF), or of O-10 and R-02 (CCAC). :) Maybe a little modified. But I agree - it is strange that the final design of a coin that is supposed to be issued next month has (apparently) not been published yet ...



Not thrilling but OK. While I prefer more abstract designs when it comes to commemorating such topics (anniversary of an act, etc.), the two committees and the mint apparently like this style better. Reminded me a little of the Boy Scouts piece which also had three people, but at least this one looks less military. The other side is fine, somewhat verbose as usual, but the silver $1 commems do provide a lot of space, so it works. :)



So here is the piece. The internet is a visual medium, after all. Quiz: how many civil rights do Americans have? Name the first ten.
Visit the website of The Royal Mint Museum.

See: The Royal Mint Museum.


I don't know about Civil Rights.

The first ten ammendments to the US Constitution are called the Bill of Rights.  There are a total of 27 amendments to the US Constitution.

Amendment I

Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press; or the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the Government for a redress of grievances.

Amendment II

A well regulated Militia, being necessary to the security of a free State, the right of the people to keep and bear Arms, shall not be infringed.

Amendment III

No Soldier shall, in time of peace be quartered in any house, without the consent of the Owner, nor in time of war, but in a manner to be prescribed by law.

Amendment IV

The right of the people to be secure in their persons, houses, papers, and effects, against unreasonable searches and seizures, shall not be violated, and no Warrants shall issue, but upon probable cause, supported by Oath or affirmation, and particularly describing the place to be searched, and the persons or things to be seized.

Amendment V

No person shall be held to answer for a capital, or otherwise infamous crime, unless on a presentment or indictment of a Grand Jury, except in cases arising in the land or naval forces, or in the Militia, when in actual service in time of War or public danger; nor shall any person be subject for the same offence to be twice put in jeopardy of life or limb; nor shall be compelled in any criminal case to be a witness against himself, nor be deprived of life, liberty, or property, without due process of law; nor shall private property be taken for public use, without just compensation.

Amendment VI

In all criminal prosecutions, the accused shall enjoy the right to a speedy and public trial, by an impartial jury of the State and district wherein the crime shall have been committed, which district shall have been previously ascertained by law, and to be informed of the nature and cause of the accusation; to be confronted with the witnesses against him; to have compulsory process for obtaining witnesses in his favor, and to have the Assistance of Counsel for his defence.

Amendment VII

In Suits at common law, where the value in controversy shall exceed twenty dollars, the right of trial by jury shall be preserved, and no fact tried by a jury, shall be otherwise re-examined in any Court of the United States, than according to the rules of the common law.

Amendment VIII

Excessive bail shall not be required, nor excessive fines imposed, nor cruel and unusual punishments inflicted.

Amendment IX

The enumeration in the Constitution, of certain rights, shall not be construed to deny or disparage others retained by the people.

Amendment X

The powers not delegated to the United States by the Constitution, nor prohibited by it to the States, are reserved to the States respectively, or to the people.



According to the punk rock group The Clash, we have three rights:

The right not to be killed. Murder is a crime, unless it is done by a policeman, or an aristocrat.

The right to food money, providing of course, you don't mind a little investigation, humiliation, and, if you cross your fingers, rehabilitation.

The right to free speech (as long as you're not dumb enough to actually try it).



Cynicism aside, there is a difference between human rights and civil rights. Human rights centre on the relation between the collective and the individual, recognising that the collective is stronger and therefore supplying safeguards to individuals. Civil rights concern the relations between individuals, usually focussing on discrimination by age, race, gender and religion. Rules against racial discrimination or part of, not the same as civil rights.

An unidentified coin is a piece of metal. An identified coin is a piece of history.