Rep. Melvin Watt D-NC Proposes Civil Rights Quarter Dollars

Civil rights leaders and events are the latest proposal for quarter dollar coin designs.

Rep. Watt D-NC introduced legislation to establish circulating quarter dollar coins with reverse designs that are emblematic of some forty prominent civil rights leaders and important events.

Selection of the leaders and events would be made by the Secretary of the Treasury in conjunction with the Black Caucus, Congressional Hispanic Caucus, and the Congressional Asian Pacific American Caucus. Five coin designs would be issued each year, the first thirty-two designs being completed within two years after the legislation is enacted, with the remaining coins to be completed within two years after the first coin is issued.

Coins would be issued in Uncirculated and Proof qualities as well as a silver composition of 90 percent silver with 10 percent copper.

A silver bullion coin duplicating the quarter dollar designs would be struck in a diameter of 3 inches and weighing 5 ounces, containing .999 fine silver. The coin’s fineness and weight would be incused in its edge.

Img 3525 – Among the suggested themes for the proposed Civil Rights quarter dollars are the Little Rock Nine, commemorated here on a 2008 silver dollar.