Little Rock Central High School Desegregation Silver Dollar

Commemorative Coin Programs

Coin Information

The United States Mint is proud to introduce its second commemorative coin for 2007. These silver dollars recognize and pay tribute to the strength, the determination and the courage displayed by African-American high school students in the fall of 1957.

In the landmark 1954 decision of Brown v. Board of Education of Topeka, Kansas, the United States Supreme Court declared racial segregation in the public schools of the United States of America was, indeed, unconstitutional. The events in Little Rock, Arkansas in 1957, was an important step in the country’s quest for racial equality in public education.

The Secretary of the Treasury is authorized to mint up to 500,000 silver dollars in commemoration of the 50th anniversary of the desegregation events at Little Rock Central High School, in Little Rock, Arkansas during the 1957-1958 school year. So important was the successful integration of this school to the American Civil Rights movement that Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. personally attended the 1958 commencement for the school’s first African American graduate.

Mintage Limit: 500,000 (across all product options)

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Recipient Organization: the Secretary of the Interior

According to the Act, "[s]urcharges collected through the sale of these coins are authorized to be paid to the Secretary of the Interior for the protection, preservation, and interpretation of resources and stories associated with Little Rock Central High School National Historic Site, including site improvements at Little Rock Central High School National Historic Site, development of interpretive and education programs and historic preservation projects, and the establishment of cooperative agreements to preserve or restore the historic character of the Park Street and Daisy L. Gatson Bates Drive corridors adjacent to the site."

Commemorative Coin Surcharges

Commemorative coin programs are created by acts of Congress to honor a person, place, or event. Surcharges from the sales of these coins help fund a variety of organizations and projects that benefit the public. Commemorative coins are only available from the United States Mint for a limited time, as specified by public law.

Characteristics

The obverse of this coin features a simple, yet powerful design depicting students, accompanied by an armed United States soldier, walking to school. The design includes nine stars, each symbolic of those who faced the violence and hatred of a segregated society unwilling to live by the words of its most important declaration, that "all men are created equal."

The reverse design for the Little Rock Central High School Desegregation Silver Dollar depicts the image of the school circa 1957. Designated a National Historic Site in 1998, the impressive structure still operates as an educational institution, dedicated to preparing today’s children to be tomorrow’s leaders.

Obverse Inscriptions

• LIBERTY
• DESEGREGATION IN EDUCATION
• 2007
• IN GOD WE TRUST

Reverse Inscriptions

• ONE DOLLAR
• E PLURIBUS UNUM
• LITTLE ROCK CENTRAL HIGH SCHOOL
• UNITED STATES OF AMERICA

Mint and Mint Mark

Specifications

Weight: 26.73 grams nominal

Diameter: 1.500 inches (+/- .003 inches)

Composition: 90% silver, 10% copper

Artist Information

Obverse
  • Sculptor: Charles L. Vickers
Reverse
  • Don Everhart, Sculptor-Engraver

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Content last reviewed June 1, 2016

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