Struck in both proof and uncirculated condition, the 2007 Little Rock Silver Dollars were the second commemorative silver coins issued by the United States Mint in 2007. The commemorative coins were released on May 15, 2007.
The Little Rock Silver Dollars were created to honor the nine individuals who faced adversity in order to become the first African-American students to attend Little Rock Central High School, in Little Rock, Arkansas following the United States Supreme Court decision declaring racial segregation in public schools as unconstitutional. Known as the 1954 Brown v. Board of Education of Topeka, Kansas, the decision paved the way for a Civil Rights movement that was still in its infancy.
Little Rock Silver Dollar Information
Authorized by the Little Rock Central High School Desegregation 50th Anniversary Commemorative Coin Act (Public Law 109-146), a maximum of 500,000 silver dollars were allowed to be produced. Those minted featured specifications typical of modern commemorative silver dollars, including a composition of 90% silver with a diameter of 1.5 inches.
The coins commemorating the 50th anniversary of the desegregation of Little Rock Central High School featured a design showing the legs and feet of students escorted by a United States soldier and walking towards the school, much like actually occurred. Nine stars are shown above the image representative of the African-American students, known as the Little Rock Nine, who made those famous steps. The inscriptions LIBERTY, IN GOD WE TRUST, 2007 and DESEGREGATION IN EDUCATION are also shown. It was designed by United States Mint Artistic Infusion Program Master Designer Richard Masters and sculpted by United States Mint Sculptor-Engraver Charles Vickers.
On the reverse, an image of the Little Rock Central High School, circa 1957, is showcased along with the inscriptions LITTLE ROCK CENTRAL HIGH SCHOOL, ONE DOLLAR, E PLURIBUS UNUM, UNITED STATES OF AMERICA and the mintmark of "P" for Philadelphia. It was designed and sculpted by United States Mint Sculptor-Engraver Don Everhart.
$10 surcharges collected on the sale of each coin by the US Mint were forwarded to the Secretary of the Interior to help with the "protection, preservation, and interpretation of resources and stories associated with Little Rock Central High School National Historic Site."
Little Rock Silver Dollar Commemorative Coin Specifications
|Composition:||90% silver, 10% copper|
|Total Estimated Mintage:||500,000 across all product options|
|Minting Facility:||Philadelphia (P)|
|Obverse Design:||Feet of the Little Rock Nine escorted by a soldier|
|Obverse Designer /
|Richard Masters /
|Reverse Design:||Image of Little Rock Central High School|
|Reverse Designer / Sculptor:||Don Everhart|