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2007 Little Rock Central High School Desegregation Silver Dollar

CoinTrapTM Commentary: In 1954, the Supreme Court of the United States rendered the decision of Brown v. Board of Education of Topeka, Kansas. The power of the written word of the Highest Court in the land firmly declared that racial segregation in the public schools of the United States of America was unconstitutional.  Subsequently in 1957, events in Little Rock, Arkansas advanced the country’s efforts to achieve racial equality in public education.

The obverse of the coin depicts students walking to school with an armed United States soldier. The nine stars symbolize those who faced the violence and hatred of a segregated society. The reverse shows the image of the school as it appeared around 1957.  In 1998, the school was designated a National Historic Site, and still functions today as an educational institution.

Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. personally attended the 1958 commencement for the school’s first African American graduate.

Coin Value: What is the value of your Little Rock Central High Desegregation Silver Dollar coin?  It depends. (Say it isn’t so.) The Little Rock Central High Desegregation coin worth or value depends on these main factors: (1) your coin’s grade, (2) whether it is a proof coin (Deep Cameo or DCAM) having a mirror-like polished finish, and (3) scarcity/demand. Regarding your coin’s grade, it has become a standard in the field of numismatics (coin collecting) to grade coins on a point-scale from 1 (poor) to 70 (perfect). This is also referred to as the “Mint State” or just “MS” for short. Click here to find the up-to-date estimated value of your Little Rock Central High Desegregation Silver Dollar coin from the Professional Coin Grading Service (PCGS®), which takes all three factors mentioned above into account*. If you do not know the grade of your Little Rock Central High Desegregation Silver Dollar coin, you can take it to your local coin dealer and ask that they have it graded at one of the three major coin grading services.

2007 Little Rock Central High Desegregation Silver Dollar - Obverse

2007 Little Rock Central High Desegregation Silver Dollar - Reverse

Obverse - Little Rock Central High School Desegregation Commemorative Silver Dollar Coin

Designer: Richard Masters
Engraver: Charles Vickers

Reverse - Little Rock Central High School Desegregation Commemorative Silver Dollar  Coin

Designer: Don Everhart
Engraver: Don Everhart

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    LITTLE ROCK CENTRAL HIGH SCHOOL DESEGREGATION 50TH ANNIVERSARY
                             COMMEMORATIVE COIN ACT

    [[Page 119 STAT. 2676]]

    Public Law 109-146
    109th Congress
                                     An Act

    To require the Secretary of the Treasury to mint coins in commemoration
    of the 50th anniversary of the desegregation of the Little Rock Central
             High School in Little Rock, Arkansas, and for other
               purposes. <<NOTE: Dec. 22, 2005 -  [H.R. 358]>>

       Be it enacted by the Senate and House of Representatives of the
    United States of America in Congress assembled, <<NOTE: Little Rock
    Central High School Desegregation 50th Anniversary Commemorative Coin
    Act. 31 USC 5112 note.>>

    SECTION 1. SHORT TITLE.

       This Act may be cited as the ``Little Rock Central High School
    Desegregation 50th Anniversary Commemorative Coin Act''.

    SEC. 2. FINDINGS.

       Congress finds the following:
               (1) September 2007, marks the 50th anniversary of the
           desegregation of Little Rock Central High School in Little Rock,
           Arkansas.
               (2) In 1957, Little Rock Central High was the site of the
           first major national test for the implementation of the historic
           decision of the United States Supreme Court in Brown, et al. v.
           Board of Education of Topeka, et al., 347 U.S. 483 (1954).
               (3) The courage of the ``Little Rock Nine'' (Ernest Green,
           Elizabeth Eckford, Melba Pattillo, Jefferson Thomas, Carlotta
           Walls, Terrence Roberts, Gloria Ray, Thelma Mothershed, and
           Minnijean Brown) who stood in the face of violence, was
           influential to the Civil Rights movement and changed American
           history by providing an example on which to build greater
           equality.
               (4) The desegregation of Little Rock Central High by the 9
           African American students was recognized by Dr. Martin Luther
           King, Jr. as such a significant event in the struggle for civil
           rights that in May 1958, he attended the graduation of the first
           African American from Little Rock Central High School.
               (5) A commemorative coin will bring national and
           international attention to the lasting legacy of this important
           event.

    SEC. 3. COIN SPECIFICATIONS.

       (a) Denominations.--The Secretary of the Treasury (hereinafter in
    this Act referred to as the ``Secretary'') shall mint and issue not more
    than 500,000 $1 coins each of which shall--
               (1) weigh 26.73 grams;
               (2) have a diameter of 1.500 inches; and
               (3) contain 90 percent silver and 10 percent copper.

    [[Page 119 STAT. 2677]]

       (b) Legal Tender.--The coins minted under this Act shall be legal
    tender, as provided in section 5103 of title 31, United States Code.
       (c) Numismatic Items.--For purposes of section 5136 of title 31,
    United States Code, all coins minted under this Act shall be considered
    to be numismatic items.

    SEC. 4. DESIGN OF COINS.

       (a) Design Requirements.--The design of the coins minted under this
    Act shall be emblematic of the desegregation of the Little Rock Central
    High School and its contribution to civil rights in America.
       (b) Designation and Inscriptions.--On each coin minted under this
    Act there shall be--
               (1) a designation of the value of the coin;
               (2) an inscription of the year ``2007''; and
               (3) inscriptions of the words ``Liberty'', ``In God We
           Trust'', ``United States of America'', and ``E Pluribus Unum''.

       (c) Selection.--The design for the coins minted under this Act shall
    be--
               (1) selected by the Secretary after consultation with the
           Commission of Fine Arts; and
               (2) reviewed by the Citizens Coinage Advisory Committee
           established under section 5135 of title 31, United States Code.

    SEC. 5. ISSUANCE OF COINS.

       (a) Quality of Coins.--Coins minted under this Act shall be issued
    in uncirculated and proof qualities.
       (b) Commencement of Issuance.--The Secretary may issue coins minted
    under this Act beginning January 1, 2007, except that the Secretary may
    initiate sales of such coins, without issuance, before such date.
       (c) Termination of Minting Authority.--No coins shall be minted
    under this Act after December 31, 2007.

    SEC. 6. SALE OF COINS.

       (a) Sale Price.--Notwithstanding any other provision of law, the
    coins issued under this Act shall be sold by the Secretary at a price
    equal to the sum of the face value of the coins, the surcharge required
    under section 7(a) for the coins, and the cost of designing and issuing
    such coins (including labor, materials, dies, use of machinery, overhead
    expenses, and marketing).
       (b) Bulk Sales.--The Secretary shall make bulk sales of the coins
    issued under this Act at a reasonable discount.
       (c) Prepaid Orders at a Discount.--
               (1) In general.--The Secretary shall accept prepaid orders
           for the coins minted under this Act before the issuance of such
           coins.
               (2) Discount.--Sale prices with respect to prepaid orders
           under paragraph (1) shall be at a reasonable discount.

    SEC. 7. SURCHARGES.

       (a) Surcharge Required.--All sales shall include a surcharge of $10
    per coin.
       (b) Distribution.--Subject to section 5134(f) of title 31, United
    States Code, and subsection (d), all surcharges which are received by
    the Secretary from the sale of coins issued under this Act shall be
    promptly paid by the Secretary to the Secretary of the

    [[Page 119 STAT. 2678]]

    Interior for the protection, preservation, and interpretation of
    resources and stories associated with Little Rock Central High School
    National Historic Site, including the following:
               (1) Site improvements at Little Rock Central High School
           National Historic Site.
               (2) Development of interpretive and education programs and
           historic preservation projects.
               (3) 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.

       (c) Limitation.--Notwithstanding subsection (a), no surcharge may be
    included with respect to the issuance under this Act of any coin during
    a calendar year if, as of the time of such issuance, the issuance of
    such coin would result in the number of commemorative coin programs
    issued during such year to exceed the annual 2 commemorative coin
    program issuance limitation under section 5112(m)(1) of title 31, United
    States Code (as in effect on the date of the enactment of this Act). The
    Secretary of the Treasury may issue guidance to carry out this
    subsection.
       (d) Creditable Funds.--Notwithstanding any other provision of the
    law and recognizing the unique partnership nature of the Department of
    the Interior and the Little Rock School District at the Little Rock
    Central High School National Historic Site and the significant
    contributions made by the Little Rock School District to preserve and
    maintain the historic character of the high school, any non-Federal
    funds expended by the school district (regardless of the source of the
    funds) for improvements at the Little Rock Central High School National
    Historic Site, to the extent such funds were used for the purposes
    described in paragraph (1), (2), or (3) of subsection (b), shall be
    deemed to meet the requirement of funds from private sources of section
    5134(f)(1)(A)(ii) of title 31, United States Code, with respect to the
    Secretary of the Interior.

       Approved December 22, 2005.

    LEGISLATIVE HISTORY--H.R. 358:
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    HOUSE REPORTS: No. 109-134, Pt. 1 (Comm. on Financial Services).
    CONGRESSIONAL RECORD, Vol. 151 (2005):
               June 27, considered and passed House.
               Nov. 18, considered and passed Senate, amended.
               Dec. 18, House concurred in Senate amendment.
     

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