The Pobjoy Mint has issued an ultra high relief silver coin
celebrating the 150th anniversary of America’s Civil Rights Act of 1866.
The Proof 2016 $10 piedfort coin, released on behalf of the British
Virgin Islands, features on the reverse an ultra high relief image
based on the famous Abraham Lincoln Memorial in Washington, and is
struck so that side of the coin is concave.
The Civil Rights Act of 1866 was the first United States federal law
to define U.S. citizenship and affirm that all citizens are equally
protected by law. It granted citizenship and the same rights already
enjoyed by white male citizens to all male persons in the United
States “without distinction of race or color, or previous condition of
slavery or involuntary servitude.”
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It was a natural extension of President Lincoln’s 1863 Emancipation
Proclamation and other initiatives he enacted before his assassination
in 1865. It was designed to protect the rights of African Americans,
including former slaves, and it laid the groundwork for the Civil
Rights movement a century later.
The statue in the Lincoln Memorial was carved by the Piccirilli
Brothers under supervision of the sculptor Daniel Chester French and
took four years to complete. The statue, which was originally intended
to be only 10 feet (3 meters) tall, finally stood at 19 feet (5.8
The ultra high relief, concave reverse coin was created on a
piedfort (double-thick) planchet and required multiple high-pressure
strikes, creating a deep design that is three-dimensional.
The British Virgin Islands coin’s obverse features an effigy of
Queen Elizabeth II.
The .999 fine silver $10 coin weighs 62.206 grams, measures 38.6
millimeters in diameter and has a mintage limit of 650 pieces.
It retails for $179 each and is shipped encapsulated in an acrylic
capsule for protection and housed in a special walnut-effect box with
a certificate of authenticity.
To order, visit the Pobjoy Mint website.