To commemorate the 275th anniversary of Crispus Attucks’ birth and to honor African American Revolutionaries, the US Mint issued a Black Revolutionary Silver Dollar. The Silver Dollar was issued on February 13, 1998.
There were more than 5,000 enslaved and free African Americans who fought for America’s independence from the British. Independence for the country arrived in 1776 but not for those enslaved African Americans who fought in the Independence War. Their descendants had to wait almost a century, until 1860 whenslavery was legally abolished.
The Crispus Attucks Silver Dollar
The obverse side of the coin (heads) shows Crispus Attucks and was designed by John Mercanti. The reverse side was designed by Ed Dwight and features the proposed Black Patriots Memorial.
A surcharge of $10 on each coin was used to establish a fund for the construction of the proposed Black Revolutionary War Patriots Memorial in Washington DC.