The 1998 Black Revolutionary War Patriots Silver Proof Dollar was issued to mark the 275th anniversary of the birth of Crispus Attucks. He was the first patriot killed during the Boston Massacre in 1770, one of the events leading up to the Revolutionary War. A portion of the surcharges would go towards a Black Patriots Memorial in Washington DC.
The obverse of the coin features a depiction of Crispus Attucks by John Mercanti. Notably, no likeness of Crispus Attucks actually survives, so the image represents what he may have looked like. The obverse inscriptions include “Liberty”, “In God We Trust”, “Crispus Attucks”, “1723-1770”, and the date of issue “1998”.
The reverse of the silver dollar presents a detail from the proposed Black Patriots Memorial. The bronze sculpture was designed by Ed Dwight, who is also given credit for the coin design. A Black Patriot family is depicted with inscriptions “United States of America”, “E Pluribus Unum”, and “One Dollar”.
The Black Revolutionary War Patriots Silver Dollar was minted at the San Francisco Mint. The coin is housed in a plastic capsule. This coin is proof quality, which means it meets the finest standards in the industry for both beauty and craftsmanship, carefully designed to represent the best possible versions of the original model.