October 20, 1996 The Black Revolutionary War Patriots Commemorative Silver Dollar was authorized by Public Law 104-329 to honor the Black Revolutionary War patriots and the 275th anniversary of the birth of the first black Revolutionary War patriot, Crispus Attucks.
Attucks was the first person killed by the British in the Boston Massacre of 1770. More than 5,000 African Americans fought in the Revolutionary War. The coin was available for purchase from the United States Mint from February 13, 1998 through December 31, 1998.
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