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Obverse of the Native American $1
Coin
Obverse of the Native American dollar.


Reverse design from the Native American $1 Coin Program.


Specifications

Native American $1 Coin

Other Circulating Coins:
Penny  |  Nickel  |  Dime  |   Quarter  |   Half Dollar  |   Presidential $1

Current Designs

Obverse (heads): The central figure of the "Sacagawea" design first produced in 2000.  Inscriptions are LIBERTY and IN GOD WE TRUST.

Common Reverse (tails): Changes each year under the Native American $1 Coin Program to honor an important contribution of Indian tribes or individual Native Americans.  Required inscriptions are $1, UNITED STATES OF AMERICA.

Edge: Incused inscriptions of the year, mint mark, and E PLURIBUS UNUM.

History

The word "dollar" comes from the German word "Thaler," a large silver German coin.  The dollar was one of the first silver coins made, in 1794.  Since then the dollar coin has been minted periodically with different versions of Liberty and other individuals on the obverse, including those of President Dwight D. Eisenhower (1971-1978) and suffragist Susan B. Anthony (1979-1981, 1999), and Sacagawea in 2000.  The current Native American $1 Coin Program launched in 2009.

During the years of the current program that correspond with the Presidential $1 Coin Program, Native American $1 Coins will be issued, to the extent possible, in the chronological order in which the Native Americans depicted lived or the events recognized occurred.

Following the conclusion of the Presidential $1 Coin Program, the Native American $1 Coins will be issued in any order determined to be appropriate after consultation with the U.S. Senate Committee on Indian Affairs, the Congressional Native American Caucus of the U.S. House of Representatives, National Congress of American Indians, and after public review by the Citizens Coinage Advisory Committee.

Learn more about the Native American $1 Coin Program and view designs.

Production figures for circulating coins by denomination are updated monthly.


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