Native American $1 Coin Lesson Plans

2018 Native American $1 Coin - Jim Thorpe obverse and reverseThe Native American $1 Coin Program brings the history of Native Americans to life. Slated to last at least as long as the 10-year Presidential $1 Coin Program, a series of designs will be released, one each year, depicting Native American people and events that helped to shape the United States. The order of the designs will be as close as possible to the order in which the events happened.

The number of $1 coins made every year (including both Presidential and Native American) will be based on the nation’s needs for this coin. Of the total number of $1 coins produced every year, at least 20 percent will be the Native American design for that year.

To find out more about these coins, check out our kids page on the U.S. Mint H.I.P. Pocket Change website.

Lesson Plans

Year coin issued: 2018 | 2017 | 2016 | 2015 | 2014 | 2013 | 2012 | 2011 | 2010 | 2009


The 2018 Native American $1 Coin honors Olympian and athlete Jim Thorpe.


The 2017 Native American $1 Coin commemorates Sequoyah, inventor of the Cherokee Syllabary.


The 2016 Native American $1 Coin commemorates the contributions of the Native American Code Talkers in World War I and World War II.


The 2015 Native American $1 Coin commemorates the contributions of the Kahnawake Mohawk and Mohawk Akwesasne communities to “high iron” construction work and the building of New York City skyscrapers.


The 2014 Native American $1 Coin commemorates the Native American hospitality that ensured the success of the Lewis and Clark Expedition.


The 2013 Native American $1 Coin commemorates the Treaty with the Delawares of 1778.


The 2012 Native American $1 Coin commemorates trade routes in the 17th Century.


The 2011 Native American $1 Coin commemorates the Wampanoag Treaty of 1621.


The 2010 Native American $1 Coin commemorates government and the Great Tree of Peace.


The 2009 Native American $1 Coin commemorates the Three Sisters of Agriculture.

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