WASHINGTON — The United States Mint announced today the new reverse (tails side) design that Americans will see on the 2012 Native American $1 Coin. The theme for the design is “Trade Routes in the 17th Century.”
In keeping with the coin’s theme, the 2012 reverse design features a Native American and horse in profile, with horses running in the background, representing the historical spread of the horse. The design includes the required inscriptions UNITED STATES OF AMERICA and $1. The reverse was designed by United States Mint Artistic Infusion Program Master Designer Thomas Cleveland and sculpted by United States Mint Sculptor–Engraver Phebe Hemphill.
The obverse (heads side) design of the Native American $1 Coin will continue to feature the familiar “Sacagawea” design by sculptor Glenna Goodacre that has appeared on the coin since 2000. Inscriptions on the obverse are LIBERTY and IN GOD WE TRUST. The coins are minted in the distinctive golden color with the year, mint mark and E PLURIBUS UNUM incused on the edge.
The United States Mint, created by Congress in 1792, is the Nation’s sole manufacturer of legal tender coinage and is responsible for producing circulating coinage for the Nation to conduct its trade and commerce. The United States Mint also produces proof, uncirculated and commemorative coins; Congressional Gold Medals; and silver, gold and platinum bullion coins.