WASHINGTON — The United States Mint will open sales for collectible rolls of the 2012 Native American $1 Coin on April 26, at noon Eastern Time (ET). The rolls, priced at $32.95 each, contain 25 circulating quality Native American $1 Coins from either the United States Mint facility at Philadelphia or Denver. The coins are wrapped in distinctive packaging bearing the mintage year, the mint of origin, the dollar value of the contents and the United States Mint logo.
Also on April 26, the United States Mint is offering two new Native American $1 Coin products for sale. A $1 Coin 250–Coin Box priced at $275.95 each and a $1 Coin 500–Coin Box priced at $550.95 each will be available. The boxes include circulating quality 2012 Native American $1 Coins from either the United States Mint facility at Philadelphia or Denver (“P” or “D” mint mark). In addition to the standard shipping and handling fee of $4.95 added to all domestic orders, there is an additional shipping charge of $7.95 per box of 500 coins due to its weight.
Customers may place their orders at http://www.usmint.gov/catalog or 1–800–USA–MINT (872–6468). Hearing– and speech–impaired customers with TTY equipment may order by calling 1–888–321–MINT (6468). Domestic orders will be assessed a shipping and handling fee of $4.95.
The theme for the 2012 Native American $1 Coin is “Trade Routes in the 17th Century.” The coin’s reverse (tails side) 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 coin’s obverse (heads side) design remains the familiar “Sacagawea” design by sculptor Glenna Goodacre, introduced in 2000. Inscriptions are LIBERTY and IN GOD WE TRUST. Like the Presidential $1 Coins, the Native American $1 Coins are minted in the distinctive golden color with edge–lettering of the year, mint mark and E PLURIBUS UNUM.
Public Law 110–82–the Native American $1 Coin Act–authorizes the United States Mint to mint and issue $1 coins featuring reverse designs that celebrate the important contributions of Indian tribes and individual Native Americans to the history and development of the U.S. The first coin in the series, issued in 2009, depicts a Native American woman planting seeds in a field of corn, beans and squash. The second, issued in 2010, depicts the Hiawatha Belt with five arrows bound together. The third coin, issued in 2011, depicts the hands of the Supreme Sachem Ousamequin Massasoit and Governor John Carver, symbolically offering the ceremonial peace pipe after the initiation of the first formal written peace alliance between the Wampanoag tribe and the European settlers.
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.
Note: To ensure that all members of the public have fair and equal access to United States Mint products, orders placed prior to the official on–sale date and time of April 26, 2012, noon ET shall not be deemed accepted by the United States Mint and will not be honored. For more information, please review the United States Mint’s Frequently Asked Questions, Answer ID #175.