Sacagawea Coin Design Image
releases 2009 Native American $1 Coin design on
Native American Heritage Day
The United States Mint on Friday helped to
celebrate Native American Heritage Day by
unveiling the design image for the new 2009
Sacagawea $1 coin, officially entitled the
"Native American $1 Coin." The dollar will begin
circulating in January along with the first 2009
Presidential $1 Coin.
The new reverse designed by U.S. Mint
Sculptor-Engraver Norman E. Nemeth depicts a
Native American woman planting seeds in a field
of corn, beans and squash. The scene represents
the Three Sisters method of planting.
The coin features the same image of Sacagawea on
the obverse, or "heads" side, which was first
introduced in 2000. Sacagawea was a young
Shoshone woman who accompanied Meriwether Lewis
and William Clark on their historic
expedition-by sculptor Glenna Goodacre.
"We are proud to produce the Native American $1
Coin," said United States Mint Director Ed Moy.
"When Americans use this coin, we hope they
reflect on the tremendous contributions Native
Americans have made, and continue to make, to
New $1 coins were authorized by Congress through
the Native American $1 Coin Act, which was
signed into law in September 2007. The act
mandates a new design each year, and an equal
representative 20 percent mintage like each of
the four yearly Presidential $1 coins. Like
these coins, the new Sacagawea’s also now has
mandated edge-incused inscriptions.
While many collectors have become fond of the
new Presidential $1 coins since their release in
2007, their use in daily transactions is an
uncommon occurrence. Nearly 500 million of the
coins will have been minted in 2008, compared to
over 940 million in 2007.
The presidential coin series, like the Sacagawea
and Susan B. Anthony dollar programs before, has
failed against the popularity of dollar bills.
If past tradition holds, the latest Native
American $1 Coin is likely to be most
appreciated by collectors, and rarely seen in