American Coin at American Indian Festival
by U.S. Mint
spectators in the Potomac Atrium of the
Smithsonian Institution's National Museum of the
American Indian (NMAI) eagerly watched today as
United States Mint Director Ed Moy and NMAI
Director Kevin Gover performed a ceremonial pour
of newly minted 2009 Native American $1 Coins
from an authentic handcrafted Native American
basket. The presentation of this new $1 coin was
part of the opening activities for NMAI's
three-day festival entitled, "Out of Many: A
Multicultural Festival of Music, Dance and
"With this coin, we hope to educate Americans,
as the museum does, on how Native Americans
helped make this country the premier food
producer in the world," Director Moy said.
The United States Mint released the new 2009
Native American $1 Coin on January 2, 2009. The
coin's obverse (heads side) design continues to
feature the familiar image of Sacagawea used
since 2000. Beginning in 2009, the coin's
reverse (tails side) will feature a new design
each year. The agriculturally themed design on
the 2009-dated coin depicts a Native American
woman planting seeds in a field of corn, beans
and squash, emblematic of the "Three Sisters"
method of planting.
The NMAI's three-day festival is part of
numerous presidential inaugural celebrations
planned throughout the Washington, D.C., area.
Festivities at the museum include music, dancing
and storytelling from a variety of cultural
traditions. Live performances will take place in
the NMAI's Potomac Atrium and other locations
throughout the museum.
Following the ceremony, Directors Moy and Gover
gave out newly minted 2009 Native American $1
Coins to each child 18 years old and younger.
Adults who attended the event exchanged their
paper currency for the $1 coin at the United
States Mint's Real Change Exchange Truck outside
The Native American $1 Coin Act of 2008-passed
by Congress and signed into law by President
George W. Bush-commemorates Native Americans for
their contributions to the history and
development of the United States. The coins will
be issued in chronological order of the events
or lives of the persons being featured on the
rotating reverse design until at least 2016.
To learn more about the Native American $1 Coin
Program, visit http://www.usmint.gov/mint_programs/nativeamerican/