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Sacagawea Dollar 2000 to Present

When enough time had passed, Congress finally overcome the embarrassment caused by the Anthony Dollar. The idea of a dollar coin was once again introduced in Congress. Congress and the U. S. Mint were determined not to make the same mistake with this new coin that the Anthony Dollar had experienced. This time, its resemblance to the quarter, was addressed from the outset. The "United States Dollar Coin Act of 1997," was specifically required to have "tactile and visual features . . . that make the coin discernible, and distinctive so as not to be confused with the quarter . . ."

Vital Stats.

Eagle Reverse (2000 - 2008)

Designer: Obverse by Glenna Goodacre,
reverse by Thomas D. Rogers Sr
Weight: 8.1 grams
Diameter: 26.5 millimeters
Edge: Plain
Content: Cladding: 77% copper 12% zinc 7% manganese 4% nickel - Core: 100% copper
Mint Mark Location: Below the date on the obverse.

No "I View" Grading

Type 1 Mintage

† Goodacre Presentation Finish

‡ 39 of these coins were struck in 22K gold. 27 were melted and the other 12 were never released.

Type 1
Sacagawea Dollar

2000-S Sacagawea Dollar Coin Obverse 2000-S Sacagawea Dollar Coin Reverse

A new design had been selected for the new dollar coin. It was to depict the young Shoshone woman who acted as a guide and interpreter for the Lewis and Clark Expedition of 1804-06. Sacagawea (pronounced Sa-CAG-a-wea), was her name. She is looking back over her shoulder while carring her infant Jean Baptiste. No portrait of her from life are known, so, a model from the same tribe was recruited. Her name is Randy'L Teton. The obverse was designed on its obverse by New Mexico sculptor Glenna Goodacre.

The reverse depicts a American eagle flying amidst seventeen stars (representing the number of states at the time of the Lewis and Clark exploration). It was designed by U. S. Mint Sculptor/Engraver Thomas D. Rogers, Sr.

Since the Mint's usage of the term "golden dollar" to describe this coin, many have come to believe it actually contains gold! It is actually comprised of two outside layers of manganese brass bonded to a core of pure copper. This alloy terms to a dark mustard color shortly after being circulated. The color change is scarcely known, except to coin collectors, since few are in everyday circulation.

The edge of the coins bears the Date, Mintmark and the inscription "E PLURIBUS UNUM".



Spread of Three Sisters Reverse (2009)

Designer: Obverse by Glenna Goodacre, reverse by Norman E. Nemeth
Weight: 8.1 grams
Diameter: 26.5 millimeters
Edge: Inscribed with date and mint mark
Content: Cladding: 77% copper 12% zinc 7% manganese 4% nickel. Core: 100% copper
Mint Mark Location: Below the date on the obverse.
Year/Mint Circulation
Strikes
2009 P 37,380,000
2009 D 33,880,000

Beginning in 2009 the reverse of the Sacagawea was scheduled to change annually. Each change is intended to memorialize Native Americans and "the important contributions made by Indian tribes and individual Native Americans to the development of the United States.

Type 2
Spread of Three Sisters Reverse (2009)

2009 Sacagawea Dollar Coin Obverse 2009 Native American planting corn Dollar Coin Reverse

The 2009 Native American $1 Coin is based on the theme of agriculture. In Native American culture, agriculture was a important subject. They emphasizes living with the land and understanding the surrounding natural resources.

The coins reverse features a Native American woman planting seeds in a field of corn, beans and squash and the inscriptions UNITED STATES OF AMERICA and $1.

When Europeans first arrived in America, one important benefit of their relationships with Native Americans was sharing agricultural information. The colonists would not have survived without the support and knowledge gained from Native American agricultural techniques.

Native Americans practiced crop rotation, round cropping, hybridizations, seed development, irrigation methods and many other techniques still used in modern agraculture.



Hiawatha Belt Reverse (2010)

Content:
Cladding: 77% copper 12% zinc 7% manganese 4% nickel
Core: 100% copper
Weight: 8.1 grams
Diameter: 26.5 millimeters
Edge: Inscribed with date and mint mark
Designer: Obverse by Glenna Goodacre,
reverse by Thomas Cleveland

Type 3
Hiawatha Belt Reverse (2010)

2010 Sacagawea Dollar Coin Obverse 2010 Sacagawea Dollar Coin Reverse

The 2010 Native American $1 Coin reverse design honors the Iroquois Confederacy. The five tribes that made up the Confederace were joined by a single constitution in the 1400s. Located in upstate New York, the confederation had great influence on American political thinking. The concepts of equality, democratic and self government existed on the North American continent within the Confederacy long before the founding of the United States.

The coin's reverse design is based on the theme, "Government-the Great Tree of Peace." It depicts a Hiawatha Belt with five arrows bound together, (symbolic of the five tribes of the confederacy). The design also includes the inscriptions UNITED STATES OF AMERICA, $1, HAUDENOSAUNEE and GREAT LAW OF PEACE.



Vital Stats.

Content:
Cladding: 77% copper 12% zinc 7% manganese 4% nickel
Core: 100% copper
Weight: 8.1 grams
Diameter: 26.5 millimeters
Edge: Inscribed with date and mint mark
Designer: obverse Glenda Goodacre,
reverse Richard Masters
Engraver: Joseph Menna

Type 4
Sacagawea 2011 - Peace Pipe

The theam of this 2011 coin is: "Supreme Sachem Ousamequin, Massasoit of the Great Wampanoag Nation Creates Alliance with Settlers at Plymouth Bay (1621)."

2010 Sacagawea Dollar Coin Obverse 2011 Sacagaawea Dollar Coin Peace Pipe Reverse

The design on the reverse depicts the hands of the Supreme Sachem Ousamequin Massasoit and Governor John Carver, offering the ceremonial peace pipe after the signing of one of the first treaties establishing a mutual alliance between settlers and Native Americans in what later became the United States of America. The signing was between the Puritan settlers at Plymouth and the Massasoit of the Pokanoket Wampanoag in 1621.

Within most Native American cultures, the peace maker was as highly prized as leaders in war. Most of these tribes had a peace chief and a war chief.



Type 5
2012 Native American - Trade Routes of the 17th Century

2010 Sacagawea Dollar Coin Obverse 2011 Sacagaawea Dollar Coin Trade Routs of the 17th Century Reverse

The 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.



Grading Standards

  • MS63 Select Uncirculated - No trace of wear. Light blemishes. Attractive mint luster.
  • MS65 Choice Uncirculated - Only light scattered contact marks that are not distracting.
  • PF63 - Reflective surfaces with only a few blemishes in secondary focal places. No major flaws.
  • PF65 - Choice Brilliant surfaces with no noticeable blemishes or flaws. May have a few scattered barely noticeable marks or hairlines.
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