★★★★★ Native American / Sacagawea One Dollar Coins ★★★★★

2000 - 2008 Type 1 Native American $1 Coin

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2000-S Sacagawea Dollar 2000-S Sacagawea Dollar Coin reverse

Eagle Reverse
Type 1 (2000 2008)

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.

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 carrying 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 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".


Type 1 Sacagawea Dollar Design

Obverse Designer: Glenna Goodacre
Reverse Designer: Thomas D. Rogers Sr
Cladding Content: 77% copper 12% zinc 7% manganese 4% nickel
Core Content: 100% copper
Weight: 8.1 grams
Diameter: 26.5 millimeters
Edge: Plain
Type 1 Eagle Reverse Sacagawea Dollar Mintage

Date/Mint Circulation Strikes Date/Mint Circulation Strikes
2000-P 767,140,000 2000-D 518,916,000
2001-P 62,468,000 2001-D 70,939,500
2002-P 3,865,610 2002-D 3,732,000
2003-P 3,080,000 2003-D 3,080,000
2004-P 2,660,000 2004-D 2,660,000
2005-P 2,520,000 2005-D 2,520,000
2006-P 4,900,000 2006-D 2,800,000
2007-P 3,640,000 2007-D 3,920,000
2008-P 1,820,000 2008-D 1,820,000

2009 Type 2 Reverse Native American $1 Coin

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2009 Native American Dollar Three Sisters Coin

Three Sisters
Type 2 (2009)

Date MintCirculation Strikes
Type 2 Three Sisters
Reverse DesignerNorman E. Nemeth

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.

The 2009 Type 2 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 agriculture.

2010 Type 3 Reverse Native American $1 Coin

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2010 Sacagawea Dollar Hiawatha Belt Coin Reverse

Hiawatha Belt
Type 3 (2010)

Date MintCirculation Strikes
Type 3 Hiawatha Belt
Reverse DesignerThomas Cleveland

The Type 3 2010 Native American $1 Coin reverse design honors the Iroquois Confederacy. The five tribes that made up the Confederacy 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.

2011 Type 4 Reverse Native American $1 Coin

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2011 Sacagaawea Dollar Coin with Peace Pipe

Peace Pipe
Type 4 (2011)

Date MintCirculation Strikes
Type 4 Peace Pipe
Reverse DesignerRichard Masters

The theme of this 2011 Type 4 coin is: "Supreme Sachem Ousamequin, Massasoit of the Great Wampanoag Nation Creates Alliance with Settlers at Plymouth Bay (1621)."

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. In the treaty, if someone from the Wampanoag broke the peace, he would be sent to Plymouth settlers for punishment; if a settler broke the treaty, he would be sent to the Wampanoags for punishment.

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.