2013 Native American $1 Dollar Design Image

by Darrin Lee Unser on November 26, 2012 · 8 comments

A new reverse design for the 2013 Native American $1 coin was unveiled by the United States Mint last week. The dollar design represents the theme of "The Delaware Treaty (1778)."

2013 Native American Dollar Design

United States Mint Image of the 2013 Native American $1 Coin Design – Click Image to Enlarge

Expected to debut early next year on new $1 coins, the design marks the fifth in a series of annually changing reverses to appear on Native American coinage. Congress mandated rotating dollar designs with the passage of the Native American $1 Coin Act.

Reverse designs are required to celebrate the "important contributions made by Indian tribes and individual Native Americans to the development of the United States and the history of the United States," under the terms of the Act that is Public Law 110-82.

First introduced on the dollar in 2009, its theme and those that followed are offered below:

  • 2009 – Three Sisters of Agriculture (depicting a Native American woman planting seeds of corn, beans and squash)
  • 2010 – Great Tree of Peace and the Iroquois Confederacy (offered the image of a Hiawatha Belt with five arrows bound together)
  • 2011 – Great Wampanoag Nation (shows the hands of the Supreme Sachem Ousamequin Massasoit and Governor John Carver)
  • 2012 – Trade Routes in the 17th Century (a Native American and horse is shown in the foreground with running horses in the background)

2012 Native American $1 Dollar Coin

The Theme for the 2012 Native American Dollar Design was ‘Trade Routes in the 17th Century’ – – Click Image to Enlarge

2013 Native American dollars feature a reverse design that is emblematic of the Delaware Treaty of 1778. After having declared independence just a few years before, the first formal treaty signed in the name of the United States was with an Indian tribe, the Delaware, at Fort Pitt (now Pittsburgh) on September 17, 1778.

To signify that treaty, the dollar design shows images of a turkey, howling wolf and turtle. These three creatures are symbols of the clans of the Delaware Tribe. A string of thirteen stars surround the design representing the thirteen original colonies.

2011 Native American 1 Dollar Coin

The Theme for 2011 Native American Dollar Design was 'Diplomacy -- Treaties with Tribal Nations'

Inscriptions surrounding the scene include TREATY WITH THE DELAWARES, 1778 and the standard annual inscriptions of UNITED STATES OF AMERICA and $1.

U.S. Mint Artistic Infusion Program Master Designer Susan Gamble designed the reverse with U.S. Mint Sculptor-Engraver Phebe Hemphill in charge of sculpting.

Designed by Glenda Goodacre, obverses show an image of Sacagawea and her child as seen on all of the related dollars since 2000. The famous Shoshone woman accompanied explorers Lewis and Clark on their expedition through the frontiers of America. The inscriptions "LIBERTY" and "IN GOD WE TRUST" surround the portrait.

2010 Native American $1 Coin

The Theme for the 2010 Native American Dollar Design was 'Government -- The Great Tree of Peace'

An edge inscription is placed on each coin indicating the year of production, a mint mark for the facility that produced it and "E PLURIBUS UNUM."

Standard circulating and uncirculated quality coins are struck at the U.S. Mint facility in Philadelphia with a mint mark of ‘P’ or the U.S. Mint facility in Denver with a mint mark of ‘D.’ Proof quality coins are struck at the U.S. Mint facility in San Francisco and bear a ‘S’ mint mark.

2009 Native American $1 Coin

The Theme for the 2009 Native American Dollar Design was 'Spread of Three Sisters Agriculture'

Native American $1 coins are composed from 88.5% copper, 6% zinc, 3.5% manganese and 2% nickel. They feature a golden color with a diameter of 26.5 mm and a weight of 8.1 grams.

When first released, circulating quality $1 coins are typically offered by the United States Mint in 25-coin rolls, 100-coin bags, 250-coin boxes and 500-coin boxes. Numismatic proof and uncirculated coins will appear in several annual U.S. Mint products next year, including:

  • 2013 Proof Set,
  • 2013 Silver Proof Set,
  • 2013 Mint Set,
  • 2013 Presidential $1 Coin Proof Set,
  • 2013 Presidential $1 Coin Uncirculated Set,
  • 2013 Annual Uncirculated Dollar Coin Set,
  • 2013 Presidential $1 Coin Covers and
  • 2013 Presidential $1 Coin and First Spouse Medal Sets

Each of these products, when released, are found directly on the U.S. Mint product page located here.

{ 8 comments… read them below or add one }

Kevin November 26, 2012 at 11:18 pm

Nice idea to document and make tribute to Native Americans via coins. Do you think they’ll just call it even for taking their land? If that struggle were happening today, would they be called insurgents or freedom fighters? How would fair and balanced news channel report it?

steve1942 November 27, 2012 at 12:37 pm

Kevin, My children and grandchildren are part “Native American”. I doubt if any of them would see this coin as an affront. We seem to never “just let things go”. As to the coin, as this is a site that deals in coins, it’s quite handsome. I wonder about the Mint, however. They’ve seen the profit in selling reverse proofs. I’m afraid that they will get carried away and we will saturate the collector’s market with them. I wish the mint would see that we see some items as special and wish to leave them special. I’ve purchased every reverse proof the mint has made, if I buy this coin, it will be due to the design, not the uniquness. There is very little unique about reverse proofs any longer.

Mike November 27, 2012 at 6:40 pm

What is it about you lib-tards that always want to make an issue out of something that doesn’t exist. If you’re so guilt ridden visit the closest Indian reservation go into their gambling institutions and lay down some of your coin and help them pool up their profits so they can buy their land back. It will help you finally feel good about yourself, and use some of those over produced silver walking liberties in their dollar slots, it will speed up the process.

Kevin November 29, 2012 at 2:13 am

Mike, thanks for your humor and suggestions. I was just noting the irony in the grand scheme of things.

I don’t have an agenda, am not a liberal, a tree hugger, or anything similar. Just musing… If you were born a couple of centuries ago as a Native American, your view would differ. If you were born in the last couple of decades in the Middle East or in South America, and someone tried to take your land, you’d have something to say about it. How you’d be portrayed on FOX evening news would depend on the current administration’s slant on the news. I.e. Freedom Fighter or Insurgent.

No offense was intended. I was just stretching the imagination to view things from the perspective of the other person. It just strikes me as humorous to take advantage of someone, then honor them with a coin. That makes it all better somehow?

CW November 29, 2012 at 12:34 pm

One has to love Obama sycophants. They have to ruin everything, including coin collecting.

Kevin December 4, 2012 at 12:43 am

Obama’s administration has printed more money than all the other administrations put together. Albeit electronically. Thus, it keeps getting harder to make a living each year with inflation run amuck, no matter how they try to obfuscate. No matter which politician says they have the answer, none do. The problems that have been created will not be solved by mankind.

Stan Squatrack April 27, 2013 at 3:07 am

This is a bunch a baloney if you ask me. President Obama continues to keep our country on track even with increased scrutiny. Thank you for support our president as this shows your maturity and keen sense of leadership.

Robert Wayne May 16, 2013 at 11:38 pm

Squatrack must be either insane or mentally retarded. Obama has been the most corrupt “president” in this country’s history. Of course the left wing media will never be honest about this communist creep due to the fact that he’s not only a left wing extremist, he’s also not white, which makes him innocent in their eyes of all the wrongdoing he and his stooges like Holder are guilty of.

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