2015-W Native American $1 Coin Finishes

by Mike Unser on September 9, 2015 · 11 comments

A key coin from the United States Mint this year is the 2015-W Enhanced Uncirculated Native American dollar that’s only within the 2015 American $1 Coin and Currency Set. It’s the showpiece of the set; the main reason for spending $14.95 to get one. Sales of which, are at 62,445 as of Sunday. That’s up 10,840 from a week earlier and is 69.4% of the maxium 90,000.

Obverse and reverse of a 2015-W Enhanced Uncirculated Native American $1 Coin

The set’s main attraction is its exclusive 2015-W Enhanced Uncirculated Native American $1 Coin. Above are photos of an obverse (heads) and reverse (tails).

Making them unique, coins of the set are struck by dies that had their details wire-brushed for brilliance and laser-frosted for contrast. This U.S. Mint color-coded graphic illustrates the resulting finishes:

2015-W Enhanced Uncirculated Native American $1 Coin, Graphic Color Key

Treatments for the 2015-W Enhanced Uncirculated Native American $1 Coin: RED = BRIGHT WIREBRUSH FINISH; ORANGE= STANDARD LASER FROST FINISH; and GREEN= LIGHT LASER FROST FINISH

In the die production stage, the fields and artwork are wire brushed. This step results in a base finish that is bright but without all the polished characteristics of a proof coin. A laser then passes over preprogrammed design elements and at different intensities to create two contrasting frost levels. The color key for the graphic above describes the three treatments:

  • Red for areas left from the bright wire brushing finish,
  • Orange for regions of standard laser frosting, and
  • Green for areas of light laser frosting.

The enhanced uncirculated dollar is only the second from the series of Native American $1 Coins. The first was the 2014 dollar within last year’s 2014 American $1 Coin and Currency Set. That one was struck at the Denver Mint and featured a different reverse design. This year’s coin bears a design honoring the Mohawk Ironworkers and is made at the West Point Mint, which traditionally strikes only silver, gold and platinum coins.

2015-W Enhanced Uncirculated Native American $1 Coin, Reverses

The reverse depicts a Mohawk ironworker reaching for an I-beam that is swinging into position, with rivets on the left and right side of the border, and a high elevation view of the city skyline in the background.

In addition to the coin, the set includes a Series 2013 $1 Federal Reserve note from the Federal Reserve Bank of New York. Each has a starting serial number of ‘911’ in honor of the Mohawk Ironworkers recovery efforts after the collapse of the World Trade Center twin towers in 2001. As an added bonus for buyers of multiple sets, many are finding that the serial numbers on their bills are in sequential order.

The U.S. Mint’s product page for the set is right here.

{ 11 comments… read them below or add one }

Mark September 9, 2015 at 1:27 pm

Just received grades from NGC, four SP 70s and one SP 69.

Senior September 9, 2015 at 1:37 pm

Area the areas of enhancement on the 2015 dollar consistent with the 2014 coin?

Joe September 9, 2015 at 4:00 pm

A rare opportunity to buy this set at $14.95.

BG September 9, 2015 at 6:18 pm

I think this finish looks much better than the reverse proof presidential versions.

Senior September 9, 2015 at 6:37 pm

This is a worthy collectible but don’t put your 401 K in it.

kollectorz September 9, 2015 at 8:00 pm

how many sets total you submit….

Mark September 10, 2015 at 8:46 am


I submitted 5 sets.

Dale Reese September 10, 2015 at 6:49 pm

I ordered 2 sets on Sept 2nd now back order Sept 20th 2015

RonnieBGood September 10, 2015 at 8:03 pm

At a 90,000 mintage it is a gamble to have these graded. If the subject matter were more traditional and the mintage lower there would be a much better chance of this appreciating to a profitable value. I am speaking to those who are purchasing additional coins beyond their own personal collections.

Ozzie September 12, 2015 at 9:02 am

With a Population over 300 Million a mintage of 90,000 doesn’t seem a lot. How many active coin collectors do you think we have in the US ? Some say between 100,000 and 1 million active coin collectors. With over 60,000 sold reaching 90,000 should be no problem with the number of collectors out there. You would think.

kollectorz September 12, 2015 at 7:30 pm


thanks for the info

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