The United States Mint this week updated its product page for the 2017 Native American $1 Coin, providing an image of one and information about its release. Introduced in 2009, the series of dollars features annually changing reverses.
Circulating quality versions of the new coin launch next Wednesday, Jan. 25, in 25-coin rolls, 100-coin bags and 250-coin boxes. Options include dollars from minting facilities in Denver or Philadelphia at prices of $32.95; $111.95; and $275.95.
$1 coins are no longer released into circulation. Buying them from the U.S. Mint is the only way to get them directly.
The U.S. Mint previously unveiled this year’s new design. It was selected from among 13 candidates and features a likeness of Sequoyah, the inventor of characters for reading and writing the Cherokee language. He appears writing "Sequoyah from Cherokee Nation" in syllabary along the border of the design. Chris Costello designed the image and Charles L. Vickers sculpted it.
Obverses or heads sides of Native American $1 Coins are the same each year. They share Glenna Goodacre’s portrait of Sacagawea. The familiar image has been around since the Sacagawea golden dollar debuted in 2000.
The U.S. Mint’s online page for the upcoming dollar products is right here. They have no mintage or household order limits.
Authorized under Public Law 110-82, the Native American $1 Coin Program celebrates the important contributions made by Indian tribes and individual Native Americans to the history and development of the United States.
Next year’s dollar design will depict Jim Thorpe. Designs for the following 2019 and 2020 dollars are already being discussed. The 2019 dollar will celebrate the involvement of Native Americans in the United States space program and the 2020 dollar will honor Elizabeth Peratrovich and Alaska’s 1945 anti-discrimination law. CoinNews will cover the CCAC discussion of the 2019-2020 themes in an upcoming article.