2020 Native American $1 Coin Image Unveiled

by Mike Unser on December 27, 2019 · 0 comments

The United States Mint published an image of the one-year-only design that will appear on the 2020 Native American $1 Coin.

2020 Native American $1 Coin images - obverse and reverse

Images of the 2020 Native American $1 Coin (obverse and reverse)

Highlighting the contributions of Elizabeth Peratrovich to the passage of the 1945 Anti-Discrimination Law by the Alaskan territorial government, the dollar’s reverse (tails) side depicts a portrait of Peratrovich and a symbol of the Tlingit Raven moiety, of which she was a member.

Around the design are inscriptions of "UNITED STATES OF AMERICA," "ELIZABETH PERATROVICH," "$1," and "ANTI-DISCRIMINATION LAW OF 1945."

2020 Native American $1 Coin images - reverse

A larger view of the 2020 dollar reverse

U.S. Mint Medallic Artist Phebe Hemphill created the design and also completed its sculpting.

Authorized under Public Law 110-82, introduced in 2009, and featuring annually changing reverses, 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. Previous design themes include:

  • 2009 – Three Sisters Agriculture
  • 2010 – Great Tree of Peace and the Iroquois Confederacy
  • 2011 – Great Wampanoag Nation
  • 2012 – Trade Routes
  • 2013 – Treaty with the Delawares
  • 2014 – Native Hospitality Ensured the Success of the Lewis and Clark Expedition
  • 2015 – Contributions of the Kahnawake Mohawk and Mohawk Akwesasne communities to "high iron" construction work
  • 2016 – Contributions of the Native American Code Talkers in World War I and World War II
  • 2017 – Sequoyah, inventor of the Cherokee Syllabary
  • 2018 – Sports legend Jim Thorpe, a member of the Sac and Fox tribe
  • 2019 – Mary Golda Ross, the first known Native American female engineer, and a space-walking astronaut symbolic of Native American astronauts
2019 Native American $1 Coin - obverse and reverse

2019 Native American $1 Coin (obverse and reverse)

2018 Native American $1 Dollar Coin

The theme for the 2018 Native American dollar honors sport legend James Francis “Jim” Thorpe (1888-1953).

Native American 2017 $1 Dollar Coin

The theme for the 2017 Native American dollar honors Sequoyah, inventor of the Cherokee Syllabary

2016 Native American $1 Dollar Coin

The theme for the 2016 Native American dollar design commemorates Code Talkers

2015 Native American $1 Dollar Coin

The theme for the 2015 Native American dollar design commemorates Mohawk Ironworkers

2014 Native American $1 Dollar Coin

The theme for the 2014 Native American dollar design commemorates native hospitality

2012 Native American $1 Dollar Coin

The theme for the 2013 Native American dollar commemorates the Delaware Treaty of 1778

2012 Native American $1 Dollar Coin

The theme for the 2012 Native American dollar design features ‘Trade Routes in the 17th Century’

2011 Native American 1 Dollar Coin

The theme for 2011 Native American dollar design depicts 'Diplomacy - Treaties with Tribal Nations'

2010 Native American $1 Coin

The theme for the 2010 Native American dollar design symbolizes 'Government -- The Great Tree of Peace'

2009 Native American $1 Coin

The theme for the 2009 Native American dollar design depicts the 'Spread of Three Sisters Agriculture'

Common Obverse Design

Obverse (heads) sides of Native American $1 Coins share the same portrait of "Sacagawea" as designed by sculptor Glenna Goodacre. The familiar image has been around since the Sacagawea golden dollar debuted in 2000. Inscriptions around Sacagawea read "LIBERTY" and "IN GOD WE TRUST."

2019-P Enhanced Uncirculated Native American $1 Coin - Obverse,b

This CoinNews photo shows the obverse of a Native American $1 Coin. This design is common across all coins in the series. Dollar coins have a composition of 88.5% copper, 6% zinc, 3.5% manganese and 2% nickel. Each weighs 8.1 grams, have a diameter of 26.49 mm and a thickness of 2.00 mm.

An edge inscription indicates the year of issue, mint mark, and the motto "E PLURIBUS UNUM."

Edge of 2019-P Enhanced Uncirculated Native American $1 Coin

This CoinNews photo shows an edge of a 2019 dollar coin. All $1 coin edges bear their year of minting, the mint mark for the U.S. Mint facility where it was produced, and the motto E PLURIBUS UNUM

Upcoming U.S. Mint Dollar Products

Dollar coins have not been released into circulation since 2011. The U.S. Mint strikes them solely for its numismatic products found here. The first U.S. Mint products with 2020-dated Native American dollars launch on Feb. 12, 2020.

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