2012 Native American $1 Coin Image Released


The United States Mint has published the image for the reverse of the 2012 Native American $1 Coin. Until now, only a line art design was available, and that was released back in November.

2012 Native American $1 Coin Image
U.S. Mint image of the 2012 Native American Dollar

As mandated by law and since 2009, the reverse of the dollars have changed annually to feature a unique design celebrating important contributions by Indian tribes and Native Americans.

This year’s Native American $1 Coin theme is "Trade Routes in the 17th Century." Depicted, and shown in the image above, is the 2012 dollar reverse portraying a Native American and horse in profile with three other horses running in the background, symbolizing the historical spread of the horse.

The obverse or heads side of the dollar has remained the same since the golden-colored coin was first released back in 2000. Created by Glenda Goodacre, it depicts a young Sacagawea who accompanied Lewis and Clark in their expedition from the East to the Pacific Coast of the United States.

A release date for the new dollar has not yet been announced by the U.S. Mint. Last year’s dollar was released early in the year, on January 12.

When the 2012 Native American $1 Coin is launched, the Mint will offer 25-coin rolls from either Philadelphia or Denver for $32.95. That is $7 less than the cost of the rolls from past years. Based on other Mint notices, the bureau is also expected to offer a $1 Five-Coin Set containing one 2012 Native American dollar and the four 2012 Presidential dollars. These four coins honor Chester Arthur, Grover Cleveland (first term), Benjamin Harrison, and Grover Cleveland (second term).

No dollar coins will be released into circulation in 2012 as in past years. Since so many of the coins now sit unused in Federal Reserve vaults, Treasury Secretary Geithner suspended their production for circulation, allowing the U.S. Mint to produce them only for collectors.

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A horse! My kingdom for a horse!

There are about a thousand US coins depicting a certain buffalo, but few that depict horses. This is a really great design. I might actually have to get some of those.

Robert Lara

I love the coin. It looks beautiful. This is the first time in many years that the U.S. mint strucks beautiful coins. I wish gold and silver could be stabilized so we could use gold and silver coins again. That was the real economy and the real money. Well I will rush to the bank as soon as possible and get that dollar.

george glazener

Don’t break the speed limit rushing to the bank. They’re not being released into circulation. You’ll have to “pony” up and buy ’em from the US MINT. And you’re right, it is a lovely design.


It is a shame that just when the Native American reverses for the Sackies are getting good, they are being issued to collectors only, so the masses of the American public will never see this magnificent design. If they do run across it, they’ll probably think it’s the new steel clad Loonie.


Rushing to the bank…
Are we rushing when reading the article?


Maybe someone had Crazy horse in mind when engraving this particular coin.

Rusty Morris

Excuse me, but I think this is a bunch of, (pardon the pun) horse $hit that the mint loses money on all the collector coins they make and then the great one, Treasury Secretary Geithner decides not to release them to the public. Now you get to go to your local coin dealer and pay 2 to 5 dollars for a $1 coin. In this economy, I think this is a wonderful idea<lol. And then we will take more tax dollars to build more room to store all of these coins that they're making but not releasing. They have to… Read more »


I have 1 of the native American coins that I got from the bank. It doesn’t have the date. Or mint mark on it. Is it worth more than the face value?


Look on the edge of the coin. It should have the year and mint mark on there. And no, it is not worth more than face value. Especially since it is circulated. Look on eBay to see what uncirculated ones goes for.


Ok thanks …joera