2015-2016 Native American $1 Dollar Design Images


Last week the United States Mint unveiled reverse designs for the 2015 and 2016 Native American $1 Coins.

2015-2016 Native American Dollar Design
2015 and 2016 Native American Dollar Design

The dollar program, which features annually changing reverses and was introduced in 2009, celebrates the important contributions made by Indian tribes and individual Native Americans to the history and development of the United States.

For 2015, the chosen design is based on the theme of "Mohawk high iron workers, builders of New York City and other skylines (from 1886)." It will be followed in 2016 with the theme of "Code Talkers from both World War I and World War II (1917-1945)."

2015 Native American Dollar Design
2015 Native American Dollar Design

U.S. Mint Artistic Infusion Program (AIP) artist Ronald D. Sanders designed the reverse for the 2015 coin. It showcases a Mohawk ironworker guiding an i-beam on a high-rise with a view of the city skyline in the background.

Inscriptions around the design include United States of America, $1 and Mohawk Ironworkers. Sculpting for the image will be completed by U.S. Mint Sculptor-Engraver Phebe Hemphill.

2016 Native American $1 Coin reverses will feature a design of two helmets with the inscriptions WWI and WWII. Two feathers in the design form a "V," as a symbol for victory, unity and the importance of the code talkers program.

2016 Native American Dollar Design
2016 Native American Dollar Design

U.S. Mint Artist Thomas D. Rogers, Sr. designed this reverse with sculpting responsibilities to be determined later. Inscriptions will include United States of America and $1.

The dollar series was enacted by Congressional legislation in 2007, named The Native American $1 Coin Act and numbered Public Law 110-82. Previous designs featured the following themes:

  • 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
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'

Since the program debut, the obverse of Native American $1 Coins has featured the same portrait of "Sacagawea," as designed by sculptor Glenna Goodacre. Inscriptions around Sacagawea read LIBERTY and IN GOD WE TRUST.

An edge inscription indicates the year, mint mark, and E PLURIBUS UNUM.

Edges of Dollar Coins
Edges of Dollar Coins

Each coin features a composition of 88.5% copper, 6% zinc, 3.5% manganese and 2% nickel. They weigh 8.1 grams, have a diameter of 26.49 mm and a thickness of 2.00 mm.

Native American $1 Coins are no longer released directly into circulation, but new releases are available from the United States Mint in multiple numismatic programs. Typically, these products include the annual sets along with rolls, bags and boxes of the strikes.

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How about a native american coin with Sitting Bull or Geronimo?

Chuck Packett

The design for the new Native American One Dollar Coin is fine. I find myself a tradionalist when it comes to coin design. For over two hundred years most U.S. coins had their denomination spelled out. Beginning in 2000 the Sacagawea Dollar was designated by the symble $1. Now it seem the U.S. Mint designs most of the Commemorative coins with a $1 or $5 instead of spelling it out. I have decided that I will no longer purchase any mint coins of any kind that use a symble for their value instead of spellng it out. There are a… Read more »


Sitting Bull or Geronimo? Good idea Jimmy, although there are several truly great Native American leaders and picking one could be seen as slighting another. Personally I’d vote first for Red Cloud, who actually won a war against the US, or Osceola, a great leader who was betrayed, but as I said there are lots of others. And Chuck, I agree with you about the silver halves. Properly done (no endless sets like in the ’30s or obscure events) it could be a great series. But maybe it wouldn’t be profitable enough for the mint!