2016-S Enhanced Uncirculated Native American $1 Coin Finishes, Values, Photos and Video


This article presents photos of 2016-S Native American $1 Coins and a color-coded graphic that illustrates its three finishes.

2016 American $1 Coin and Currency Sets pair an exclusive 2016 Enhanced Uncirculated Native American $1 Coin from the U.S. Mint in San Francisco with an uncirculated Series 2013 $1 note designated for one the 12 Federal Reserve Banks.

2016-S Enhanced Uncirculated Native American $1 Coin - Obverse and Reverse
The 2016 American $1 Coin and Currency Set’s main attraction is its exclusive 2016-S Enhanced Uncirculated Native American $1 Coin. Above are photos of an obverse (heads) and reverse (tails).

The coin is a solid addition to collections and it can be a great seller for flippers. It’s exclusive to the set — the main draw in spending $14.95 to get one, and higher graded examples are pulling large chunks of change. August auctions of the dollar have realized from around $22 to $36 for SP69s and from around $97 to $190 for SP70s.

These dollars are struck by dies that had their details wire-brushed for brilliance and laser-frosted for contrast. This graphic illustrates the various resulting finishes:

2016-S Enhanced Uncirculated Native American $1 Coin, Color Key
Treatments for the 2016-S Enhanced Uncirculated Native American $1 Coin: GRAY = WIRE BRUSH FINISH; ORANGE = STANDARD LASER FROST FINISH; and VIOLET = LIGHT PLUS 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 in the graphic above and listed below describes the three treatments:

  • Gray for areas of wire brushing,
  • Orange for regions of standard laser frosting, and
  • Violet for areas of light-plus laser frosting.

This year’s enhanced uncirculated dollar is the third issue from the series of Native American $1 Coins, with the first in 2014 from the Denver Mint and the second in 2015 from the West Point Mint. Both were released only within their respective year’s American $1 Coin and Currency Sets.

2016-S Enhanced Uncirculated Native American $1 Coin - Reverses
The dollar’s design features two helmets with the inscriptions ‘WWI’ and ‘WWII’, and two feathers that form a ‘V’, symbolizing victory, unity, and the important role that these code talkers played. Thomas D. Rogers, Sr. created it and Renata Gordon sculpted it.

Native American dollars feature annually changing reverses. This year’s design is the eighth in the series, which commemorates the contributions to the United States by Native American tribes and individuals.


The San Francisco’s mint mark, ‘S’, is found on the edge of the coin, along with the year ‘2016’ and the motto ‘E PLURIBUS UNUM’.

2016-S Enhanced Uncirculated Native American $1 Coin, Edge
Dollar coins bear edge-incused inscriptions of the year of issuance, “E PLURIBUS UNUM” and the mint mark

Sales of the 2016 American $1 Coin and Currency Set are at 37,771 as of Aug. 14, representing 50.4% of the allotted 75,000. The U.S. Mint is selling them online, right here. Place phone orders using the agency’s toll-free number at 1-800-USA-MINT (872-6468).

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Thanks for the post. Any idea why the sales are lower this year. Great way to get an S Mint dollar with a mintage of less than 75K!


It’s a nice little series to have especially since the 2015-W is not available elsewhere in any condition. (And if you want to be really complete get the 2000-D Millennium set with the dollar’s special burnished finish.) As to why the sales are lower, perhaps there are less collectors. But my personal opinion is that the Mint produces far too many products of little value and something like this gets lost in shuffle.

Joe C.

Thanks for the info and photos. Saved the treatment photo with the snipping tool for my files. I have ordered sets at different times to get different districts.
Keep up the excellent work.


Nice video from YouTube whoever did that.


I like this series and I hope they continue to release them in the coming years. I have them in OGP and in PCGS slabs.

Seth Riesling

Mike Unser –

Thanks for the great updated information & photos!
I have bought these beautiful sets since 2014 & they are great as a unique collectible & for gifts. The information described in the folders is a mini history lesson for all ages.