2017 Native American $1 Dollar Design Image


The United States Mint unveiled the one-year-only design that will appear on the reverse of next year’s 2017 Native American dollar.

2017 Native American Dollar Design
Chris Costello designed the reverse of the 2017 Native American $1 Coin, with sculpting executed by Charles L. Vickers sculpted. It depicts Sequoyah writing “Sequoyah from Cherokee Nation” in syllabary along the border of the design. Inscriptions include “UNITED STATES OF AMERICA,” “$1,” and “Sequoyah” written in English in the field of the design.

Selected from among thirteen candidates, the winning design commemorates Sequoyah, a silversmith and inventor of the characters for reading and writing the Cherokee language.

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. The series features annually changing reverses. 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
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'

Obverses (heads) of Native American $1 Coins share 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
Dollar coins are composed in 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.

Dollar coins are no longer released for circulation but the new issues are available from the United States Mint in multiple numismatic products found here.

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It’s an …OK… design.
My top 3 favorites are ;
#1- 2010
#2- 2013
#3- 2016


Hope they do the Coins & Chronicles for the dollar again this year. No word on that so far….



I hope so too. The NA $1 C&C will be the only one I plan to buy regularly from 2017 on, unless they come out with RP sets and/or EU set in which case I’ll buy just enough to make me a type set. No more throwing $$ on the Mint’s offerings. The only other product I’d buy is the Moon landing commemorative … if it ever gets passed by Congress. ….


With the ending of the presidential dollar series, will this be the only gold (colored) dollar coin produced by the US Mint in 2017?

Seth Riesling

Mammoth –

Yes. The NA $1 coin will be the only “golden”-colored 4-metal alloy coin produced by the US Mint in 2017. With the Presidential $1 coin & First Spouse gold coin programs ending this year, the Mint will have about 25-30 less products to offer next year. Their profits will no doubt drop even lower than the last reported fiscal year of 2015 which dropped profits by about 25 percent.


Scott the Robot

The US Mint should not be issuing coins related to Native Americans. While I do not disagree that there have been “…contributions made by Indian tribes and individual Native Americans to the history and development of the United States” the Native American tribes (including Cherokee) are treated as sovereign states under the law. Therefore, these coins would be the equivalent of celebrating, for example, the important contributions of Ireland, England, India (fill in the blank) to the United States. How would people feel if the US Mint issued coins bearing the Queen of England? Also, it is a big disingenuous… Read more »


Needless to say the us mint doesn’t care about how people feel,they care about profits. If they think mint a coin with queen Elizabeth 2nd will sell then they definitely would. Even though these tribes are recognized as sovereign states they were settled here in us soil even before us became the us and they indeed have contributed to the growth and development of the us so its only fair to recognized that by the us. Even though nothing could make up for so much oppression against them,its sort of a cool thing to do by the mint.

Seth Riesling

The US Mint does not give Native American Indian tribes one cent of the profits from these NA $1 coins or the Native American Indian code talkers bronze medal series (about 25 different medals). Very sad situation! Also, all Native American Indian tribes were given the lands they currently live on by the US government to try to make up for past discrimination & moving them off much more valuable land. Also, they are not totally sovereign nations as they are controlled by the US government Bureau of Indian Affairs & they all receive a variety of US taxpayer benefits.… Read more »


“The US mint shouldn’t be releasing US coins related to Native Americans”. The irony in that idiotic statement is that Robert Latham Owen was the key figure in developing the The Federal ReserveAct of 1913 … you know, that little act that allows today’s US currency to exists … yeah, that guy was Federally recognized as Cherokee indian, he was a teacher in that sovereign nation within the US, but was senator of Oklahoma as well … you sir, should pry sit down and keep your “2 cents” to yourself

Bob Paige

Any news about the 2017 proof dollar?

Allen L. Steele

Is there a time table? How many years could we expect these {gold colored coins} 2010- ?