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