2018 Native American $1 Dollar Design Image


On Thursday, Dec. 21, the United States Mint unveiled the one-year-only design that will appear on the reverse of next year’s 2018 Native American Dollar.

2018 Native American Dollar Design
Michael Gaudioso designed the reverse of the 2018 Native American $1 Coin. It shows a profile of Thorpe in the background while the foreground highlights his achievement in football and as an Olympian. Inscriptions include JIM THORPE, UNITED STATES OF AMERICA, $1 and WA-THO-HUK (Thorpe’s Sac and Fox tribe name) in the field of the design.

Revised from a recommendation among 15 candidate designs, the winning theme pays homage to sports legend Jim Thorpe.

The Native American $1 Coin Program commemorates 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
  • 2017 – Sequoyah, inventor of the Cherokee Syllabary
Native American 2017 $1 Dollar Coin
The theme for the 2017 Native American dollar honors Sequoyah, inventor of the Cherokee Syllabary
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 of issue, mint mark, and E PLURIBUS UNUM.

Edges of Dollar Coins
The dollars 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 into circulation but they are available from the United States Mint in multiple numismatic products right here. The first collector products with 2018-dated dollars launch on Feb. 15, 2018.

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Very nice. It would be wonderful if a coin & currency set was issued, as they were 2014, ’15 and ’16. One from Philadelphia would complete the series of each mint producing one.


I too would like to see a C&C set issued, they were informative and really nice to keep in OGP. Too bad the Mint couldn’t rouse themselves to issue one in 2017 when they made 250,000 of the EU finish. Based on that lack of action (laziness) I am not confident that they will issue one in the future .. maybe they will surprise us but not holding my breath

a Bob

I hope they reissue the Thorpe medal from the 70s to go along with.


Tinto –
lack of action (laziness) – it’s not laziness but incompetence and fear of exposing it. Sure wish we could get a responsible Director of the Mint approved by Congress instead of this we/them attitude that’s holding back progress.

Joe Brown

Jim Thorpe* would kick ass today playing football in this day and age, a spacial breed of man, one of a kind.


I see this design as something good for a special medal, definitely not for a coin. This one and the Mohawk ironworkers design stick out like a sore thumb when vexing a set side by side. It would be akin to looking at a collection of Morgan doors and seeing someone had slid in a silver Olympics commemorative coin.

Why can’t we have talented artists make our coinage beautiful again like the classic Walking Liberty (“Mercury”) Liberty Head Dime, etc. This new “football coin” looks so cheap and innapropriate beside those amazing coinage designs.



You’re right … incompetence abounds at the Mint from the top to the designers to the way they had this so called “Juried” competition for the WWI commemorative which is so secretive that the public really hasn’t seen any of the runners up available for comment … though the WWI coin is certainly going to be sold to the public .. just too bad their has been no investigation of the Mint from top to bottom, especially in light of the fact that it had been basically leaderless for sooo long ..

Joe Brown

I’m still watching for an answer on what the mint & label company/s,that a lot people were up in arms about early in the year have say on a few things, or did i* miss something in that course of time?


I haven’t received a single dollar coin in several years, whats the point if they are never distributed…..ever…anywhere in the USA. Just stop printing the paper bills, please. I imagine 1 billion sitting on the shelves of the Federal Banks, begging to be used and stimulate the economy.


Actually approaching 2 Billion worth of $1 Philadelphia/Denver minted Sacagawea dollar coins, OMG…what a waste if not used, with no usage in site.

Joe Brown

Stewart – i* got’ah funny feeling there’s a lot more *u*s*a*mint clad coinage in holding all over the U*S* & territory*s, for some good reason i would emagin, or i* could be way of base & just think to much. Way back when during the depression error’s of thee 1700’s 1800’s 1900’s, a token was just as good as *us*coins and foreign coins because our *country was shot on $.change.$, i* pretty much know that much, i wasn’t their for it tho, unless i had some past life, but i* really don,t remember,smile*


I believe if the US mint wants to hit a home run, they need to follow suit with the gold Krugerrand. Make a silver bullion example of the gold American 9999 buffalo coin. would sell out in one minute and become an annual top seller…just my opinion and hope it realizes some day. I would be first in line to buy.


Joe Brown

Mouse – 500,000 of P & D American 90% silver Buffalo comm*s sold out in 2 weeks at our mint. A .9999 silver Buffalo would be a great thing, right on!