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.
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
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.
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.