The United States Mint last week published images of the 2018 Native American dollar. The $1 coin series is known for its annually changing reverse designs. This year’s coins pays homage to sports legend Jim Thorpe.
Dollar coins are no longer released into circulation but the U.S. Mint continues to strike them for coin collectors.
Circulating quality versions of the new $1 launch on Feb. 15. They will be available in 25-coin rolls, 100-coin bags and 250-coin boxes with options of dollars produced from U.S. Mint facilities in Denver and Philadelphia at prices of $32.95; $111.95; and $275.95.
The U.S. Mint in December publicly unveiled the $1 design following a review process that included 15 proposed designs. Created by Michael Gaudioso, it depicts a profile of Thorpe in the background while the foreground highlights his achievement in football and as an Olympian.
Native American $1 coin obverses (heads sides) are the same each year. They share Glenna Goodacre’s portrait of Sacagawea that has been used since the Sacagawea golden dollar debuted in 2000.
Authorized under Public Law 110-82, the dollar program celebrates the important contributions made by Indian tribes and individual Native Americans to the history and development of the United States.
Next year’s dollar will honor the important contributions Native Americans have made within the U.S. space program.