On Saturday, Oct. 5, the United States Mint unveiled the one-year-only design that will appear on the 2020 Native American $1 Coin.
Honoring Elizabeth Peratrovich and Alaska’s Anti-Discrimination Law, the design features Peratrovich who advocated for the 1945 Anti-Discrimination Law in the Alaskan territorial legislature.
The design also depicts a symbol of the Tlingit Raven moiety, of which she was a member. Inscriptions include "UNITED STATES OF AMERICA," "ELIZABETH PERATROVICH," "$1," and "ANTI-DISCRIMINATION LAW OF 1945."
"This coin will be a lasting tribute to Elizabeth Peratrovich and her relentless efforts to tear down the wall of discrimination against Alaskan Natives," said U.S. Mint Chief Administrative Officer Patrick Hernandez during the design unveiling ceremony at the Alaska Native Brothers and Alaska Native Sisters Convention at Alaska Pacific University.
"We will proudly produce this coin that honors her bravery and determination."
U.S. Mint Medallic Artist Phebe Hemphill created the design and will sculpt it.
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
- 2018 – Sports legend Jim Thorpe, a member of the Sac and Fox tribe
- 2019 – Mary Golda Ross, the first known Native American female engineer, and a space-walking astronaut symbolic of Native American astronauts
Common Obverse Design
Obverse (heads side) of Native American $1 Coin share the same portrait of "Sacagawea" as designed by sculptor Glenna Goodacre. The familiar image has been around since the Sacagawea golden dollar debuted in 2000. Inscriptions around Sacagawea read "LIBERTY" and "IN GOD WE TRUST."
Dollar coin edge inscription indicates their year of issue, mint mark, and E PLURIBUS UNUM.
Upcoming U.S. Mint Dollar Products
Dollar coins have not been released into circulation since 2011. The U.S. Mint produces them solely for its numismatic products found here.