The United States Mint published an image of the one-year-only design that will appear on the 2020 Native American $1 Coin.
Highlighting the contributions of Elizabeth Peratrovich to the passage of the 1945 Anti-Discrimination Law by the Alaskan territorial government, the dollar’s reverse (tails) side depicts a portrait of Peratrovich and a symbol of the Tlingit Raven moiety, of which she was a member.
Around the design are inscriptions of "UNITED STATES OF AMERICA," "ELIZABETH PERATROVICH," "$1," and "ANTI-DISCRIMINATION LAW OF 1945."
U.S. Mint Medallic Artist Phebe Hemphill created the design and also completed its sculpting.
Authorized under Public Law 110-82, introduced in 2009, and featuring annually changing reverses, 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. 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) sides of Native American $1 Coins 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."
An edge inscription indicates the year of issue, mint mark, and the motto "E PLURIBUS UNUM."
Upcoming U.S. Mint Dollar Products
Dollar coins have not been released into circulation since 2011. The U.S. Mint strikes them solely for its numismatic products found here. The first U.S. Mint products with 2020-dated Native American dollars launch on Feb. 12, 2020.