2021 Native American $1 Coin Image Unveiled

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The United States Mint unveiled an image of the one-year-only design that will appear on their 2021 Native American $1 Coin.

2021 Native American $1 Coin obverse and reverse
Images of the 2021 Native American $1 Coin (obverse and reverse)

Honoring the service of American Indians in the U.S. military, the dollar’s reverse (tails side) depicts eagle feathers, which were traditionally earned in battle or by performing a brave deed. The design was selected from among a total of 17 candidates.

2021 Native American $1 Coin Candidate Designs
A sampling of the candidate designs that were originally considered for the reverse of the 2021 Native American $1 Coin

In addition to the feathers, the design’s foreground features stars representing five branches of the U.S. military. A circle provides an additional reference to Native Americans.

2021 Native American $1 Coin reverse
A larger image of the 2021 dollar reverse

Around the design are inscriptions of "UNITED STATES OF AMERICA," "NATIVE AMERICANS – DISTINGUISHED MILITARY SERVICE SINCE 1775" and "$1."

Artistic Infusion Program (AIP) Designer Donna Weaver created the image. It was sculpted by U.S. Mint Chief Engraver Joseph Menna.

Authorized under Public Law 110-82, introduced in 2009, and featuring annually changing reverses, the Mint’s 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
  • 2020 – Elizabeth Peratrovich for her contributions to the passage of the 1945 Anti-Discrimination Law by the Alaskan territorial government
2020 Native American $1 Coin images - obverse and reverse
The 2020 Native American $1 Coin honors Elizabeth Peratrovich
2019 Native American $1 Coin - obverse and reverse
The 2019 Native American $1 Coin honors Mary Golda Ross
2018 Native American $1 Dollar Coin
The 2018 Native American dollar honors sport legend James Francis “Jim” Thorpe (1888-1953)
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 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'

Common Obverse Design

Obverses (heads side) 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."

2019-P Enhanced Uncirculated Native American $1 Coin - Obverse,b
This CoinNews photo shows the obverse of a Native American $1 Coin. This design is common across all coins in the series. Dollar coins have a composition of 88.5% copper, 6% zinc, 3.5% manganese and 2% nickel. Each weighs 8.1 grams, have a diameter of 26.49 mm and a thickness of 2.00 mm.

An edge inscription indicates the year of issue, mint mark, and the motto "E PLURIBUS UNUM."

Edge of 2019-P Enhanced Uncirculated Native American $1 Coin
This CoinNews photo shows an edge of a 2019 dollar coin. All $1 coin edges bear their year of minting, the mint mark for the U.S. Mint facility where it was produced, 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 sold here. The first U.S. Mint products with 2021-dated Native American dollars will be available for order on Feb. 16.

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Seth Riesling

A very nice, symbolic reverse design, giving much-deserved credit to the Native Americans who served in all 5 branches of the military of our nascent country since 1775 till today. Kudos to the Mint on this coin’s design!

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Kaiser Wilhelm

I agree entirely that the Mint’s choice of the design for the reverse was brilliant, and I also happily second the balance of that clearly heartfelt comment.

Last edited 1 month ago by Kaiser Wilhelm
Jake

Thank you Seth, Kaiser, and CoinNews of course. Just my observation but wouldn’t the feathers be better the other way. It’s almost as if the feathers are falling. Remember, break lots of bags and rolls open because the Native American Feather is disrespected if you place it somewhere it can’t be seen.

Last edited 1 month ago by Jake
Seth Riesling

And do NOT, under any circumstance, place feathers under a ladder in front of a mirror on Friday the 13th, during a Leap Year, with a black cat watching you, unless you plan on a warp-speed, one-way trip to the 5th Level of Hell ! Just a courtesy tip…

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Jake

Okie dokie you got it doctor Jones hold on to your potatoes and buckle up!