2022 Native American $1 Coin Design Depicts Ely Parker


The United States Mint unveiled last month the design for the 2022 Native American $1 Coin. The U.S. Mint’s dollar series features annually changing reverses (tails side) that honor major contributions made by Indian tribes and individual Native Americans to the history and development of the United States.

U.S. Mint line art image of the 2022 Native American Dollar design which depicts Ely Parker
U.S. Mint line art image of the 2022 Native American Dollar design which depicts Ely Parker

The design for 2022 depicts Ely S. Parker, a U.S. Army officer, engineer, and tribal diplomat, who served as military secretary to Ulysses S. Grant during the U.S. Civil War.

Selected from among 17 candidates and following some minor changes, the final design shows Parker in Army uniform with a quill pen and book. The pen and book, along with a likeness of Parker’s signature, are symbols of his experience as an expert communicator, the U.S. Mint notes.

Reverse inscriptions include "$1," UNITED STATES OF AMERICAN," "TONAWANDA SENECA" and "HA-SA-NO-AN-DA" The last two recognize Parker’s tribe and the name given to him at birth.

U.S. Mint Artistic Infusion Program Designer Paul C. Balan created the design while U.S. Mint Chief Engraver Joseph Menna completed its sculpting for coinage.

Obverses (heads side) of all Native American dollars are common, featuring a portrait of "Sacagawea" carrying her infant son, as designed by sculptor Glenna Goodacre. The familiar image has been around since the Sacagawea golden dollar debuted in 2000. Inscriptions around Sacagawea include "LIBERTY" and "IN GOD WE TRUST."

The year "2022", a mint mark, and "E PLURIBUS UNUM" will be incused on the edge of each dollar.

The U.S. Mint will begin selling rolls, bags, and boxes of the dollars on Feb. 9, 2022.

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Paul Bergeron

I agree, Any way to make this the official nickname: “the dude” ?

Paul Bergeron

For that matter, I always thought the 2021 American Liberty gold coin should be called “Blazing Saddles”.

A. Johnson


I am needing 3 Morgan CCs to complete the 2021 Morgan/Peace sets. (I’ve tried and tried to get them on the fire sale, but no luck).

Is there a secure site to trade some extra 2021 Peace dollars that I have for the Morgan CCs, or would I be better off buying CCs from an Ebay/dealer and selling my extra Peace dollars for cash?

Any help would be appreciated.


A. Johnson, perhaps harryg may be able to assist you in this matter if he checks in and reads this comment and replies. He recently had a similar experience of trying to complete his 2021 Morgan/Peace Dollar set by getting a 2nd chance to get the O privy from the mint, but because the CC was immediately sold out again, he ultimately got one from a fellow collector on another site which he is a member of who had an extra CC to spare.

harryg, hoping you see this…

A. Johnson

Now that I have 5 of the 6 2021-dated Morgan/Peace, it’s likely that I’ll pursue the CCs.

I’d rather trade my extra Peace and Os to someone who needs them for the CCs

Is there a secure site that does coin trades for a fee smaller than your projected $195???!!!


Maybe the CCs will come down in price on Amazon or Feebay? Where’s my Santa?