"Government - The Great Tree of Peace" has been announced as the theme for the 2010 Native American $1 coin by the US Mint. The coins will be issued beginning in January and throughout the year to meet demand.
2010 Native American $1 Design - Click to Enlarge
As dictated by the Native American $1 Coin Act (Public Law 110-82), the reverse of these coins feature a different reverse design annually that contain "images celebrating the important contributions made by Indian tribes and individual Native Americans to the development of the United States and the history of the United States."
The 2010 design shows a Hiawatha Belt with five arrows bound together. The belt signifies the creation of the Haudenosaunee, also known as the Iroquois Confederacy.
The Walt Disney World Resort in central Florida near Orlando has just announced plans it is participating in a pilot program with the US Mint. Under this program, several merchandise and dining locations will now be giving back US Native American $1 coins instead of dollar bills as change.
"Our participation in the circulation pilot is part of a continued commitment to environmentality," states Thomas Smith (Social Media Director, Disney Parks) in the official blog about the launch of the program. "The coin is an environmentally responsible choice -- it's recyclable and lasts decades longer than paper bills."
Dollar coins are not a new idea in American coinage. The US Mint has been producing one version or another off and on since 1794. Some familiar examples that you may recall are the Seated Liberty Dollars, the Morgan Dollars, the Peace Dollars and the Eisenhower Dollars.
The United States Mint will officially introduce the 2009 Native American $1 Coin on Saturday and issue 25-coin rolls of them Thursday, Jan. 15, according to a Mint media advisory and web site product pages.
2009 is the first year for the new coins, which bear the familiar Sacagawea obverse or heads side design introduced in 2000 and a new reverse design depicting a Native American woman planting seeds in a field of corn, beans and squash (representing the Three Sisters method of planting).
The Native American $1 Coin Act mandates a different design every year as well as an equal mintage with each yearly Presidential $1 coin.
The Mint unveiled the 2009 Native American designs during Native American Heritage Day in November, added them to its Direct Ship Program on Jan. 2, and will sale 25-coin rolls on Thursday with either the Philadelphia "P" or Denver "D" mintmark.