2010 Native American Dollars

2010 Native American $1 Coin - Click to Enlarge

2010 Native American $1 Coin - Click to Enlarge

The 2010 Native American $1 Coin is essentially the third design of a coin which initially launched in 2000. Known then as the Sacagawea Dollar (due to the image of the famous Native American on the obverse), the reverse design was the same until it started changing in 2009.

New reverses will appear until at least 2016, as dictated by the Native American $1 Coin Act of 2007. The designs will honor contributions Native Americans have made to the history of the United States, issued chronologically based upon the event which is shown. After 2016, the Secretary of the Treasury will have the discretion to choose continuing reverse designs.

The 2010 Native American Reverse shows a Hiawatha Belt wrapped around a bundle of arrows. It is meant to symbolize the Iroquois Confederacy, a political and diplomatic structure created by Native Americans centuries ago in the New York Area.

When it was released, the Director of the US Mint had this comment:

"The beautiful 2010 Native American $1 Coin reverse design honors the Iroquois Confederacy - five tribal Nations joined by a single constitution in the 1400s in upstate New York," said Director Moy.  "The design is an acknowledgement of the confederation's influence on Western political thought, including concepts of equality and democratic self-government that existed on the North American continent long before the founding of the United States."

As stated before, the obverse still contains an image of the Shoshone woman Sacagawea who accompanied American explorers Meriwether Lewis and William Clark on their expedition into the wilderness of America in the 1800's.

Native American Dollar Specifications

Mintmark: D, and P for circulation versions and S for proof
Finish/Condition: Circulated, Proof
Composition: 88.5% copper, 6% zinc, 3.5% manganese, 2% nickel (manganese-brass)
Weight: 8.1 grams
Diameter: 26.5 mm or 1.043 inches
Edge: lettering
Date of Issue: 4 January 2010
Mintages: Based on Demand
Obverse Designer/Sculptor: Glenna Goodacre
Reverse Designer/Engraver: Thomas Cleveland/Charles L. Vickers

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