The 2009 Native American Dollar was issued as the first release of the new series created to commemorate the accomplishments and contributions of Native Americans. A unique reverse design is featured each year according to a chronological time line of events prepared by the United States Mint.
The obverse of the coin features a portrait of Sacagawea and child as originally designed by Glenna Goodacre. This young Shoshone woman accompanied Lewis & Clark on their famous expedition. The design had been used on the previous Sacagawea Dollar series. The obverse of the coin carries two inscriptions “Liberty” and “In God We Trust”.
The reverse design of the 2009 Native American Dollar features the “Three Sisters” method of planting. A Native American woman is depicted planting seeds in a field. By growing beans, squash, and rice together, the productivity of each plant is enhanced. The inscriptions include “United States of America” and the denomination “$1″. The edge of the coin includes incused edge lettering with the date, mint mark, and motto “E Pluribus Unum”.
The coins were released on January 2, 2009. In addition to the standard circulation distribution channels, the United States Mint offered the coins in rolls for collectors, their Direct Ship Program which allows purchases at face value with no charge for shipping and handling.
Designers: Glenna Goodacre (obverse), Norman E. Nemeth (reverse)
Mint: Philadelphia and Denver (circulating coins), San Francisco (proof coins)
Weight: 8.1 g
Composition: 88.5% copper, 6% zinc, 3.5% manganese, 2% nickel
Diameter: 26.5 mm
Thickness: 2.0 mm
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