2012 Native American $1 Coin

2012 Native American $1 Coin, Reverse (US Mint image)

2012 Native American $1 Coin, Reverse

The 2012 Native American $1 Coin will be the fourth year in a series of annually changing reverse designs for the Native American $1 Coin series. Shown on the reverse of the 2012 strike will be the profile of a Native American and his horse.

This series actually debuted in 2000 with the release of the first Sacagawea Dollar Coin. Designs on the series, however, remained static until the passage of the Native American $1 Coin Act (Public Law 110-82).

That act required the obverse to remain the same (which is the portrait of Sacagawea and her infant son) designed by Glenna Goodacre. However, under the terms of the Act, the reverse was to change annually and was to be emblematic of the important contributions Native Americans have made to the history of the United States.

Thus, in 2009 the first strike under the Act was released. It along with the strikes that followed are described below:

  • 2009 Native American $1 Coin - Three Sisters of Agriculture design which showcased a Native American woman planting seeds in a field of corn, beans and squash
  • 2010 Native American $1 Coin - Iroquois Confederacy design which showed a Hiawatha Belt with five arrows bound together emblematic of the early political and diplomatic alliance formed by the Iroquois nations
  • 2011 Native American $1 Coin - Diplomacy - Treaties with Tribal Nations design showing the hands of the Supreme Sachem Ousamequin Massasoit and Governor John Carver offering the peace pipe to one another after the signing of the first written peace alliance between European settlers and Native Americans

The 2012 release continues the series showcasing the important contributions of Native Americans with a "Trade Routes in the 17th Century" design showing a Native American and his horse. This image shows how the Indians helped with the spread of horses throughout the country.

Proof and uncirculated versions of the Native American coin are also available.

Native American $1 Coin Design

Native American $1 Coin (Obverse) (US Mint image)

Native American $1 Coin (Obverse)

Obverse design: Since 2000, the Native American $1 Coin has shown a portrait of Sacagawea on the obverse who is depicted toting her infant son on her back. Sacagawea is the young Shoshone woman who accompanied Lewis and Clark on their famous expedition while serving as guide to their voyage. It was designed by Glenna Goodacre and also shows the inscriptions of "LIBERTY" and "IN GOD WE TRUST."

Reverse design: The reverse of the 2012 Native American $1 Coin shows the new reverse for the year of a Native American and his horse with running horses shown behind them emblematic of the theme "Trade Routes in the 17th Century." It was designed by United States Mint Artistic Infusion Program Master Designer Thomas Cleveland and sculpted by United States Mint Sculptor-Engraver Phebe Hemphill.

Coin Specifications & Information

Mint Facility: Philadelphia, Denver & San Francisco
Face Value: $1
Date: 2010
Condition: Circulated, Uncirculated & Proof
Composition: 77% Copper, 12% Zinc, 7% Manganese, 4% Nickel
Standard Weight: 8.1 g
Standard Diameter: 26.5 mm
Edge: Edge-Incused Lettering
Authorizing Law: Public Law 110-82
Obverse Design: Glenna Goodacre
Reverse Design / Sculptor: Thomas Cleveland / Phebe Hemphill

Product Availability

Circulation Issue Date: tba
Mintage Limits: based on demand
Order Limits: Unlimited
Sales: See US Mint Sales Figures
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