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Almost 500 people witnessed the official introduction of the 2011 Native American $1 coin March 25 at a ceremony held at Plimoth Plantation in Plymouth, Mass.
To the sounds of the Eastern Suns Drum Circle, a Mashpee Wampanoag tribal group that performed at the event, Associate Mint Director of Sales B.B. Craig formally introduced the new design.
“The 2011 Native American $1 coin celebrates the Wampanoag Treaty of 1621 that later led the English colonists and Massosoit and his men to join in a first harvest feast,” said Craig.
He was joined at the ceremony by Cheryl Andrews-Maltais, chairwoman of the Wampanoag Tribe of Gay Head; Cedric Cromwell, chairman of the Mashpee Wampanoag Tribe, and Jim Adams, senior historian of the Smithsonian Institution’s National Museum of the American Indian.
A coin pour was a highlight of the ceremony.
Afterwards, free examples of the new coin were given to the approximately 175 children under 18 who attended.
Adults who attended were able to trade their folding money for $25 rolls at face value. A total of $5,000 was exchanged, or 200 rolls.
Collectors who were unable to attend the ceremony can buy uncirculated rolls from the Mint at its website at www.usmint.gov, or by telephone at (800 USA-MINT. The rolls are priced at $39.95 each. Rolls are available from either Denver or Philadelphia.
Each order will be assessed a $4.95 postage and handling charge.
The Mint’s Direct Ship Program makes it possible to buy quantities of 10 rolls per box priced at $250 per box. Orders are limited to 20 boxes per household. For more information, visit www.usmint.gov/catalog.
Shown on the reverse of the new 2011 dollar coin are the hands of the Supreme Sachem Ousamequin Massasoit and Gov. John Carver symbolically offering the ceremonial peace pipe after the initiation of the first formal written peace alliance between the Wampanoag tribe and European settlers. The Inscriptions read UNITED STATES OF AMERICA, $1 and WAMPANOAG TREATY 1621.
The reverse was designed by Mint Artistic Infusion Program Master Designer Richard Masters and sculpted by Mint Sculptor-Engraver Joseph Menna.
This is the third annual Native American reverse design. The first was introduced in 2009.
The standard obverse is Glenna Goodacre’s Sacagawea portrait first used in the year 2000.