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Thorpe honored on dollar’s reverse

Jim Thorpe is set to appear on the reverse of the 2018 Native American dollar coin.

Legendary Native American athlete Jim Thorpe will appear on the reverse of the 2018 dollar coin.

Artwork provided by the U.S. Mint shows him as a football player and an Olympic long jumper.

The Mint’s discription says the 2018 reverse will depict Jim Thorpe, with the foreground elements highlighting his football and Olympic achievements.

Inscriptions are “JIM THORPE,” “WA-THO-HUK” (Thorpe’s Sac and Fox tribe name), “UNITED STATES OF AMERICA,” and “$1.”

United States Mint Sculptor-Engraver Michael Gaudioso created the design.

Collectors will get first crack at the new coin when products containing the it are scheduled to go on sale Feb. 15.

The dollar coin obverse uses a design that was introduced in the year 2000.

It shows Sacagawea carrying her infant son, Jean Baptiste.

Inscriptions are “LIBERTY” and “IN GOD WE TRUST.”

The year, mintmark, and “E PLURIBUS UNUM” are incused on the coin’s edge as has been the case since 2009.

When the coin was made for circulation, mintages were in the billions. Nowadays, the collector version of the Native American dollar does not even achieve a mintage of 4 million.

 

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