The Sacagawea dollar made a big splash in 2000 when it was first introduced. More than one billion were struck.
However, Americans being Americans, stuck to their habits and decided that the paper dollar was much easier to use.
Use of the $1 coin, new as it was, golden in color as it was, just didn’t cut it.
It then pretty much went to sleep as the object of interest among a few collectors.
If you haven’t paid much attention to the Native American dollar since its beginning, you might be surprised to see that the reverse design now changes annually. Perhaps it is time for another look.
The new artwork on the reverse is very interesting. It is no longer a fairly traditional eagle. It is artwork based on Native American culture.
Now, each year the coin is a new type, so even type set collectors have to acquire an example.
Mintages have come back amazingly strongly. So far there are 73,640,000 struck this year alone.
Compare that to the early 2000s when just 2 million to 4 million were being struck at Denver and Philadelphia.
This change has to be attributed to collectors because we sure aren’t seeing the general public demanding to use the new coins.
That change in collector demand is remarkable.
Do you collect the Native American dollar coins?