The 2010 Native American $1 coin was introduced to the American public Jan. 25 at the Smithsonian Institution’s Museum of the American Indian George Gustav Heye Center in Manhattan.
The coin, whose reverse design honors the Iroquois Confederacy, was introduced by U.S. Mint Director Ed Moy and Heye Center Director John Haworth.
“The design is an acknowledgement of the confederation’s influence on Western political thought, including concepts of equality and democratic self-government that existed on the North American continent long before the founding of the United States,” Moy said.
The confederacy consisted of five tribal nations joined by a single constitution in the 1400s in upstate New York.
The design for the 2010 coin is based on the theme, “Government – The Great Tree of Peace.” It depicts the Hiawatha Belt with five arrows bound together and with the inscriptions UNITED STATES OF AMERICA, $1, HAUDENOSAUNEE and GREAT LAW OF PEACE.
The reverse was designed by United States Mint Artistic Infusion Program Master Designer Thomas Cleveland and sculpted by United States Mint Sculptor-Engraver Charles L. Vickers.
The obverse features the image of Sacagawea with the inscriptions LIBERTY and IN GOD WE TRUST.
Following the event, Moy and Haworth presented each child with a new coin and adults exchanged paper currency for rolls of the new coin.
The coins went on sale the same day. The 25-coin rolls, priced at $35.95 each, contain coins from the Mint facilities at Philadelphia or Denver. The Mint will accept orders for the rolls and bags of coins at its secure Web site, www.usmint.gov/catalog, or at the toll-free number, 1-800-USA-MINT (872-6468). Domestic orders will be assessed a shipping and handling fee of $4.95.