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The ceremonial launch of the 2011 Native American dollar that will feature a peace pipe design on the reverse was slated for Jan. 12, 2011, in Plymouth, Mass.
Open to the public, the ceremony was to be held at 10:30 a.m. Eastern Time at the Plimoth Plantation Henry Hornblower II Visitor Center.
Kids 18 and under will get a free example of the new dollar coin while the adults in the crowd can buy rolls of 25 coins for face value.
The dollar coin’s peace pipe design represents Supreme Sachem Ousamequin, Massasoit of the Great Wampanoag Nation, creating an alliance with settlers at Plymouth Bay (1621), according to the Mint.
The Massasoit’s hand offering Gov. John Carver’s hand the ceremonial peace pipe after the first formal written peace alliance between the Wampanoag tribe and European settlers is all that can be seen in the design.
On the obverse is the standard Sacagawea design.
Visit the Mint’s website at usmint.gov Jan. 22 when rolls of the new coins will become available to collectors.