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Native American $1 celebrates contributions to Space Program

In February, the United States Mint released the 2019 Native American $1 coin. Its reverse pays homage to the contributions of Native Americans to the nation’s Space Program.


The design shows mathematician and engineer Mary Golda Ross writing calculations. Behind her, an Atlas-Agena rocket launches into space, with an equation inscribed in its cloud. An astronaut, symbolic of Native American astronauts including John Herrington, spacewalks above. In the field behind, a group of stars indicates outer space.

United States Mint Artistic Infusion Program designer Emily Damstra created the design, which Mint Sculptor-Engraver Joseph Menna sculpted.

The coin is crafted with a circulating finish and features a lettered edge inscribed with year of issue, mintmark, and “E PLURIBUS UNUM.” The obverse, by sculptor Glenna Goodacre, features Sacagawea carrying her infant son, Jean Baptiste.

The Native American $1 coin is available in 25-coin rolls, 100-coin bags, and 250-coin boxes. Examples were struck at both the Denver and Philadelphia Mints.

For further information, including pricing and ordering details, visit the U.S. Mint website at:

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