The 2022 Native American dollar will become available to collectors in rolls, boxes and bags on Feb. 9, marking the third program release of the year after the Negro Leagues Baseball commemorative coins went on sale Jan. 6 and the Maya Angelou American Women quarter on Feb. 7.
This year’s coin honors Ely S. Parker, a U.S. Army officer, engineer and tribal diplomat, who served as military secretary to Ulysses S. Grant during the U.S. Civil War. When Robert E. Lee surrendered at Appomattox, Va., on the morning of April 9, 1865, Parker rendered the formal surrender documents in his own hand.
Designed by Paul C. Balan sculpted by Joseph Menna, the reverse design features Parker, depicted in Army uniform, with a quill pen and book, along with a likeness of his graceful signature, as symbols of his experience as an expert communicator. The inscriptions “TONAWANDA SENECA” and “HA-SA-NO-AN-DA” recognize his tribe and the name given to him at birth. Additional inscriptions include “UNITED STATES OF AMERICA” and “$1.”
The obverse continues to feature the central figure, “Sacagawea,” carrying her infant son, Jean Baptiste, by sculptor Glenna Goodacre. Inscriptions are “LIBERTY” and “IN GOD WE TRUST.” The year, mintmark and “E PLURIBUS UNUM” are incused on the edge of the coin.
Coins can be purchased in the form of 25-coin rolls, 100-coin bags and 250-coin boxes, all available in “P” or “D” mintmark options. Further details, including product prices, were not available at press time. Visit catalog.usmint.gov for more.
The Native American $1 Coin Program is authorized by Public Law 110-82 to recognize the important contributions made by Native American tribes and individual Native Americans to the history and development of the United States. The public law mandates a new reverse design with an image emblematic of one important Native American or Native American contribution each year.