In a recent press release, the United States Mint described the upcoming 2012 Native American $1 coin reverse design. The coin has had a new reverse design each year since 2009 to recognize Native Americans for their contributions to the development of the nation. The upcoming image will feature horses.
"Trade Routes in the 17th Century" is the design’s central theme. The profile of a horse and a Native American wearing a feathered headdress is in the foreground while three running horses are in the background. The image was designed by United States Mint AIP Master Designer Thomas Cleveland and sculpted by United States Mint Sculptor-Engraver Phebe Hemphill.
Its obverse will be the familiar Sacagawea design used since 2000.
The new Native American dollar is expected out in early 2012. Like any coin, its circulation mintage will depend on demand, with a slight exception. Due to Public Law 110-82, the Native American design must be 20 percent of the total number of $1 coins minted, which includes the Presidential dollars, each year.
Previous design themes were an agricultural theme in 2009 representing the Three Sisters method of planting, Government — The Great Tree of Peace in 2010, and Supreme Sachem Ousamequin, Massasoit of the Great Wampanoag Nation Creates Alliance with Settlers at Plymouth Bay (1621) in 2011.
For more details about the 2012 Native American $1 coin reverse design, the United States Mint press release follows.
United States Mint Announces Reverse Design for 2012 Native American $1 Coin
WASHINGTON – The United States Mint announced today the new reverse (tails side) design that Americans will see on the 2012 Native American $1 Coin. The theme for the design is "Trade Routes in the 17th Century."
In keeping with the coin’s theme, the 2012 reverse design features a Native American and horse in profile, with horses running in the background, representing the historical spread of the horse. The design includes the required inscriptions UNITED STATES OF AMERICA and $1. The reverse was designed by United States Mint Artistic Infusion Program Master Designer Thomas Cleveland and sculpted by United States Mint Sculptor-Engraver Phebe Hemphill.
The obverse (heads side) design of the Native American $1 Coin will continue to feature the familiar "Sacagawea" design by sculptor Glenda Goodacre that has appeared on the coin since 2000. Inscriptions on the obverse are LIBERTY and IN GOD WE TRUST. The coins are minted in the distinctive golden color with the year, mint mark and E PLURIBUS UNUM incused on the edge.
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