The design approved by Treasury Secretary Timothy F. Geithner for
the reverse of the 2012 Native American dollar coin was unveiled Nov.
25 by U.S. Mint officials.
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, one of 13 presented by the Mint to the Commission of
Fine Arts and Citizens Coinage Advisory Committee for their review,
was recommended by the CFA on June 16 and the CCAC on June 27.
Before review by the CFA and CCAC, the 13 proposed designs were
reviewed by the Congressional Native American Caucus, the Senate
Committee on Indian Affairs and the National Congress of the American
Indian, according to Ron Harrigal, acting chief engraver and division
chief for new products and development at the United States Mint.
The 2012 reverse 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
sculptured by United States Mint Medallic Sculptor Phebe Hemphill.
The obverse design of the Native American dollar retains the
familiar Sacagawea design by sculptor Glenna Goodacre that has
appeared on the dollar coin since 2000.
The Native American dollar series began in 2009 under provisions
of the Native American $1 Coin Act of 2008.
Inscriptions on the obverse are LIBERTY and IN GOD WE TRUST. The
coins are minted in the distinctive golden color with the date, Mint
mark and E PLURIBUS UNUM incuse on the edge. ■