The reverse design selected by Acting Deputy Treasury Secretary
Mary Miller for the reverse of the 2014 Native American dollar was
released Oct. 22 by the U.S. Mint.
The theme for the design is “Native Hospitality Ensured the
Success of the Lewis and Clark Expedition.”
The new reverse design, created by U.S. Mint Artistic Infusion
Program Master Designer Chris Costello, depicts a Native American man
offering a pipe, while his wife offers provisions of fish, corn,
roots, and gourds.
The design’s background reflects a stylized image of the face of
Capt. William Clark’s compass, highlighting the northwest quadrant
that the Lewis and Clark Expedition explored.
U.S. Mint Medallic Sculptor Joseph F. Menna is sculpturing
Costello’s design. The designer’s initials of both artists will appear
on the reverse.
The 2014 reverse is being paired with sculptor Glenna Goodacre’s
Sacagawea design, introduced in 2000.
The Native American dollars are being struck in Proof and
Uncirculated quality for inclusion in numismatic collector sets, and
in circulation quality to be offered in bags and rolls as numismatic
products at prices above face value.
None of the circulation quality Native American dollars are being
produced for general circulation distribution.
The approved 2014 Native American dollar coin reverse is the one
the Citizens Coinage Advisory Committee recommended. The Commission of
Fine Arts had recommended another design, one showing an Indian chief
giving Meriwether Lewis critical advice on how to cross the Rocky
Mountains on his and William Clark’s expedition through the newly
acquired Louisiana Purchase. ■