The approved design sculpted for the reverse of the 2015 Native American $1 coin shows some elements
modified from the design recommended by both the Commission of Fine
Arts and Citizens
Coinage Advisory Committee.
The reverse design depicts a Mohawk ironworker reaching for an
I-beam that is swinging into position. Rivets punctuate the left and
right side of the border, and a high elevation view of the city
skyline is seen in the background.
The 2015 Native American dollar reverse was designed by U.S. Mint
Artistic Infusion Program artist Ronald D. Sanders and sculptured by U.S. Mint
Medallic Sculptor Phebe Hemphill.
The main modification is that the inscription UNITED STATES OF
AMERICA is more spread out, changing the relative positioning of
various letters in that inscription compared to other elements of the
design. The hexagonal rivets on either side of the inscription UNITED
STATES OF AMERICA are also consequently lower in the border than in
the proposed design. The ironworker's left hand on the final design is
under the upright of the T in UNITED, whereas in the proposed design,
the the N in UNITED is positioned above that left hand.
Also modified is the representation of the denomination. On the
final design, the dollar sign font is more stylized that on the
proposed design. The numeral 1 in the final design appears without
feet on the base and has a straight diagonal at the top, while in the
proposed design the digit 1 has a footed base and a slope in the upper diagonal.
Also, in the inscription in the bottom border, below the panoramic
view of New York City, on the final design, IRONWORKERS appears as one
word, while on the recommended design, it appears as two words, IRON WORKERS.
Deputy Treasury Secretary Sarah Bloom Raskin, on behalf of Treasury
Secretary Jacob “Jack” Lew, gave final approval to the
adopted design on July 21, 2014. The design was one of 21 designs
reviewed independently by both congressionally authorized advisory
panels. Both the CFA and CCAC recommended the design that Raskin approved.