The Citizens Coinage
Advisory Committee Oct. 7 recommended designs for the reverses
of the 2017 and 2018 Native American dollar coins.
The panel reviewed 13 proposed designs for the 2017 reverse and 15
for the 2018 reverse. Whatever design is given final approval by the
Treasury secretary or his designee will be paired with sculptor Glenna
Goodacre's portrait of Sacagawea and son Jean-Baptiste, first
introduced on the Sacagawea dollar in 2000 and continued on the Native
American dollar series begun in 2009.
The recommended reverse for the 2017 Native American dollar features
a profile of Sequoyah, a Cherokee silversmith and inventor of
the Cherokee Syllabary. He is shown creating the original characters
for the syllabary. Additional inscriptions are CHEROKEE SYLLABARY as
well as Sequoyah's name in English at the lower border and in Cherokee
above his writing tablet.
The CCAC urges use of the Lithos font and wants CHEROKEE SYLLABARY
changed to CHEROKEE NATION.
For the 2018 reverse, the CCAC considered designs depicting Sac (or
Sauk) and Fox Native American athlete Jim
Thorpe, billed as the "world's greatest athlete." The
group's recommended design depicts Thorpe in a football uniform and
helmet, with a football clutched in his left arm. Thorpe's depiction
is superimposed over a silhouette of Thorpe's ancestor, Chief Black Hawk.
Inscriptions are WA-THO-HUK-BRIGHT-PATH, JIM THORPE and UNITED
STATES OF AMERICA.
The CCAC recommends the inscription JIM THORPE be moved from over
the Chief Black Hawk silhouette in place of BRIGHT-PATH along the left
border. The group also commends slightly enlarging Thorpe's depiction.