The U.S. Mint began accepting orders Feb. 15 for numismatic products
containing bags, rolls and boxes of circulation-quality 2018 Native American dollars.
For bag, roll and box sales, products containing coins struck at the
Denver Mint are offered separately from products containing coins from
the Philadelphia Mint.
Native American dollars are still being struck in circulation
quality at the two facilities, but neither product is released from
the Mint for general circulation.
Circulation distribution ended in December 2011 when Timothy F.
Geithner, Treasury Secretary at the time, indefinitely suspended their
release into circulation because dollar coins were being stockpiled in
Federal Reserve vaults.
The 2018 numismatic products being offered are 100-coin bags from
either Mint for $111.95 per bag; 250-coin boxes for $275.95; and
25-coin rolls for $32.95 per roll.
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The coins will be also struck with a satiny finish for inclusion in
annual Uncirculated Mint sets that will go on sale sometime this spring.
The San Francisco Mint is striking the coins with a Proof finish for
inclusion in the 2018-S Proof set (March 6), Silver Proof set (spring
2018) and other special collector sets slated for later in the
The reverse of the 2018 Native American dollar was designed and
sculptured by U.S. Mint Sculptor-Engraver Michael Gaudioso.
Gaudioso’s design depicts a portrait of Native American athlete and
Olympic gold medalist Jim Thorpe along with renditions of Thorpe
playing football and participating in track and field events for the
pentathlon and decathlon in the 1912 Olympics, for which he won gold medals.
A member of the Sac and Fox Nation, Thorpe became the first Native
American to win a gold medal for his home country.
In 1913, the Amateur Athletic Union withdrew Thorpe’s amateur status
retroactively, after it was learned that Thorpe was paid to play
baseball professionally in 1909 and 1910.
Thorpe was subsequently stripped of his Olympic
gold medals by the International Olympic Committee, being declared a
Thorpe went on to continue playing professional baseball for a
number of years, starting with the New York Giants.
Thorpe struggled throughout the remainder of his life trying to
maintain non-sports-related employment.
Thorpe died of heart failure on March 28, 1953, at age 65.