2022 American 1 dollar coin design depicts Ely Parker

The United States Mint unveiled the design for the 2022 Native American 1 coin last month. The US Mint’s dollar range includes annually rotating backs (tail sides) that honor important contributions by Native American tribes and individual Native Americans to the history and development of the United States.

US Mint Line Art image of the 2022 Native American design depicting Ely Parker

The design for 2022 features Ely S. Parker, a U.S. Army officer, engineer, and tribal diplomat who served as Ulysses S. Grant’s military secretary during the U.S. Civil War.

Chosen from 17 candidates and after making some minor changes, the final design shows Parker in Army uniform with quill pen and book. The pen and book, along with a copy of Parker’s signature, are symbols of his experience as a skilled communicator, notes the US Mint.

Inverted inscriptions include “$ 1,“ UNITED STATES OF AMERICAN, ”“ TONAWANDA SENECA, ”and“ HA-SA-NO-AN-DA. ”The latter two recognize Parker’s tribe and the name given to him at birth.

The designer of the US Mint’s artistic infusion program, Paul C. Balan, created the design while Joseph Menna, chief engraver for the US Mint, completed the sculpture for the coinage.

Native American fronts (heads) are common, with a portrait of “Sacagawea” carrying her young son, as designed by sculptor Glenna Goodacre. The familiar image has been around since the Sacagawea Golden Dollar was introduced in 2000. Inscriptions around Sacagawea include “LIBERTY” and “IN GOD WE TRUST”.

The year “2022”, a mint mark, and “E PLURIBUS UNUM” are engraved on the edge of each dollar.

The US Mint will begin selling rolls, bags, and boxes of dollars on February 9, 2022.

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