2022 Native American $1 Coin Image Unveiled

The United States Mint is preparing to launch new products containing 2022 Native American $1 Coins and, in doing so, has published images of the dollar which depicts Ely S. Parker, a US Army officer, engineer, and tribal diplomat, who served as military secretary to Ulysses S. Grant during the US Civil War.

Images of the 2022 Native American $1 Coin (obverse and reverse)

The dollar series features annually changing reverses that celebrate contributions made by Indian tribes and individual Native Americans to the history and development of the United States. This year’s dollar shows Parker in Army uniform with a quill pen and book. The pen and book, along with a likeness of Parker’s signature, are symbols of his experience as an expert communicator.

Around the design are inscriptions of “UNITED STATES OF AMERICA” and “$1.” There are also inscriptions to the side of “TONAWANDA SENECA” and “HA-SA-NO-AN-DA,” recognizing his tribe and the name given to him at birth.

2022 Ely S Parker Native American DollarsA larger image of the 2022 dollar reverse

Created by Artistic Infusion Program (AIP) Designer Paul C. Balan and sculpted by US Mint Chief Engraver Joseph Menna, the design was selected from among 17 candidates.

2022 Native American $1 Coin Candidate DesignsA sampling of the candidate designs that were originally considered for the reverse (tails side) of the 2022 Native American $1 Coin

Authorized under Public Law 110-82 and introduced in 2009, the Mint’s Native American $1 Coin Program has celebrated:

  • 2009 – Three Sisters Agriculture
  • 2010 – Great Tree of Peace and the Iroquois Confederacy
  • 2011 – Great Wampanoag Nation
  • 2012 – Trade Routes
  • 2013 – Treaty with the Delawares
  • 2014 – Native Hospitality Ensured the Success of the Lewis and Clark Expedition
  • 2015 – Contributions of the Kahnawake Mohawk and Mohawk Akwesasne communities to “high iron” construction work
  • 2016 – Contributions of the Native American Code Talkers in World War I and World War II
  • 2017 – Sequoyah, inventor of the Cherokee Syllabary
  • 2018 – Sports legend Jim Thorpe, a member of the Sac and Fox tribe
  • 2019 – Mary Golda Ross, the first known Native American female engineer, and a space-walking astronaut symbolic of Native American astronauts
  • 2020 – Elizabeth Peratrovich for her contributions to the passage of the 1945 Anti-Discrimination Law by the Alaskan territorial government
  • 2021 – Honoring the service of American Indians in the US military
2021 Native American $1 Coin reverse and reverseThe 2021 Native American $1 Coin celebrates Native Americans in the US military
2020 Native American $1 Coin images - obverse and reverseThe 2020 Native American $1 Coin honors Elizabeth Peratrovich 2019 Native American $1 Coin - obverse and reverseThe 2019 Native American $1 Coin honors Mary Golda Ross
2018 Native American $1 Dollar CoinThe 2018 Native American dollar honors sports legend James Francis “Jim” Thorpe (1888-1953) Native American 2017 $1 Dollar CoinThe theme for the 2017 Native American dollar honors Sequoyah, inventor of the Cherokee Syllabary
2016 Native American $1 Dollar CoinThe theme for the 2016 Native American dollar design commemorates Code Talkers 2015 Native American $1 Dollar CoinThe theme for the 2015 Native American dollar design commemorates Mohawk Ironworkers
2014 Native American $1 Dollar CoinThe theme for the 2014 Native American dollar design commemorates native hospitality 2012 Native American $1 Dollar CoinThe theme for the 2013 Native American dollar commemorates the Delaware Treaty of 1778
2012 Native American $1 Dollar CoinThe theme for the 2012 Native American dollar design features ‘Trade Routes in the 17th Century’ 2011 Native American 1 dollar coinThe theme for 2011 Native American dollar design depicts ‘Diplomacy – Treaties with Tribal Nations’
2010 Native American $1 coinThe 2010 Native American dollar design symbolizes ‘Government — The Great Tree of Peace’ 2009 Native American $1 coinThe theme for the 2009 Native American dollar design depicts the ‘Spread of Three Sisters Agriculture’

Common obverse design

Obverses (heads side) of Native American $1 Coins share the same portrait of “Sacagawea” as designed by sculptor Glenna Goodacre. The familiar image has been around since the Sacagawea golden dollar debuted in 2000. Inscriptions around Sacagawea read “LIBERTY” and “IN GOD WE TRUST.”

2019-P Enhanced Uncirculated Native American $1 Coin - Obverse,bThis CoinNews photo shows the obverse of a Native American $1 Coin. This design is common across all coins in the series. Dollar coins have a composition of 88.5% copper, 6% zinc, 3.5% manganese and 2% nickel. Each weigh 8.1 grams, have a diameter of 26.49 mm and a thickness of 2.00 mm.

An edge inscription indicates the year of issue, mint mark, and the motto “E PLURIBUS UNUM.”

Edge of 2019-P Enhanced Uncirculated Native American $1 CoinThis CoinNews photo shows an edge of a 2019-dated dollar. All $1 coin edges bear their year of minting, the mint mark for the US Mint facility where it was produced, and the motto E PLURIBUS UNUM.

Upcoming US Mint Dollar Products

Dollar coins have not been released into circulation since 2011. The US Mint manufactures them solely for its numismatic products sold here. The first US Mint products with 2022-dated Native American dollars will be available for order on Feb. 9. Options will include 25-coin rolls, 100-coin bags, and 250-coin boxes containing circulating quality dollars produced at US Mint production facilities in Denver and Philly.

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