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New Starting in 2009, Native American United States dollar coin.

Native American $1 Coin Act

    Ever since the Golden Dollar was first made in 2000, an eagle has soared on the back of the coin.  Now, thanks to the Native American $1 Coin Program, there will be a new design there every year! The United States Mint will mint and issue $1 coins featuring designs celebrating the important contributions made by Indian tribes and individual Native Americans to the history and development of the United States. The obverse design remains the central figure of the "Sacagawea" design first produced in 2000, and contains the inscriptions LIBERTY and IN GOD WE TRUST. The reverse design changes each year to celebrate an important contribution of Indian tribes, or individual Native Americans, and contain the inscriptions $1 and UNITED STATES OF AMERICA. Like the Presidential $1 Coins, the Native American $1 Coins maintain their distinctive edge and golden color and feature edge-lettering of the year, mint mark and E PLURIBUS UNUM.

Sacagawea profileThe 2009 Native American $1 Coin reverse features a Native American woman planting seeds in a field of corn, beans and squash and the inscriptions UNITED STATES OF AMERICA and $1.

Until the conclusion of the Presidential $1 Coin Program, the coins will be issued, to the maximum extent practicable, in chronological order of the events or lives of the persons being featured on the reverse design. In general, five distinct $1 coins will be issued each year -- four Presidential $1 Coins and one Native American $1 Coin. After the completion of the Presidential $1 Coin Program, the Native American $1 Coin Program will continue, featuring designs in any order determined to be appropriate by the Secretary of the Treasury after consultation with the Senate Committee on Indian Affairs, the House of Representatives Congressional Native American Caucus and the National Congress of American Indians.

The United States Mint will prepare a timeline of events and personal contributions of Native Americans for the program until at least 2016. This timeline will be used to create candidate designs for consideration. At various stages in the evaluation process, the United States Mint will consult with the Committee on Indian Affairs, Congressional Native American Caucus, National Congress of American Indians, U.S. Commission of Fine Arts and the Citizens Coinage Advisory Committee. The Secretary of the Treasury makes the final selection of designs to be minted and issued.

The United States Mint will continue to produce Presidential $1 Coins and Native American $1 Coins so that the total quantity of $1 coins minted and issued for circulation is sufficient to meet the needs of the Nation. The law requires that at least 20 percent of all such $1 coins minted and issued in any year be Native American $1 Coins.

 

2009:  Three Sisters of Agriculture

Agriculture has always been important in Native American cultures.  Without Native American fruits, nuts, and vegetables, the first groups of European colonists probably could not have survived.  Both through trade and by directly sharing information, American Indians helped provide the food that the early colonists needed.  Whatís more, vegetables native to the New World were soon brought to Europe and became common there.

Native Americans practiced gardening techniques that are still part of agriculture today, such as rotating crops, cross-breeding plants, developing watering methods, and companion planting.  Three Sisters agriculture is a good example of companion planting, where more than one type of plant is grown in an area.

In Three Sisters agriculture, three particular crops are grown together:  corn, beans, and squash.  This technique probably began in Mexico, where maize was developed as corn.

In this planting relationship, the corn stalks support the bean vines.  The beans add nitrogen to the soil, which feeds the corn.  Squash vines grow along the ground, with large leaves that shade the ground, keeping it from drying out and discouraging the growth of weeds, which would steal nutrients from all the plants.

These plants donít compete for nutrients and space.  In fact, the corn, beans, and squash can actually produce more fruit when grown together than they can separately.  Thatís what makes them such good companions!

 

    Statistics

  • Diameter: 26.49mm

  • Weight: 8.1g, 

  • Composition: Manganese-brass 88.5%cu,  6% Zinc, 3.5mn 2% ni

  • Thinkness 2mm

  • Edge: Edge Lettering

   Key dates - N/A

   Common known errors and varieties - N/A

   In closing - The Native American $1 Coin Program should be a fun series to collect and will be a nice addition to the President Dollar series. If you are looking for a good value of certified example check out our inventory of certified dollars.

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