Native American Heritage

The U.S. Mint is proud to offer a variety of coins and medals commemorating the contributions made by Native Americans in shaping our country’s history. Among these treasures is the annual Native American $1 Coin. Each issue of the dollar coin pays tribute to an important Native American on its reverse side, while the obverse carries the program’s signature image of the “Sacagawea” coin design first produced in 2000. Elegant, unique, and powerful the U.S. Mint’s collectibles honoring Native American Heritage span all walks of life—from sports to the sciences, the Armed Forces, and more—bringing to life the rich tapestry of culture, tradition, and history that helped shaped our Nation.
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To add to our keepsakes, we call out to the recognition of the Native American Code Talkers and their valor and dedication to the U.S. Armed Services during World Wars I and II. “Code talkers” refers to those Native Americans who used their tribal languages as a means of secret communication during wartime.

Collectors and non-collectors fall in love with our iconic 24-karat gold American Buffalo One Ounce Gold Proof Coin and its designs based on the original 1913 Type I Buffalo nickel designed by James Earle Fraser.

New designs for the reverse of the annual Native American $1 Coin are selected by the Secretary of the Treasury after consulting with the U.S. Senate Committee on Indian Affairs, the Congressional Native American Caucus of the U.S. House of Representatives, the Commission of Fine Arts and the National Congress of American Indians, and after public review by the Citizens Coinage Advisory Committee. Native American $1 Coin also feature the current issue year, the inscriptions LIBERTY and IN GOD WE TRUST, and the mint mark along the coin’s edge.

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