Today, the United States Mint began sales for their first 2010 dated product. The 2010 Native American Dollars are being offered through the Direct Ship Program.
The 2010 Native American Dollar features a portrait of Sacagawea and child on the obverse and the Hiawatha Belt on the reverse. This belt is a visual record of the creation of the Haudenosaunee or Iroqouis Confederacy in the early 1400s. This is the second reverse design for the series celebrating the accomplishments and contributions of Native Americans.
The Direct Ship Program was created to make dollar coins more available to the public and encourage their use in circulation. Since the program was introduced in June 2008, the US Mint has distributed more than $130 million in dollar coins through the program. After some widely reported abuses, the US Mint added messages to the product pages which state that by ordering the coins, customers must understand and comply with the intended purpose of the program and not immediately deposit the coins at a bank.
The 2010 Native American Dollars are available in boxes of 250 coins. The coins are wrapped in rolls of 25, with ten rolls to a box. The $250 boxes may be ordered at face value with no charges for shipping and handling. There is a limit of 20 boxes per household. The mint mark of the coins cannot be specified. At various times the US Mint has issued either Philadelphia or Denver Mint coins through the program. You can find the US Mint’s product page here.
Update: The US Mint has unexpectedly added 2001 Sacagwea Dollars to the Direct Ship Program as well. The 2001-P Sacagawea Dollar had a mintage of 62,468,00 and the 2001-D had a mintage of 70,939,500. This was the last year the Sacagawea Dollar was struck for circulation- in subsequent years the coins were produced only for sale in numismatic bags and rolls or annual sets.