Tomorrow, April 22, 2013 at 12:00 Noon ET, the United States Mint will begin sales of circulating quality 2013 Native American Dollars in an array of rolls, bags, and boxes. Since 2009, the series has featured an annually rotating reverse design to highlight the contributions and accomplishments of Native Americans.
This year’s design commemorates the Delaware Treaty of 1778, which was the first written treaty between the new United States and a Native American tribe. The treaty provided the United States with passage through the Delaware Tribe’s land to attack the British at Detroit. It also recognized the Delwares as a sovereign nation and provided the option of joining with other tribes in the Ohio region to form a state.
The reverse design of the coin features a depiction of a turkey, howling wolf, and turtle, all symbols of the clans of the Delaware Tribe. Thirteen stars appear in a semi-circle to represent the Colonies. Inscriptions include “United States of America”, “$1″, and “Treaty with the Delawares 1778″. This was designed by Susan Gamble and engraved by Phebe Hemphill.
On the obverse is the Glenna Goodacre portrait of Sacagawea and child, used for the previous Sacagawea Dollar series. Inscriptions include “Liberty” and “In God We Trust”. The motto “E Pluribus Unum”, the date, and mint mark appear on the edge of the coin.
The US Mint will offer rolls, bags, and boxes of circulating quality 2013 Native American Dollars in an array of options. The 25-coin rolls are priced at $32.95, the 100-coin bags are $111.95, the 250-coin boxes are $275.95, and the 500-coin boxes are $550.95. Each option is available containing coins from either the Denver or Philadelphia Mint. A standard shipping and handling fee of $4.95 applies to all orders. An addition charge of $7.95 for each 500-coin box is also imposed.
Last year, sales of the the Presidential Dollars far exceeded sales of the Native American Dollars. Across circulating quality options, each of the first three 2012 Presidential Dollars have sold more than twice the number of coins than the 2012 Native American Dollar. Both series are now only produced for numismatic distribution and are not released for circulation.
There is still technically a requirement that the number of Native American Dollars minted and issued each year shall be not less than 20% of the total number of $1 coins minted and issued during the year. However, the US Mint has failed to meet this requirement for at least two years with seemingly no repercussions. The US Mint has requested legislation to remove this requirement.