Although there was no official announcement, unveiling ceremony, or press release, the Treasury Department has selected the reverse design for the 2014 Native American Dollar. The theme for the design is Native American hospitality which helped ensure the success of the Lewis and Clark expedition.
The selected reverse design depicts a Native American man offering a pipe and his wife offering provisions of fish, corn, roots, and gourds. The background includes a stylized image of the face of William Clark’s compass highlighting “NW” indicating the Corps of Discovery’s journey through the Northwest. The design is intended to symbolize the unity of families in offering aid, support, and friendship to those in the expedition.
This reverse design will be paired with Glenna Goodacre’s obverse design featuring Sacagawea and child that has been used for the previous Sacagawea Dollar series from 2000 to 2008 and the current Native American Dollar series from 2009 to present.
An article published online by CoinWorld this morning indicated the Treasury Department design selection. An inquiry to the US Mint confirmed the selection, despite the lack of any public announcement. The design was apparently approved on September 23.
The selected design was one of seven candidates provided by the United States Mint. The various groups who reviewed the designs had made five different recommendations from the field of seven. The Citizens Coinage Advisory Committee had recommended the design eventually selected by the Treasury Department.
I had provided Mint News Blog readers with the opportunity to vote on their preferred design. Two candidates emerged as the leaders capturing roughly half of the vote. The design selected by the Treasury Department had the fifth highest vote total at 10.75%
The 2014 Native American Dollar will represent the sixth release of the series which features annually rotating reverse designs honoring Native Americans and the important contributions made by tribes and individuals to the development and history of the United States. Since 2012, the coins have only been distributed within US Mint numismatic products.