Today, March 19, 2015 at 12:00 Noon ET, the United States Mint will begin accepting orders for products containing circulating quality 2015 Native American Dollars. This represents the seventh release within the series which has featured annually rotating reverse designs celebrating the contributions and accomplishments of Native Americans.
The design for this year honors the Mohawk Ironworkers who worked from 1886 onwards building prominent landmarks in New York City and other skylines. Some of the prominent buildings included Empire State Building, the Chrysler Building, the George Washington Bridge, and the World Trade Center. The Mohawk Ironworkers had a reputation as top notch workers on high steel who did not fear heights or dangerous conditions.
The revere design of the coin depicts an ironworker as he reaches for an I-beam that is swinging into position. A high elevation view of the city skyline appears in the background. The inscriptions include “United States of America”, “Mohawk Ironworkers”, and the denomination “$1”. There are rivets on the left and right side of the border. The reverse was designed by Ronald D. Sanders and engraved by Phebe Hemphill.
Initially, the United States Mint had prepared 20 different reverse design candidates for the theme. During the design review phase, both the Citizens Coinage Advisory Committee and Commission of Fine Arts had recommended an alternate design featuring a Mohawk iron worker waking across an I-beam against a stylized city skyline. Find coverage of their discussions and recommendations here and here. Under the authorizing legislation, additional groups also review design candidates and provide their recommendations. These groups include the Committee on Indian Affairs of the Senate, the Congressional Native American Caucus of the House of Representatives, and the National Congress of American Indians.
The Secretary of the Treasury had the final authority to select the reverse design after weighing the recommendations of all of these groups.
The obverse of the coin features the familiar portrait of Sacagawea and child designed by Glenna Goodacre. The design has been used for the previous Sacagaewa Dollar series from 2000 to 2008 and the current Native American Dollar series from 2009 to present. The inscriptions include “Liberty” and “In God We Trust”. The additional motto “E Pluribus Unum”, the date, and mint mark appear on the edge of the coin.
The circulating quality 2015 Native American Dollars are available within six different product options. This includes 25-coin rolls from either the Philadelphia or Denver Mint priced at $32.95 each, 100-coin bags from either mint priced at $111.95 each, and 250-coin boxes from either mint priced at $275.95 each. The price levels for the products remain unchanged from the prior year.
All products come in US Mint branded packaging with wrappers or tags which indicate the date, face value, and mint mark of the contents.
The latest circulating coin production figures for the 2015 Native American Dollars show 2.8 million pieces struck at the Philadelphia Mint and 2.1 million pieces struck at the Denver Mint. These figures are below the prior year levels of 3.08 million pieces struck at Philadelphia and 5.6 million pieces struck at Denver.