The United States Mint has announced the reverse design selection for the 2013 Native American Dollar. This will be the fifth in a series of annual rotating reverse designs which are intended to highlight the contributions and accomplishments of Native Americans.
The design for the coming year will represent the Treaty With the Delawares, which was the first formal treaty between the new United States and a Native American tribe. It was signed on September 17, 1778 at Fort Pitt, Pennsylvania.
The design features a turkey, howling wolf, and turtle, which are animal symbols of the clans of the Delaware tribe. The three animals are surrounded by a semi-circle of thirteen stars, which represent the original 13 Colonies. The inscriptions read “United States of America”, “$1”, and “Treaty With the Delawares 1778”. This was designed by Susan Gamble and sculpted by Phebe Hemphill.
On the obverse of the coin will be the familiar portrait of Sacagawea and child designed by Glenna Goodacre for the preceding Sacagawea Dollar series. The inscriptions read “Liberty” and “God We Trust”. The date, mint mark, and “E Pluribus Unum” appear on the edge of the coin.
The Native American $1 Coin Act calls for the reverse design to be selected by the Treasury of the Secretary, following consultation or review by the Commission of Fine Arts (CFA), Citizens Coinage Advisory Committee (CCAC), 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 review and recommendations of the CFA and CCAC were covered in articles published on CoinUpdate.com which can be found here and here. The recommendation of the CFA appears below at left, while the recommendation of the CCAC appears below at right.
Mint News Blog also provided readers with a chance to vote on their favorite design among the various alternatives. Within this unofficial poll, the top percentage of votes at 45.56% were received by the alternative which was selected as the final reverse design. This was followed at 31.88% by an alternative which featured a quill pen and feather against a background of parchment. In third place was the cloth pattern design recommended by the CFA at 10.48%. A quick breakdown is shown below, visit the original post for the full results.