United States Mint releases 2018 Native American $1 Coin reverse design

Washington — The United States Mint officially announced the reverse (tails) design of the 2018 Native American $1 Coin. The coin’s theme pays homage to sports legend Jim Thorpe.

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The 2018 reverse design depicts Jim Thorpe, with the foreground elements highlighting his football and Olympic achievements. Inscriptions are JIM THORPE, WA-THO-HUK (Thorpe’s Sac and Fox tribe name), UNITED STATES OF AMERICA, and $1. United States Mint Sculptor-Engraver Michael Gaudioso created the design.

Products containing the 2018 Native American $1 Coin are scheduled to go on sale on February 15, 2018.

Authorized by the Public Law 110-82, the Native American $1 Coin Program celebrates the important contributions made by Native American tribes and individual Native Americans to the history and development of the United States. The public law mandates that a reverse design, with an image emblematic of one important Native American or Native American contribution, be issued at a rate of once a year.

The obverse (heads) design of the Native American $1 Coin continues to feature the central figure Sacagawea carrying her infant son, Jean Baptiste. Inscriptions are LIBERTY and IN GOD WE TRUST, while the year, mint mark, and E PLURIBUS UNUM are incused on the coin’s edge.

About the United States Mint
The United States Mint was created by Congress in 1792 and became part of the Department of the Treasury in 1873.  It is the Nation’s sole manufacturer of legal tender coinage and is responsible for producing circulating coinage for the Nation to conduct its trade and commerce. The United States Mint also produces numismatic products, including Proof, Uncirculated, and commemorative coins; Congressional Gold Medals; and silver and gold bullion coins. Its numismatic programs are self-sustaining and operate at no cost to taxpayers.

Press release courtesy of the United States Mint

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  1. SmallPotatos says

    An excellent design! Not that the other previously werent, but I see this getti g some attention

  2. Jerry Diekmann says

    Nice design. I actually think the Native American designs and series sre so much better than anything the Mint has been producing for a long time now.

  3. Daveinswfl says

    Especially nice in the enhanced uncirculated and proof finishes!
    Wish these were THE dollar rather than the paper.

  4. Rick says

    Hello Folks: I see surprisingly strong sales numbers of a couple of first spouse gold coins. Please pay attention to the weekly report to be released later today.

  5. cagcrisp says


    I have been Very Negative on bitcoin specifically (not crypto in general).

    That being said, IF I could purchase THROUGH my BROKER, I WOULD be a buyer in the $15k area for a Trade…

  6. joe#2 says

    The million $ queation? WILL the US Mint be issuing more 2017-w proof gold buffaloes OR NOT????? IF they do will it go through MAY 2018 or end next week…. Who knows

  7. Tinto says

    Great image! This was the one I was rooting for when the CCAC was mulling the designs a while back. Really too bad the US Mint is no longer going to issue the C&C set with the EU finish, I really liked that format. Looks like I’ll have to buy a regular proof and unc set, instead.

    Hopefully the Mint won’t butcher the design when they put it on the coin …

  8. cagcrisp says

    16AN 2016 ATB SILVER UNC 5 OZ – FT MLTR 17,828 17
    17AJ 2017 ATB SILVER UNC 5 OZ – EFF MNDS 16,439 +36
    17AK 2017 ATB SILVER UNC 5 OZ – DOUGLASS 16,649 + 44
    17AL 2017 ATB SILVER UNC 5 OZ – OZARK 16,473 + 46
    17AM 2017 ATB SILVER UNC 5 OZ – ELLIS ISLAND 17,644 + 146
    17AN 2017 ATB SILVER UNC 5 OZ – G R CLARK 14,837 (82)

  9. cagcrisp says

    Buying the Gold on the Lowered Price…

    16XA 2016 WALKING LIBERTY 24K GOLD .5OZ 65,352 +115
    16XC 2016 STANDING LIBERTY 24K GOLD .25OZ 91,548 +133

  10. cagcrisp says

    16EA 2016 AM EAGLE SILVER PROOF 1 OZ 581,791 + 847

    16EB 2016 AM EAGLE GOLD PROOF 1 OZ 23,938 + 9
    16EC 2016 AM EAGLE GOLD PROOF 1/2 OZ 5,875 +8

    16EG 2016 AM EAGLE SILVER UNC 1 OZ 216,147 + 205

  11. cagcrisp says

    17EA 2017 AM EAGLE SILVER PROOF 1 OZ 366,284 +2,654

    17EB 2017 AM EAGLE GOLD PROOF 1 OZ 8,066 +114
    17EC 2017 AM EAGLE GOLD PROOF 1/2 OZ 2,197 + 54
    17ED 2017 AM EAGLE GOLD PROOF 1/4 OZ 3,832 + 92

    17EG 2017 AM EAGLE SILVER UNC 1 OZ 138,560 +718

    17EL 2017 AM BUFFALO GOLD PROOF 1 OZ 15,184 (134)

  12. cagcrisp says

    17XA 2017 AM LIBERTY 24K GOLD 1 OZ 27,022 +149
    17XB 2017 AM LIBERTY SILVER MEDAL (P) 54,061 + 297
    17XC 2017 225TH ANN ENHANCED UNC SET 210,398 (2)
    17XD 2017 AM LIBERTY SILVER 4-MEDAL SET 28,611 +213

  13. cagcrisp says

    Some Dismal numbers Considering All Boys Town offerings will be Low Mintage Wonders. I was Exceptionally Surprised about how Dismal sales of the Boys Town Gold Proof and 3 coin Proof set…

    17CA 2017 BOYS TOWN GOLD PROOF 1,681 +55
    17CB 2017 BOYS TOWN GOLD UNC 2,994 (1)
    17CC 2017 BOYS TOWN SILVER PROOF 25,856 +191
    17CD 2017 BOYS TOWN SILVER UNC 11,610 +577
    17CE 2017 BOYS TOWN CLAD PROOF 17,396 +121
    17CF 2017 BOYS TOWN CLAD UNC 15,059 +92
    17CG 2017 BOYS TOWN 3-COIN SET 5,453 +48

    17CH 2017 LIONS CLUBS SILVER PROOF 68,191 + 508
    17CJ 2017 LIONS CLUBS SILVER UNC 17,032 + 43

  14. cagcrisp says

    Some Dealer action here…Be wary of the 7 day return window. The +237 on Nixon and Ford will see Returns…

    JQ1 2015 FS GOLD PROOF 1/2 OZ – TRUMAN 2,739 –
    JQ2 2015 FS GOLD UNC 1/2 OZ – TRUMAN 1,931 + 3
    JQ4 2015 FS GOLD UNC 1/2 OZ – EISENHWR 2,091 +6
    JQ8 2015 FS GOLD UNC 1/2 OZ – JOHNSON 1,895 +11

    16SA 2016 FS GOLD PROOF 1/2 OZ – NIXON 2,634 +8
    16SB 2016 FS GOLD UNC 1/2 OZ – NIXON 1,975 +237
    16SC 2016 FS GOLD PROOF 1/2 OZ – FORD 2,458 + 9
    16SD 2016 FS GOLD UNC 1/2 OZ – FORD 1,975 + 237
    16SE 2016 FS GOLD PROOF 1/2 OZ – REAGAN 3,533 +9
    16SF 2016 FS GOLD UNC 1/2 OZ – REAGAN 1,998 +14

  15. cagcrisp says

    My Guess is that One particular Dealer is Gambling on the fact that Nixon and Ford are Already surpassing the Low Mintage Wonder of Roosevelt and HOPING that All Low Mintage Wonder Chasers will back off this week, and then the Dealer will return what he needs to keep Nixon and Ford under Roosevelt.

    What does the Dealer have to Lose? He either Chases off others and he Holds OR the Chasers keep ordering and he Returns.

    He really holds All the Cards with Risk/Reward in his favor…

  16. Daveinswfl says

    Yea, they should just go to a NO RETURNS ALLOWED policy. You get what you get and that’s it. That would change the ball game BIG TIME.
    Return the hobby to the hobbyists 😲

  17. cagcrisp says

    @Daveinswfl, I’ve said for a Long Time that the Mint needs to go to a No Return Policy. We ALL Pay for the pleasure of others to play…

  18. Tinto says

    Or at least have a 7 Day return policy for visible defects only as determined by the Mint (in which case the items will be sent to the melting pot) . If there are no defects, then the Mint should charge a MINIMUM 20% restocking fee.

  19. Leo S. says


    In one of your earlier responses, you said that no one wanted these little beauties (except for myself and a few other idiots). If that’s the case, who is going to buy the low mintage wonders from the suspected dealer who just purchased 237 of each of these?

  20. Artie43 says

    He really holds All the Cards with Risk/Reward in his favor… What’s the reward. I thought nobody wants these.

  21. Daveinswfl says

    My money is on the dealer’s intent to cherrypick the best of the 70s and return over 90% of the buy to “lock in” the low as these will not be sold in 2018. If he finds that they are not the low, his Plan B is to return them ALL.

    This is why the mint should discontinue accepting returns and pass on the savings (return postage + labor) in the form of lower premiums.

    God help the hobbyists – as the Mint is catering to these Big Boyz.

  22. cagcrisp says

    @Leo S. “In one of your earlier responses, you said that no one wanted these little beauties (except for myself and a few other idiots). If that’s the case, who is going to buy the low mintage wonders from the suspected dealer who just purchased 237 of each of these?”

    If I was Guessing it would be One of the TV Coin shows that Buys and Sells Low Mintage Wonders or other Inflated priced coins…

  23. cagcrisp says

    @Leo S. I also said that the 237 number would Not hold up. The 237 number is trying to get the Low Mintage Wonder distinction and once that is passed , there will be returns…

  24. Artie43 says

    Rick says
    DECEMBER 26, 2017 AT 9:12 AM

    Hello Folks: I see surprisingly strong sales numbers of a couple of first spouse gold coins. Please pay attention to the weekly report to be released later today.
    Rick, You were right on the money.

  25. Tinto says

    “God help the hobbyists – as the Mint is catering to these Big Boyz”

    Wouldn’t be surprised if the Big Boyz are also somehow catering to the Mint … or to some ones at the Mint … “You scratch my back …. “

  26. Tinto says

    Never mind, found it.


    “Numismatic Bulk Purchase Program (subject to product availability)

    Under the current terms and conditions of this program, a discount is applied to all purchases of $5,000 or more. Budget shipping is free on domestic orders. Shipping on international orders will be assessed on each order processed.

    First Spouse Gold Coins …”

    Right at the top of the list ..

  27. Einbahnstrasse says

    Here once again are the numbers on the Boys Town coins’ progress toward the current low-mintage records:

    Gold proof: 7134 / 13266 = 53.8%
    Gold unc.: 2994 / 5150 = 58.1% and sold out
    Silver proof: 31309 / 61992 = 50.5%
    Silver unc.: 11610 / 14497 = 80.1%
    Clad proof: 22849 / 47326 = 48.3%
    Clad unc.: 15059 / 21019 = 71.6%

    So really only the silver unc. had a big gain from last week. It’s still 2887 coins away from the current record low, but it might just get there if a big buyer or two jump in in the final week.

    I’ll join Cagcrisp in expressing surprise at how few gold proofs sold. I guess all the gold buyers were stocking up on Spouses? I can’t help thinking that the BT gold proof might be a good buy–but I also can’t talk myself into buying such an uninspiring coin, that I don’t really want to own, just for the hope of future profit.

  28. VA Bob says

    As nice as a no return or return if truly defective might be(some people would just scratch the coin so they could return it), how many here would be willing to gamble on getting a bad coin, especially an expensive one? We all got a few dogs from the Mint at some point. The return system isn’t perfect, but it’s probably the best we could get, short of QA inspecting each coin ordered, like they should.

    I like the Jim Thorpe reverse. Grew up a few miles away from Jim Thorpe, PA and the stories of the towns name sake (A nice visit if you’re ever in the area. Especially the church and Asa Packard mansion). I’ll definitely be picking up a few rolls of these.

  29. Artie43 says

    This could turn into more of a cluster. So the thinking here is the big boy on the block will send back enough Nixons and Fords to make them the new low mintage wonder coins. If enough people think this and go out and buy a few we might end up with another 200-300 sold this week and really add to the confusion. The possibilities are endless. Sales may be coming to an end in a few days but more than likely it will be a month or longer before we really know how this shakes out and then we will still will not know because those numbers will not be the final audited numbers.

  30. Tinto says

    I think this no return or return for defects would be effective against the big bulk buyers and the habitual screen and return if not perfect, people.

    If there was an obvious scratch made (wouldn’t think the bulk buyer would be spending time scratching each coin but who knows) by the buyer one would think the Mint should easily know whether it was made at the Mint or not. But then the Mint needs to have a good Quality Control at the onset so that they can be assured that perhaps 95% (just a made up number folks) or more of the coins shipped do not have any defect . Those with obvious defects caught at the Mint or as a return would be recycled back to the melting pot. One would think with their control of shipping and returns that the Mint would have a good idea as to how much % of its returned products are truly defective and how much are just returns because the current 7 day return no questions asked rule allows it.

  31. earthling says

    I’ve heard through the grapevine that Bitcoin is expected to top out around $1 million. Unbelievably optimistic but has anyone noticed Rhodium heading up again? This doesn’t have much to do with Bitcoin except as another display of the overly optimistic attitude lately of the money tree way to wealth. Everyone wants to just click a few times and reap big paper and electron profits.

    Is Rhodium headed back to $10,000 ? Bitcoin to $1,000,000 ? DOW to 50,000 ?

    With that sort of dreaming going on in the world , who wants to mess with the US Mint POG Coins?

  32. Mintman says

    I would find it very hard to believe that one dealer is going $150k+ deep in First Spouse gold for the sake of having the key………..just who is passing around the tin foil hats?

  33. Richard A says

    Bottom line is whomever purchased these Ford and Nixon coins now control the market in determining which one will be the low mintage key. If I were in his shoes, I would have purchased these 237 Nixons and 237 Fords in various installments over the course of a week knowing that the Mint does not allow partial returns. That way, he can specifically decide what to keep and what to return of each spouse.

    His purchase accomplishes at least two objectives. First, he more than likely has driven away any other large purchaser who may have had similar intentions, which puts him firmly in the driver’s seat to control the end market.

    Secondly, the number he purchased – 237 of each – is meant to look like an arbitrary number, but I’m guessing he wanted to purchase just enough of each spouse to drive up the final mintage close to 2,000, which is the number most assume the Mint probably produced given previous years’ mintages. That way, any other significant purchase could trigger a sellout.

    In my opinion, this is what he really wants — a sellout of both coins before sales end on Sunday at midnight, giving him the opportunity to still return parts of his purchases. Ideally, this purchaser would like to see next week’s cumulative sales figures and still have a few days on his 7-day return policy to return any of his purchases. Remember, the seven-day clock does not begin until the buyer receives his order. And if he “staircased” his orders throughout the week, his most recent will more than likely still be eligible to return.

    However, I ams still trying to understand this “logic.”

    Whatever returns, if any, this purchaser makes is gambling on the hopes that his returns will be destroyed rather than offered back up for sale by the Mint. From my understanding, the Mint could continue to legally sell these coins next year, if they so choose. However, they have been announcing for some time now that the First Spouse program ends at the end of this year.

    I think this purchaser is counting on the Mint to uphold their end of the “bargain.” Either way, this person’s actions will be counterproductive, in my opinion. First, if the Mint resells his returns, he can easily be screwed. Secondly, this is not and never has been a popular series, so future demand for these coins will always be miniscule. If the buyer does enjoy holding numerous keys to the issue, who’s going to want them? He may succeed in flipping a few, but will he flip enough to recoup his investment? I doubt it.

    However this fiasco plays out, hopefully the Mint will reexamine its ordering and returns policies, as many on this board have already mentioned.

  34. KEITHSTER says

    I see the Loins Club proof has sold out did that just happen and the proof bundle is CU.. Seems people did like the loins on them coins but they did kind of remind me of the true meaning of Circus Coins? Well to much last chance to be fun but it should be interesting ? Well Good Luck All”>”>”>”>”>”>”>”>”>”> “>”>”>”>”>”>”>”>”>”> “>”>

  35. Mintman says

    The mint allows partial returns. If you buy 10 of something, you can return 5. You just cant return a coin from a multi- coin set, or part of a proof set, you must return the whole item.

  36. Mintman says

    I think many conspiracy theories are now being formulated by blog members. Only one is probably true. A number of purchasers bought the issue it an attempt to hit the magic number – the maximum available coins for sale, and didn’t accomplish the goal. Now they are stuck holding those dogs.

  37. ips_stuff says


    Another possibility is the mint made a “mistake”. Maybe only one of the two spouse coins sold 237, maybe 237 is not valid for either coin!

    Anybody that follows the figures from the mint or this blog, knows we often have reporting errors.

    Time will tell what the final numbers are and if anybody really cares. I own a few spouse coins, that now I just consider bullion coins.

  38. earthling says

    The big numbers I now follow are Rhodium, Palladium, Bitcoin , Gold, the DOW and Platinum. I have a little Gold and Platinum, the rest I follow like I follow the News in General.

    These Mint Products are really dropping off the radar since 2008. People who want to roll the dice seem to like ETF’s and other such stuff.

  39. Jerry Diekmann says

    The 2018 commems might not be all-time lows, but they aren’t going to be winners, either. The WW I program, including the medals, especially looks to be a dis aster in the making.

  40. Tinto says

    @Jerry Diekmann

    Yeah, the Mint is probably so desperate to sell the WWI coin with the apparent likeness of the artist on it that they had to get the pure medal buyers to bear the burden and thereby goose up sales (100,000 max was it, on total medals?) . Though not a medal collector I was thinking of buying 2 of them but no longer since I found out the Mint was forcing folks to also buy that awful looking WWI coin ..

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