The United States Mint recently provided thirteen different candidates for the 2013 Native American Dollar reverse design to the Commission of Fine Arts (CFA) and Citizens Coinage Advisory Committee (CCAC) for review. The CFA and CCAC each recommended a different design alternative, so I thought it would be interesting to provide Mint News Blog readers to vote on their preferred design.
The Native American $1 Coin Program was launched in 2009 and has featured a different reverse design for each year intended to recognize the contributions and accomplishments of Native Americans. The obverse design has featured the portrait of Sacagawea and child used for the previous Sacagawea Dollar series from 2000 to 2008.
The theme for the 2013 reverse design is the signing of the first treaty with the Delaware Tribe in 1778. This was the first written treaty between the new United States and a Native American tribe. It provided the United States passage through the Delaware Tribe’s land to attack the British at Detroit. The treaty 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.
Design candidates included multiple alternatives incorporating a paper treaty and quill pens, a cloth pattern worn by the Delaware tribe, and animal symbols of the clans of the Delaware tribe.
The CFA’s recommendation is shown above at left. This is a cloth pattern worn by the Delaware tribe with the pattern intended to symbolically suggest forward movement after the signing of the treaty. The CCAC’s recommendation is shown above at right. This design includes a turkey, wolf, and turtle to represent the clans of the Delaware Tribe. Thirteen stars are also incorporated into the design.
The final design selection will be made by the Secretary of the Treasury after weighing the input and recommendations of the CFA and CCAC, as well as 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.
Readers can vote on the design they would most like to see on the 2013 Native American Dollar in the poll below. I have narrowed the selections to six alternatives, but left an option to indicate preference for one of the remaining designs not pictured.
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