The Native American $1 Coin Program began in 2009 and has featured annually rotating reverse designs representing contributions and accomplishments of Native Americans.
So far, designs have featured Agriculture with the “Three Sisters” method of planting, Government with the Haudenosaunee or Iroquois Confederacy, and Diplomacy with the written peace treaty between Native Americans and the settlers at Plymouth.
The 2012 Native American Dollar design will feature trade routes of the 17th century and the spread of the horse. The United States Mint recently provided the thirteen design candidates for coin. Some of the designs are traditional depictions while others are done in the style of Native American ledger art.
While the final design selection is made by the Treasury of the Secretary, a large number of groups review the designs and provide their own recommendations. The authorizing legislation provides for review or comment by the Commission of Fine Arts, the Citizens Coinage Advisory Committee, 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 CFA and CCAC both commented favorably on the ledger art designs, but both ended up recommending a traditional depiction NA-08. The remaining groups recommended NA-04, NA-07, and NA-08, which were all traditional depictions.
Coin Update News has previously provided coverage of the CFA’s discussion and recommendation and more recently the CCAC’s discussion. Each of the articles also includes large sized images of the candidates.
In this post, I wanted to provide Mint News Blog readers with a chance to vote on the design that they would like to see on the coin. This poll, of course, will not have any impact on the final design selection (unless the Secretary of the Treasury is reading). The poll will remain open for 7 days.