The U.S. Mint will launch the 2010 Native American $1 Coin in New York City on Jan. 25, 2010, at 10:30 a.m. It will be introduced at the National Museum of the American Indian George Gustav Heye Center by U.S. Mint Director Ed Moy, joined by John Haworth, the museum’s director.
The coin’s reverse side features designs, which will rotate each year, celebrating the important contributions made by Indian tribes and individual Native Americans to the history and development of the United States. The design for the 2010 coin is based on the theme “Government—the Great Tree of Peace,” recognizing the Native American ideals of equality and democratic self-government that influence Western political concepts. It depicts the Hiawatha Belt with five arrows bound together, along with the inscriptions UNITED STATES OF AMERICA, $1, HAUDENOSAUNEE and GREAT LAW OF PEACE.
The coin’s obverse (heads side) continues to feature Glenna Goodacre’s “Sacagawea” design, first produced in 2000, and the inscriptions LIBERTY and IN GOD WE TRUST. Like the Presidential $1 Coins, the Native American $1 Coins maintain their distinctive edge and golden color, and feature edge-lettering of the year, mint mark and E PLURIBUS UNUM.