Sacagawea Coins & Native American Dollars
Celebrate Native American contributions with our collection of Sacagawea coins, including Sacagawea dollars and Native American dollars, at Littleton Coin Company. A favorite among collectors, the golden Sacagawea dollar coin was the first circulating U.S. coin to feature an actual Native American, a woman and an infant. Here you'll find original Sacagawea dollars and the succeeding Native American dollars in a wide range of years, mint marks and grades. You can buy Sacagawea coins in various presentation types, including handsome display cases and exclusive Showpak® holders. We also offer handsomely colorized Native American dollar coins. Whether you're shopping for a gift or your own enjoyment, you can find plenty to choose from in our expert-curated selection below.
About the Sacagawea Coin
Launched in 2000, the Sacagawea dollar coin has an obverse honoring Sacagawea, the young Shoshone guide and interpreter who helped Lewis and Clark find a western route to the Pacific Ocean. The infant is her son, Jean Baptiste, who accompanied her on the expedition. The original intent of Sacagawea dollars was to replace the paper dollar, but it has since become a favorite collectible.
Introduction with the U.S. Dollar Coin Act of 1997
President Bill Clinton signed the U.S. Dollar Coin Act of 1997 into law on December 1st. No longer intended to replace the dollar bill, the new dollar coin was to be "golden in color, have a distinctive edge, [and] have tactile and visual features that make the denomination of the coin readily discernible." The coin's golden color comes from its composition, which includes copper, zinc, nickel and manganese brass.
The call for a new dollar coin design produced 120 submissions, and the winning motif for the obverse depicted Sacagawea and her son by artist Glenna Goodacre. The eagle in flight by U.S. Mint engraver Thomas D. Rogers, Sr. was selected for the reverse. The Sacagawea dollar coin was minted from 2000 to 2008.
Native American Dollars
In 2009, the U.S. Mint inaugurated a one-year-only reverse design program for the Sacagawea dollar that resulted in a numismatic name change to Native American dollars. Each reverse honors major Native American contributions to present. On these coins, the date, mint mark and the words e pluribus unum appear on the edge.
Sacagawea coins were issued for circulation by the Philadelphia ("P") and Denver ("D") Mints, while Proofs were struck by the San Francisco Mint. Circulating Sacagawea dollars in 2002, 2007 and 2008 were made available only from the U.S. Mint.
The reverses on an estimated 100 Sacagawea dollar coins were struck by Philadelphia with a prototype design featuring boldly detailed tail feathers for use in a promotion with the breakfast cereal Cheerios™. Obverse designer Glenna Goodacre received 5,000 Sacagawea coins struck on burnished planchets by polished dies that gave them a Prooflike finish. The Sacagawea dollars found in the Uncirculated Mint Sets of 2005-2010 were struck with Satin Finishes.