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United States Mint Announces 2022 Native American $1 Coin Reverse Design

The following is a Press Release from the United States Mint announcing the 2022 Native American Dollar Reverse design. The 2022 coin will honor Ely S. Parker, a United States Army officer, engineer and tribal diplomat who served under Ulysses S. Grand during the Civil War.

2022 Native American Dollar Reverse Design Line Art (Image Courtesy of The United States Mint)
2022 Native American Dollar Reverse Design Line Art (Image Courtesy of The United States Mint)

The United States Mint (Mint) today officially announced the design for the 2022 Native American $1 Coin. The 2022 Native American $1 Coin will commemorate Ely S. Parker, a U.S. Army officer, engineer, and tribal diplomat, who served as military secretary to Ulysses S. Grant during the U.S. Civil War. When Robert E. Lee surrendered at Appomattox, Virginia, on the morning of April 9, 1865, Parker rendered the formal surrender documents in his own hand.

Designed by United States Mint Artistic Infusion Program Designer Paul C. Balan and sculpted by United States Mint Chief Engraver Joseph Menna, the reverse (tails) design features Parker, depicted in Army uniform, with a quill pen and book, along with a likeness of his graceful signature, as symbols of his experience as an expert communicator. The inscriptions “TONAWANDA SENECA” and “HA-SA-NO-AN-DA” recognize his tribe and the name given to him at birth. Additional inscriptions include “UNITED STATES OF AMERICA” and “$1.”

The obverse (heads) of the 2022 Native American $1 Coin will continue to feature the central figure “Sacagawea” carrying her infant son, Jean Baptiste, by sculptor Glenna Goodacre. Inscriptions are “LIBERTY” and “IN GOD WE TRUST.” The year, mint mark, and “E PLURIBUS UNUM” are incused on the edge of the coin.

Click here to view line art of the 2022 Native American $1 Coin design.

The Native American $1 Coin Program is authorized by Public Law 110-82 to recognize 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 a new reverse design with an image emblematic of one important Native American or Native American contribution each year.

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

1 thought on “United States Mint Announces 2022 Native American $1 Coin Reverse Design”

  1. I hope they do a coin & currency set this year, and at a lower price than that proposed for the scrapped 2020 one. But it is surprising that the designer didn’t show Parker with his final permanent rank of colonel, or perhaps his higher brevet one of brigadier general. Anyway, he did say the punchline of the Civil War. At the surrender Lee looked at him and said it was good there was a real American there. Parker replied, “We are all Americans.”


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