2022 Native American $1 Coin Reverse Design Unveiled By U.S. Mint

In late November, the United States Mint unveiled the reverse design for the 2022 Native American $1 Coin. The Native American $1 Coin Program was started to honor those important contributions made by Native American tribes and individuals throughout the history and establishment of the United States. Public Law 110-82 allows for a reverse design with a new image symbolizing Native American contribution every year.

Designed by United States Mint Artistic Infusion Program (AIP) Designer Paul D. Balan and sculpted by Mint Chief Engraver Joseph Menna, the coin design will commemorate Ely S. Parker. Parker was a United States Army officer, engineer, and tribal diplomat who served as the military secretary to Ulysses S. Grant during the American Civil War. During one of the most important moments of the war, Parker translated the formal surrender documents into his own hand when Robert E. Lee surrendered at Appomattox, Virginia, on April 9, 1865.

The reverse features Parker in his Army uniform with a quill pen and book depicted in hand. The likeness of his signature is also featured in symbolism of his experience as a communicator. “TONAWANDA SENECA” and “HA-SA-NO-AN-DA” are inscribed to honor his tribe and the name given to him at birth. “UNITED STATES OF AMERICA” and “$1” are also featured.

The obverse features the well-known figure of Sacagawea carrying her infant son, Jean Baptiste. Inscriptions also include “LIBERTY” and “IN GOD WE TRUST”. Incused on the edge of the coins are the year, mint mark, and “E PLURIBUS UNUM.”

Source: United States Mint