United States Mint announces 2023 Native American $1 coin


Washington, DC, Nov. 09, 2022 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — The United States Mint (Mint) today officially announced the reverse design of the 2023 Native American $1 coin. The 2023 Native American $1 coin honors to American ballerina Maria Tallchief and American Indians in ballet. Considered America’s first ballerina star, Maria Tallchief broke down barriers as a Native American (Osage Nation) ballerina demonstrating strength and resilience both on and off stage. In addition to Tallchief, four other Native American ballerinas from Oklahoma achieved international recognition in the 20th century, including her younger sister Marjorie Tallchief, Yvonne Chouteau, Rosella Hightower, and Moscelyne Larkin. Celebrated as the “Five Moons,” their legacy of achievement and inclusion continues to influence ballet today.

Designed by Art Infusion Program designer Ben Sowards and sculpted by United States Mint Award-winning artist Phebe Hemphill, the reverse (tails) design features Maria Tallchief in a ballet pose. A nod to the “Five Moons” is featured in the lunar motif, while the four ballerinas in the background symbolize both the contemporary Native American ballerinas of Tallchief and the generations of dancers they inspired. Inscriptions include ‘UNITED STATES OF AMERICA’, ‘MARIA TALLCHIEF’, ‘$1’ and ‘AMERICAN INDIANS AT BALLET’.

The obverse (heads) of the 2023 Native American $1 coin will continue to feature the central figure “Sacagawea” carrying her infant son, John the Baptist, by sculptor Glenna Goodacre. The 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 the line drawing of the 2023 Native American $1 coin design.

The Native American $1 Coin Program is authorized by Public Law 110-82 to recognize the significant contributions made by Native American tribes and individual Native Americans to the history and development of the United States. Public law requires that a reverse design, featuring an iconic image of a significant Native American or Native American contribution, be issued at the rate of once per year.

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  • Reverse of the 2023 Indian $1 coin


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