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(2000-2008) Sacagawea Golden Dollar

CoinTrapTM Commentary: Sacagawea, a Shoshone Indian, helped Lewis and Clark on their historic exploration of what would become the Northwestern United States.  From 1804 to 1806, Sacagawea assisted the explorers from the Northern Great Plains to the Pacific Ocean, and back. At the time, Sacagawea was a teenager. Sacagawea’s husband, Toussaint Charbonneau (a French-Canadian fur trader), and their son who was born during the trip, Jean Baptiste, also travelled with the group. 

Sacagawea knew several different Indian languages, and as a Shoshone, she enabled Lewis and Clark to make contact with her people and to acquire horses. She also had a firm understanding of the topography of the rugged country.  Sacagawea also offered her knowledge and skills in the areas of edible roots and plants, and most crucially, was a beacon of peace for the company, as they travelled through hostile parts of the land.  Her skills and help significantly contributed to the success of the Lewis and Clark mission.

The obverse of the Sacagawea Golden Dollar depicts Sacagawea with her infant son Jean Baptiste being carried on her back.  The reverse depicts a soaring American bald eagle, encircled by 17 stars - one for each state in the union at the time of the 1804 Lewis and Clark expedition.  Although the sacagawea dollar is “golden” in color, it is not made of gold.

Coin Value: What is the value of your Sacagawea Dollar? Like most things in life, it depends. The Sacagawea Dollar coin worth or value depends on these main factors: (1) your coin’s grade, (2) whether it is a proof coin (Deep Cameo or DCAM) having a mirror-like polished finish, (3) scarcity/demand and (4) the mint (P for Philadelphia and D for Denver). Regarding your coin’s grade, it has become a standard in the field of numismatics (coin collecting) to grade coins on a point-scale from 1 (poor) to 70 (perfect). This is also referred to as the “Mint State” or just “MS” for short.  Click here to find the up-to-date estimated value of your Sacagawea Dollar coin from the Professional Coin Grading Service (PCGS®), which takes all four factors mentioned above into account*.  If you do not know the grade of your Sacagawea Golden Dollar, you can take it to your local coin dealer and ask that they have it graded at one of the three major coin grading services.

 Sacagawea Golden Dollar Coin Mint Years: 2000, 2001, 2002, 2003, 2004, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2008

Sacagawea Golden Dollar - Obverse

Sacagawea Golden Dollar - Reverse

Sacagawea Golden Dollar - Obverse

Designer:  Glenda Goodacre

Sacagawea Golden Dollar - Reverse

Engraver / Designer: Thomas D. Rodgers

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    PUBLIC LAW 105–124—DEC. 1, 1997

    ...

    SEC. 4. UNITED STATES DOLLAR COINS.
      (a) SHORT TITLE.—This section may be cited as the ‘‘United
    States $1 Coin Act of 1997’’.
      (b) WEIGHT.—Section 5112(a)(1) of title 31, United States Code,
    is amended by striking ‘‘and weighs 8.1 grams’’.
      (c) COLOR AND CONTENT.—Section 5112(b) of title 31, United
    States Code, is amended—
      (1) in the first sentence, by striking ‘‘dollar,’’; and
      (2) by inserting after the fourth sentence the following:
    ‘‘The dollar coin shall be golden in color, have a distinctive
    edge, have tactile and visual features that make the denomination
    of the coin readily discernible, be minted and fabricated
    in the United States, and have similar metallic, anti-counterfeiting
    properties as United States coinage in circulation on
    the date of enactment of the United States $1 Coin Act of
    1997.’’.
      (d) DESIGN.—Section 5112(d)(1) of title 31, United States Code,
    is amended by striking the fifth and sixth sentences and inserting
    the following: ‘‘The Secretary of the Treasury, in consultation with
    the Congress, shall select appropriate designs for the obverse and
    reverse sides of the dollar coin.’’.
      (e) PRODUCTION OF NEW DOLLAR COINS.—
      (1) IN GENERAL.—Upon the depletion of the Government’s
    supply (as of the date of enactment of this Act) of $1 coins
    bearing the likeness of Susan B. Anthony, the Secretary of
    the Treasury shall place into circulation $1 coins that comply
    with the requirements of subsections (b) and (d)(1) of section
    5112 of title 31, United States Code, as amended by this section.
      (2) AUTHORITY OF SECRETARY TO CONTINUE PRODUCTION.—
    If the supply of $1 coins bearing the likeness of Susan B.
    Anthony is depleted before production has begun of $1 coins
    which bear a design which complies with the requirements
    of subsections (b) and (d)(1) of section 5112 of title 31, United
    States Code, as amended by this section, the Secretary of
    the Treasury may continue to mint and issue $1 coins bearing
    the likeness of Susan B. Anthony in accordance with that
    section 5112 (as in effect on the day before the date of enactment
    of this Act) until such time as production begins.
      (3) NUMISMATIC SETS.—The Secretary may include such
    $1 coins in any numismatic set produced by the United States
    Mint before the date on which the $1 coins authorized by
    this section are placed in circulation.
      (f) MARKETING PROGRAM.—
      (1) IN GENERAL.—Before placing into circulation $1 coins
    authorized under this section, the Secretary of the Treasury
    shall adopt a program to promote the use of such coins by
    commercial enterprises, mass transit authorities, and Federal,
    State, and local government agencies.
      (2) STUDY REQUIRED.—The Secretary of the Treasury shall
    conduct a study on the progress of the marketing program
    adopted in accordance with paragraph (1).
      (3) REPORT.—Not later than March 31, 2001, the Secretary
    of the Treasury shall submit a report to the Congress on the
    results of the study conducted pursuant to paragraph (2).
    SEC. 5. RULE OF CONSTRUCTION.
    Nothing in this Act or the amendments made by this Act
    shall be construed to evidence any intention to eliminate or to
    limit the printing or circulation of United States currency in the
    $1 denomination.

 

      [[Page 121 STAT. 777]]

    Public Law 110-82
    110th Congress

                                     An Act

      To require the Secretary of the Treasury to mint and issue coins in
     commemoration of Native Americans and the important contributions made
     by Indian tribes and individual Native Americans to the development of
     the United States and the history of the United States, and for other
               purposes. <<NOTE: Sept. 20, 2007 -  [H.R. 2358]>>

       Be it enacted by the Senate and House of Representatives of the
    United States of America in Congress <<NOTE: Native American $1 Coin
    Act. 31 USC 5101 note.>> assembled,

    SECTION 1. SHORT TITLE.

       This Act may be cited as the ``Native American $1 Coin Act''.

    SEC. 2. NATIVE AMERICAN $1 COIN PROGRAM.

       Section 5112 of title 31, United States Code, is amended by adding
    at the end the following:
       ``(r) Redesign and Issuance of Circulating $1 Coins Honoring Native
    Americans and the Important Contributions Made by Indian Tribes and
    Individual Native Americans in United States History.--
               ``(1) Redesign beginning in 2008.--
                       ``(A) In general.--Effective beginning January 1,
                   2008, notwithstanding subsection (d), in addition to the
                   coins to be issued pursuant to subsection (n), and in
                   accordance with this subsection, the Secretary shall
                   mint and issue $1 coins that--
                             ``(i) have as the designs on the obverse the
                         so-called `Sacagawea design'; and
                             ``(ii) have a design on the reverse selected
                         in accordance with paragraph (2)(A), subject to
                         paragraph (3)(A).
                       ``(B) <<NOTE: Applicability.>> Delayed date.--If the
                   date of the enactment of the Native American $1 Coin Act
                   is after August 25, 2007, subparagraph (A) shall be
                   applied by substituting `2009' for `2008'.
               ``(2) Design requirements.--The $1 coins issued in
           accordance with paragraph (1) shall meet the following design
           requirements:
                       ``(A) Coin reverse.--The design on the reverse shall
                   bear--
                             ``(i) images celebrating the important
                         contributions made by Indian tribes and individual
                         Native Americans to the development of the United
                         States and the history of the United States;
                             ``(ii) the inscription `$1'; and
                             ``(iii) the inscription `United States of
                         America'.
                       ``(B) Coin obverse.--The design on the obverse
                   shall--

    [[Page 121 STAT. 778]]

                             ``(i) be chosen by the Secretary, after
                         consultation with the Commission of Fine Arts and
                         review by the Citizens Coinage Advisory Committee;
                         and
                             ``(ii) contain the so-called `Sacagawea
                         design' and the inscription `Liberty'.
                       ``(C) Edge-incused inscriptions.--
                             ``(i) In general.--The inscription of the year
                         of minting and issuance of the coin and the
                         inscriptions `E Pluribus Unum' and `In God We
                         Trust' shall be edge-incused into the coin.
                             ``(ii) Preservation of distinctive edge.--The
                         edge-incusing of the inscriptions under clause (i)
                         on coins issued under this subsection shall be
                         done in a manner that preserves the distinctive
                         edge of the coin so that the denomination of the
                         coin is readily discernible, including by
                         individuals who are blind or visually impaired.
                       ``(D) Reverse design selection.--The designs
                   selected for the reverse of the coins described under
                   this subsection--
                             ``(i) shall be chosen by the Secretary after
                         consultation with the Committee on Indian Affairs
                         of the Senate, the Congressional Native American
                         Caucus of the House of Representatives, the
                         Commission of Fine Arts, and the National Congress
                         of American Indians;
                             ``(ii) shall be reviewed by the Citizens
                         Coinage Advisory Committee;
                             ``(iii) may depict individuals and events such
                         as--
                                       ``(I) the creation of Cherokee
                                   written language;
                                       ``(II) the Iroquois Confederacy;
                                       ``(III) Wampanoag Chief Massasoit;
                                       ``(IV) the `Pueblo Revolt';
                                       ``(V) Olympian Jim Thorpe;
                                       ``(VI) Ely S. Parker, a general on
                                   the staff of General Ulysses S. Grant
                                   and later head of the Bureau of Indian
                                   Affairs; and
                                       ``(VII) code talkers who served the
                                   United States Armed Forces during World
                                   War I and World War II; and
                             ``(iv) in the case of a design depicting the
                         contribution of an individual Native American to
                         the development of the United States and the
                         history of the United States, shall not depict the
                         individual in a size such that the coin could be
                         considered to be a `2-headed' coin.
               ``(3) Issuance of coins commemorating 1 native american
           event during each year.--
                       ``(A) In general.--Each design for the reverse of
                   the $1 coins issued during each year shall be emblematic
                   of 1 important Native American or Native American
                   contribution each year.
                       ``(B) Issuance period.--Each $1 coin minted with a
                   design on the reverse in accordance with this subsection
                   for any year shall be issued during the 1-year period
                   beginning on January 1 of that year and shall be
                   available throughout the entire 1-year period.

    [[Page 121 STAT. 779]]

                       ``(C) Order of issuance of designs.--Each coin
                   issued under this subsection commemorating Native
                   Americans and their contributions--
                             ``(i) shall be issued, to the maximum extent
                         practicable, in the chronological order in which
                         the Native Americans lived or the events occurred,
                         until the termination of the coin program
                         described in subsection (n); and
                             ``(ii) thereafter shall be issued in any order
                         determined to be appropriate by the Secretary,
                         after consultation with the Committee on Indian
                         Affairs of the Senate, the Congressional Native
                         American Caucus of the House of Representatives,
                         and the National Congress of American Indians.
               ``(4) Issuance of numismatic coins.--The Secretary may mint
           and issue such number of $1 coins of each design selected under
           this subsection in uncirculated and proof qualities as the
           Secretary determines to be appropriate.
               ``(5) Quantity.--The number of $1 coins minted and issued in
           a year with the Sacagawea-design on the obverse shall be not
           less than 20 percent of the total number of $1 coins minted and
           issued in such year.''.

    SEC. 3. TECHNICAL AND CONFORMING AMENDMENTS.

       Section 5112(n)(1) of title 31, United States Code, is amended--
               (1) by striking the paragraph designation and heading and
           all that follows through ``Notwithstanding subsection (d)'' and
           inserting the following:
               ``(1) Redesign beginning in 2007.--Notwithstanding
           subsection (d)'';
               (2) by striking subparagraph (B); and
               (3) by redesignating clauses (i) and (ii) as subparagraphs
           (A) and (B), respectively, and indenting the subparagraphs
           appropriately.

    SEC. 4. <<NOTE: 31 USC 5112 note.>> REMOVAL OF BARRIERS TO CIRCULATION
               OF $1 COIN.

       (a) In General.--In order to remove barriers to circulation, the
    Secretary of the Treasury shall carry out an aggressive, cost-effective,
    continuing campaign to encourage commercial enterprises to accept and
    dispense $1 coins that have as designs on the obverse the so-called
    ``Sacagawea design''.

    [[Page 121 STAT. 780]]

       (b) Report.--The Secretary of the Treasury shall submit to Congress
    an annual report on the success of the efforts described in subsection
    (a).

       Approved September 20, 2007.

    LEGISLATIVE HISTORY--H.R. 2358:
    ---------------------------------------------------------------------------

    CONGRESSIONAL RECORD, Vol. 153 (2007):
               June 12, considered and passed House.
               Aug. 3, considered and passed Senate, amended.
               Sept. 4, House concurred in Senate amendment.

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