WASHINGTON — The U.S. Mint will unveil on Friday its newest $1 coin, which will begin circulating in January as part of the new Native American coin program mandated by Congress.
The coins are similar to the previous Sacagawea golden dollar coin, which was created in 2000 and 2001. The “tails” side, however, will rotate each year. The 2009 version will depict a Native American woman planting seeds in a field of corn, beans and squash.
Congress mandated last year that 20% of the dollar coins made by the Mint depict Native Americans after some lawmakers insisted that they be minted at the same time as the presidential dollar coins, which went into circulation in 2007.
The Mint still holds more than 92.7 million uncirculated Sacagawea dollar coins in storage.