The United States Mint has announced the reverse design that will appear on the 2011 Native American Dollar. This series of circulating dollar coins features a different reverse design each year, representing the contributions and accomplishments of Native Americans.
The theme for the 2011 design is Diplomacy – Treaties with Tribal Nations. The selected reverse design specifically highlights the treaty between Supreme Sachem Ousamequin, Massasoit of the Great Wampanoag Nation and Governor John Carver of the European settlers at Plymouth Bay.
The design features the ceremonial passing of the peace pipe after initiating the first formal written peace alliance. Inscriptions read “United States of America”, the face value “$1”, and “Wampanoag Treaty 1621”. The reverse was designed by US Mint Artistic Infusion Program Master Designer Richard Masters and sculpted by US Mint Sculptor-Engraver Joseph Menna.
On the obverse of the coin will be the portrait of Sacagawea and child designed by Glenna Goodacre. This was originally used for the Sacagawea Dollar coin series from 2000 to 2008. It was modified for the current series by moving the date and mint mark to the edge of the coin, where they appear with the motto “E Pluribus Unum.”
Previous designs of the Native American Dollar coin series have celebrated contributions in agriculture with a depiction of the Three Sisters method of planting and government with a depiction of the Hiawatha Belt representing the Haudenosaunee, or Iroquois Confederacy.