Today January 4, 2010, the United States Mint began sales of the first 2010-dated coins. The 2010 Native American Dollar was offered through the Direct Ship Program in 250-coin boxes.
The 2010 Native American Dollar is the second release of the series created to celebrate the accomplishments and contributions of Native Americans. The first issue released last year had an agricultural theme, depicting the “Three Sisters” method of planting. This year the theme of the coin is “Government – The Great Tree of Peace”.
The reverse of the coin features the Hiawatha Belt, which is a visual record of the Haudenosaunee. The five symbols and five arrows represent the five original nations of the Iroquois Confederacy. The reverse was designed by Thomas Cleveland and sculpted by Charles L. Vickers. The obverse of the coin features a portrait of Sacagawea and child designed by Glenna Goodacre.
The Direct Ship Program was created to encourage robust national circulation of $1 coins. Financial institutions, businesses, and individuals are able to order dollar coins directly from the United States Mint at face value with no charge for shipping and handling. Since June 2008, more than $130 million in dollar coins have been distributed through the program.
The 2010 Native American Dollars may be purchased from the Direct Ship Program as long as the customer understands and agrees to comply with the intended purpose of the program. The coins come in 25-coin rolls with ten rolls to a box for a total of 250 coins. There is an ordering limit of 20 boxes per household.
Individual rolls of the 2010 Native American Dollar will be available through the US Mint’s numismatic bags and rolls program later this month. These rolls are priced at a premium to the face value of the coins and are housed in US Mint branded wrappers.
[Online: US Mint Product Page]