Earlier this week, the U.S. Mint began selling rolls, bags, and boxes of the 2016 Native American $1 coins. They can be purchased in varying quantities through the following product options: 25-coin rolls for $32.95 each, 100-coin bags for $111.95, and 250-coin boxes for $275.95. For each option, customers can choose coins minted at either the Philadelphia Mint or the Denver Mint.
This year’s issue is the eighth release in the annual Native American $1 coin series and features a design celebrating the contributions of Code Talkers to United States war efforts during World Wars I & II.
The obverse, designed by Glenda Goodacre, is common to coins in this series and first appeared on the Sacagawea dollar in 2000. It features a rendering of Sacagawea with sleeping child, with the inscriptions LIBERTY and IN GOD WE TRUST located in the field.
The 2016 reverse includes soldiers’ helmets from both World Wars placed over feathers positioned to form a “V” for victory. Inscribed in the field is UNITED STATES OF AMERICA, $1, WWI, WWII, and CODE TALKERS. This side of the coin was designed by Thomas D. Rogers, Sr. The date, mint mark, and E PLURIBUS UNUM are included along the edge of the coin.
“Code Talkers” were Native Americans who used tribal languages to transmit secret communications for the U.S. military from 1917 to 1945. Navajo Code Talkers received a Congressional Gold Medal in 2001, and the Code Talkers Recognition Act of 2008 established a plan to recognize 33 other tribes who served in this capacity as well.
Portions of this article first appeared at Mint News Blog.