The 2009 Sacagawea Dollar represented the relaunch and rebranding of the coin series. Legislation was passed to authorize annually rotating reverse designs which would highlight the contributions and accomplishments of Native Americans. Although the US Mint and authorizing legislation refer to the coins as the Native American Dollars beginning with 2009, many still refer to the coins as the Sacagawea Dollars due to the continuity of the obverse design.
The reverse design for this year depicts the “Three Sisters” method of planting. A Native American woman is shown planting seeds in a field of beans, corn, and squash. This was designed and sculpted by Norman E. Nemeth.
The obverse design features the same portrait of Sacagawea, although some modification was performed. The date and mint mark were removed from the right obverse field. These appear on the edge of the coin along with the motto “E Pluribus Unum”.
With the relaunch, the coins were intended to circulate along side with the Presidential Dollars. Under the authorizing legislation, 20% of all dollar coins produced by the US Mint are required to be Native American Dollars. Before this change, the series had not been produced for circulation since 2001.
The US Mint offered a few numismatic products for collectors. Special custom wrapped rolls of the 2009 Sacagawea Dollars were offered for $35.95 from either the Philadelphia or Denver Mint. The coins were also offered under the US Mint’s Direct Ship Program, which allows individuals to buy $250 boxes of the coins at face value with no charge for shipping. Proof and satin finish versions of the coins were also included in the US Mint’s annual collector sets.
2009 Sacagawea (Native American) Dollar Mintages
2009-S Proof: 2,179,867