For this year’s release, the 2017 Sacagawea (Native American) Dollar (Buy on eBay) continued the original Sacagawea Dollar obverse design, with the rotating reverse design honoring Sequoyah—the inventor for the Cherokee Syllabary. In the late 1810’s and early 1820’s, Sequoyah developed an original writing system, creating symbols for each syllable in the Cherokee language. Within months of the Cherokee Nation adopting this system, thousands of Cherokee became literate.
Designed by Chris Costello and sculpted by Charles L. Vickers, the reverse design depicts an image of Sequoyah using a feather pen to write the words “Sequoyah from Cherokee Nation” in the Cherokee language around the border of the coin. In addition to these symbols, the inscription “UNITED STATES of AMERICA” also runs along the border of the coin, with the inscriptions “Sequoyah” and “$1” appearing as well.
On January 25, 2017, the United States Mint began accepting orders for bags, rolls, and boxes, of circulating quality 2017 Native American Dollars struck at the Philadelphia or Denver Mint. However, these coins were issued for general circulation, and were only available within numismatic products.
Later in the year, the United States Mint introduced the 225th Anniversary Enhanced Uncirculated Coin Set, which included ten coins produced at the San Francisco Mint. These coins showcased an Enhanced Uncirculated finish, achieved by blending laser-frosted sections with unpolished fields to highlight the intricacies of the designs. Notably, this set featured the 2017 Enhanced Uncirculated Native American Dollar and had a production limit of 225,000 units.
2017 Sacagawea (Native American) Dollar Artists
- Obverse Designer: Glenna Goodacre
- Reverse Sculptor: Charles L. Vickers
- Reverse Designer: Chris Costello (Artistic Infusion Program)
2017 Sacagawea (Native American) Dollar Mintages
- 2017-P: 1,820,000
- 2017-D: 1,540,000
- 2017-S Proof: 926,774