Interesting Facts About the 2009-present Sacagawea Dollar:
--The design of the Sacagawea dollar was selected from submission to a national competition.
-- The engraving of Sacagawea, a young Native American Shoshone, was created by artist Glanna Goodacre. Sacagawea's infant son is shown on her back in traditional fashion.
-- Sacagawea was interpreter and guide to explorers Lewis and Clark on their famed journey westward.
-- Beginning in 2009 the reverse of the Sacagawea dollar will feature special designs to honor the contributions of Native Americans to the development and history of the United States.
Native American dollars are composed of a pure copper core with outer layers of manganese brass. (.770 copper, .120 zinc, .070 manganese, and .040 nickel). Each measures 26.5mm in diameter.