Archive for Wednesday, September 5, 2007

Sacagawea dollar gets new look

September 5, 2007


— Congress on Tuesday approved a redesign of the Sacagawea dollar in hopes of enticing consumer and business use of the gold-colored dollar.

Under legislation passed by voice vote in the House and sent to President Bush for his signature, new editions of the coin honoring the young Shoshone who helped Lewis and Clark on their trek to the Pacific Ocean more than 200 years ago will come out in 2009.

The new coins will continue to depict Sacagawea and her child, but they will feature scenes on the reverse side, changed annually, commemorating the achievements of other American Indian tribes.

"These designs will take the American people to a journey of different experiences of native people by exposing them to their unique histories while preserving the memories of Sacagawea," said Rep. Dale Kildee, D-Mich., sponsor of the bill.

The Sacagawea dollar was first minted in 2000 to replace the Susan B. Anthony dollar coin. But like its predecessor, it failed to win public acceptance and today is produced only for sale to collectors.

The U.S. Mint this year has produced about 7.5 million Sacagawea coins. By comparison, through July this year the Mint has made about 775 million of the new presidential $1 coins. Those coins depict U.S. presidents, starting with George Washington, with a new coin coming out every three months.

Among design suggestions are the Cherokee written language, the Iroquois Confederacy, the World War II codetalkers and Olympic athlete Jim Thorpe.


Ragingbear 10 years, 7 months ago

Isn't it great that even though we are in massive debt and our national deficit is at an all-time high, that we are able to focus on what is important? Look at this, what would the next generation be like if we didn't stop and redesign a coin that hardly anyone uses? It's not like we needed the 56 million or whatever for more worthwhile causes, like education, health care, or bullet-proof jackets for the troops overseas.

SettingTheRecordStraight 10 years, 7 months ago

Health care? What makes you think the government should use even one cent of our tax dollars to pay for others' health care, ragingbear?

sourpuss 10 years, 7 months ago

Just stop making $1 bills. Then you will see people using the coin. Simple as that.

Oh, and switching to coins would save money, as making and remaking bills is quite expensive, and coins hold up in circulation much better. Americans just don't want to admit that that mighty dollar just doesn't buy as much as it used to.

Dump the bill!

lunacydetector 10 years, 7 months ago

sacagawea-who? i thought those were pocahontas dollars. my bad.

daddax98 10 years, 7 months ago

agnostick would you please stop making so much sense, people are trying to complain around here

sourpuss 10 years, 7 months ago

Thanks for the facts, Agnostick (instead of my baseless, albeit accurate, ranting). And thanks for the laugh, daddax98... made my day.

Janet Lowther 10 years, 7 months ago

The problem with the recent dollar coins (both Susan's and Sacagawea's) is that they are darn near the size of quarters. Sacagawea dollars, at least are brassy, but in dim light it is still hard to tell.

Make dollar coins out of hard aluminum and the same size the old silver dollars were. Or at least the size of half dollars. Use an age hardening alloy like 6061 and it won't wear the dies much if any more than the current mostly zinc coins, but be hard enough cheap hacksaw blades will hardly cut it after it has been baked for a while. I suggest aluminum 'cause my mother thought silver dollars made her purse too heavy back when they were still widely circulated.

Then quit printing the pesky singles: The things are getting to be about as annoying in the wallet as pennies are in the pocket.

bugmenot 10 years, 7 months ago

Way to shell out the bucks to include a picture to go with the description, L J World.

sourpuss 10 years, 7 months ago

Actually, I think the new dollar coins are exactly the same size as the Canadian $1 coins, and believe me, there is absolutely no problem telling those apart from quarters. It really is very obvious and Americans need to stop sweating so much about telling apart their coins. Yes, the Suzie Bs were bad, but the new ones are fine. Just embrace the "change"!

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