The United States Mint has now released the 2018 Native American $1 Coins, in several product options for collector's to order.
Since 2009, this $1 coin has displayed a different reverse design each year that recognises the important contributions made by Indian tribes and individual Native Americans to the history and development of the United States. The 2018 coin recognises the accomplishments of Olympian and multi-talented athlete Jim Thorpe.
Jim Thorpe(1887 – 1953) was a notable and accomplished athlete, active during the first few decades of the 20th century. He played both minor and major league baseball, including for the New York Giants. He played collegiate football and would go on to play for six different teams in the NFL as well. In addition to this he played basket ball, dabbled in lacrosse and even won the intercollegiate ballroom dancing championship in 1912.
But his greatest success would come in the 1912 Summer Olympics, held in Stockholm, Sweden, where he would win gold medals in both the pentathlon and the decathlon events.
Jim Thorpe retired from competition at the age of 41. He was named by the Associated Press as the "greatest athlete" from the first 50 years of the 20th century, and in a poll of sports fans conducted by ABC Sports, Thorpe was voted the Greatest Athlete of the Twentieth Century. He was inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame in 1963.
The reverse of the coin depicts a portrait of Jim Thorpe to the left in the mid distance. The foreground images depicts Thorpe in two of his bet known roles.Firstly playing football to the right and during his track and field career in the Olympics to the left. The inscriptions read : “JIM THORPE”, “UNITED STATES OF AMERICA,” and “$1.” His tribal name of “WA-THO-HUK”, which translates as Bright Path, is also included on the design.
The obverse design of the coin remains unchanged from previous years and depicts a representation of Sacagawea carrying her infant son, Jean Baptiste. The inscriptions are “LIBERTY” and “IN GOD WE TRUST.”
The coins are available to order in an uncirculated finish, but will not be released into general circulation – much like the Kennedy Half dollar coins as well. The coins are available in either “P” or “D” variants from the Philadelphia and Denver Mints respectively.
The product options include a 25 coin roll for a cost of $32.95. A 100 coin bag that will cost $111.95 per bag. And finally a 250 coin box that the mint is selling for $275.95 per box. Each option is available to order in both “P” and “D” versions.
The coin is also scheduled to be included in proof and mint sets due for release later in 2018.