Introduced in the 2000 millennium year, the compact Sacagawea dollar promised to revive the $1 coin in commerce. The design of the small dollar was selected from submission to a national competition. The engraving of Sacagawea, a young Native American Shoshone, was created by artist Glenna Goodacre. Sacagawea was an interpreter and guide to explorers Lewis and Clark on their famed 1804-1806 journey westward. Sacagawea's infant son is shown on her back in traditional fashion.
The coin's bright golden color made it easily distinguishable from the quarter, as the short-lived copper-nickel Susan B. Anthony dollar had not been. But it still felt like a quarter in pocket or purse, and the public didn't embrace it. Mintages drastically dropped and its use in commerce virtually ceased. The U.S. Mint decided to continue issuing Sacagawea dollars only in limited-mintage collector editions.
In 2009 the U.S. Mint began producing Sacagawea dollars with one-year-only reverse designs celebrating the contributions of Native Americans to the history of the United States. Our complete set includes all BU and Proofs from the first 2000 issues to current coins. You get key pieces such as the 2001-S and 2002-S proofs (all the S-mint proof dollars were issued only as part of complete proof sets, making them difficult to find individually).