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By March 15, 2009

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The Sacagawea Golden Dollar features the remarkable Shoshone woman and her infant son, Jean-Baptiste.

Of all the subjects ever portrayed on American coins, Sacagawea is one of the most interesting. She was kidnapped around the age of 10 or 11, sold into slavery a few years later, and purchased by a French fur trader by the time she was 14 to serve as his "wife." 15 years old and pregnant, she began an overland journey of thousands of miles when the fur trader was hired as a guide for the Lewis and Clark Expedition. (Her "husband" was actually hired on the condition that he bring Sacagawea along to interpret Native American languages, of which she knew several.)

It turns out that Sacagawea's presence on the Lewis and Clark Expedition was very likely a key factor in its overall success. William Clark, in his Journals, stated that there was no reward sufficient to repay this woman for her contribution to the Expedition. He held Sacagawea in such high esteem that when she died at the age of 25, he adopted her children.

What did Sacagawea do that was so remarkable? How could a 15-year old slave girl have such an influence in American history that we gave her Lady Liberty's traditional place on our dollar coin? The story of Sacagawea is a remarkable one, indeed.

United States Mint image.


August 22, 2006 at 10:05 pm
(1) Emily says:

Honoring Sacagawea on a dollar coin is befitting of the woman who contributed to our nation. She was a native-american but was treated like she was the foreigner. Think of the feelings of helplessness when sold as a slave and think of her goodness when she did what she did during the expedition.

February 2, 2009 at 11:26 am
(2) Katie says:

Hey, I’m an English student from Germany and I’m doing a presentation on the Sacagawea Dollar. It is a great and interesting topic and I’d like to have a native american’s opinion about it. Or anyone who would like to share his thoughts about it. Do you guys like it? Do you think it’s a good idea to raise awareness this way?
Thanks for your help!!!

February 15, 2009 at 1:56 pm
(3) Sondra Zientarski says:

Will Sacagawea Dollars ever be worth anything more than “face value” and if so, how soon and would it be a good idea to hold onto them? Thanks.

March 15, 2009 at 5:51 am
(4) The Yankee says:

Sacagawea Dollar Values?
Well if the Red Book is any indication, then here’s a partial list for you:
2001s – $90
2002s – $30

Most of the P&D mints are about $4 bucks, with the Proofs being around $15 dollars. There is however 2 types from the P mint from 2000 one having Bold Tail Feathers the other with a Presentation Finish that are listed around $550 dollars!

So I say “Yes” the Sacs are performing pretty good, so far, so hang onto them.

~The Yankee~

March 15, 2009 at 10:28 am
(5) Clair says:

It is also somewhat satisfying to know that congress has mandated that at least 1 in 5 dollars minted for circulation be Native American Dollars featuring Sacagawea on the obverse. This, along with the direct ship dollar program should ensure that a fair number of these coins actually reach circulation over the next 10 years (also mandated by congress, with a new reverse every year, to parallel the presidential dollars).

March 17, 2009 at 7:04 pm
(6) Anne says:

2009 has a new reverse for the Sacajawea Dollar. It is of a Native American working in the field. Try looking it up online to be sure, but it is a nice change from the eagle and it is beautiful. If you Google image search it as “2009 Sacajawea Dollar” it should come right up. Good luck on your project.

March 23, 2009 at 2:44 am
(7) coiny says:

# 2. To katie. Although i’m not a native American. I believe there is much reverance for our native American people. We all know the history. Some of it, we don’t. Too much was done by our government back then in broken promises. Not much different than today. So more now then in the past, we can identify with our native American brothers & sisters. The government, not the people made bad policys against them. Took thier land at will. Mistreated many. So yes, as an American i think that is the least that can be done to show our reverence for the sacarafice Sacagawea made in helping us shape our nation. There is alot more to how American Indians helped shape this nation. Or had a hand in helping to make a new nation. So many explorors came out of Europe, it was inevitable that sooner or later someone would visit our shores. In my opinion, i think it worked out for the better, that it worked out as it did. There were tyrants that owned much of the land here before we became a new nation. If someone like the tyrants from Stalins communist Russia had got here first, i don’t think there would be any native Americans to celebrate on any coins. Imagine what this country would be like had that scenario played out, instead of the way it has.


July 24, 2009 at 9:24 am
(8) jack says:

What is a Sacagawea dollar with the eagle upsidedown worth? Its a 2000P

August 25, 2010 at 8:51 pm
(9) sven says:

I have 5 Sacaqawea coins all 2000 p can anybody tell me what their worth?

September 23, 2010 at 3:46 pm
(10) Toney says:

I have 2 Sacagawea dollar 2000p – what are they worth?

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