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Mint Posts First Photo of New Native American $1 Coin Reverse


January 18, 2017

The U.S. Mint’s product page for the 2017 Native American dollar has been updated with the first-ever photo of the coin’s reverse. This completes the design’s long journey from one of several competing concepts to the finished coin. This year’s design honors Cherokee scholar and statesman Sequoyah, creator of the Cherokee language.

As discussed in more detail in a Mint News Blog post, the Cherokee leader Sequoyah could neither read nor write English—but, understanding the value of written language, he devised a writing system for his people. The result of years of effort was a syllabary—a written language using symbols that represent the basic syllables that are used, in various combinations, to form a language. The Cherokee syllabary remains in use to this day.


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