Design of the 2015-W Sacagawea Mohawk Ironworkers
The reverse of the 2015-W Sacagawea Mohawk Ironworkers features an ironworker doing a job that many would consider remarkably dangerous. The worker has his back to the holder and is reaching out for a beam with his right hand. He balances himself with his left hand by holding onto the frame that surrounds the image. He also has his foot set upon that frame, which is horizontal at the bottom but circular around the rest of the coin, while his left foot extends beyond the frame to the rim of the coin. The beam for which he is reaching extends from the top portion of the frame. “$1,” the coin’s face value, is inscribed under the beam. What makes the entire image truly striking is the background. It shows the view of the New York City skyline from high above. The Empire State Building rises in the distance near the right side of the coin, but the height of the building on which the man is doing his job is clear from the roofs of the tall buildings below. Under the portion of the frame on which the worker has his foot set are the words “MOHAWK IRONWORKERS,” the men for whom the coin is named. The country name, “UNITED STATES OF AMERICA,” arches over the frame at the top.
On the obverse is a design that is unique in many ways. It features Sacagawea, a young mother, carrying her infant son, Jean Baptiste, on her back. The baby is wrapped in a garment that partially obscures his face. Sacagawea’s shoulders turn away from the holder, but her head is turned toward him. What makes her image truly special, though, is that her eyes stare directly at the holder, a design element that is at odds with traditional numismatics. Along the rim at the top is the word “LIBERTY,” while the national motto, “IN GOD WE TRUST,” is on the left, slightly above Jean Baptiste’s head.
Special features of the GEM Uncirculated $1 banknote
Although the banknotes included in these sets are largely similar to any other ones, there are two special features that reference the commemoration that the set honors. The first is that these notes all come from the New York Federal Reserve Bank, as indicated by the treasury mark to the left of the portrait of President George Washington on the face of the note. The other special feature is that the serial numbers on all of these notes begin with the numbers “911,” a reference to September 11, the date of the 2001 terrorist attacks.
The case for the note is provided by the grading company, PMG. The PMG logo appears at the left, and its full name, “PAPER MONEY GUARANTEE,” is spelled out under it. To the right of the logo are three lines of text. The first line, “2015 COIN & CURRENCY SET,” references the set of which this dollar is a part. The second line identifies the bill: “$1 2013 FEDERAL RESERVE NOTE.” The serial number and Friedberg number are provided on the final line. To the right is the bill’s grade, “GEM,” in large lettering, with the words, “GEM UNCIRCULATED,” below in smaller text.
Why add this 2015-W Sacagawea Mohawk Ironworkers to your collection?
This 2015-W Sacagawea Mohawk Ironworkers pays homage to a group of men whose important work in the wake of one of the greatest tragedies in America is often overlooked. Both sides of the coin feature unique and beautiful design elements. Numismatists may be especially interested in the inclusion of Jean Baptiste and the direction of Sacagawea’s eyes on the obverse, but just about anyone could appreciate the remarkable design of the reverse that illustrates the dangerous work that ironworkers do. These factors make the coin a special addition to any collection, but it could also be a meaningful gift for those whose lives were touched personally by the September 11 attacks, as well as ironworkers anywhere.
While the symbolism on the banknote is more subtle, it, too, pays tribute to the work of the Mohawk Ironworkers. The fact that such tributes appear on something that is usually considered mundane, a dollar bill, is indicative of how the work of those men and women helped the country to get back to their lives in the wake of the attacks.
|Year of Issue:||2015|
|Weight in Grams:||8.1 g|
|Release Type:||Early Releases|
|Tag:||Sacagawea Mohawk Ironworkers|