Design of the 2015 W Sacagawea Native American $1 Dollar
Sacagawea is featured on the obverse of this 2015 W Sacagawea Native American $1, which is unique in a few ways. Perhaps most noticeable is the infant that she carries on her back. Whereas portraits on the obverse of coins almost invariably show a person by himself or herself, Sacagawea is shown carrying her son, Jean Baptiste, on her back. The right side of the baby’s face is mostly visible, though it is partially obscured by the garment in which he is being carried. Another major departure from numismatic tradition is that Sacagawea’s shoulders are turned partially away from the holder. While her shoulders are turned away, her eyes look directly at the holder, again, something not typically found on coinage. To the left of Sacagawea about halfway up the coin on the left is the national motto, “IN GOD WE TRUST.” At the top of the coin, the word that appears on the obverse of nearly all American coinage, “LIBERTY,” is inscribed.
The obverse features a unique design that is framed apart from the rim. The frame plays a role in the design itself, as an iron worker has one foot set upon it at the bottom and another running through it. He is also balancing himself by holding onto it with his left hand while he reaches for a beam with his right. The worker’s back is turned to the holder, and he is shown wearing a hardhat and other gear appropriate for a worksite. To his right is the coin’s face value, “$1.” The background is an aerial view of the New York City skyline. The Empire State Building, one of New York’s most famous landmarks, can be seen to the right. The country’s name, “UNITED STATES OF AMERICA,” arches above the frame. To the bottom, the frame cuts across horizontally, creating space for an inscription that identifies the people whom this set honors, the “MOHAWK IRONWORKERS.”
Label of the 2015 W Sacagawea Native American $1 Dollar
This coin comes with a beautiful label that features an image of Sacagawea in her youth. She is portrayed wearing traditional Native American dress. Her hair drops down to her chest on either side of her head, and she holds a walking stick in her left hand. She gazes off to the left of the holder. On the bottom, there is a red label with the NGC logo on the left and “SACAGAWEA” on the right. The main section of the label features five lines of text in addition to the barcode and certification number, which are provided for easy authentication. The top line of text indicates that this coin is part of a set. It reads, “COIN AND CURRENCY SET.” The second provides the year, mint, coin name, and face value: “2015 W SACAGAWEA $1.” The third indicates which men the coin was minted to honor: “MOHAWK IRON WORKERS.” The final two lines, which read, “EARLY RELEASES; PF70 ENHANCED FINISH,” indicate that the coin was submitted for grading within thirty days of its initial release, that it is in flawless condition, and that its finish was enhanced.
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.
Label of the GEM Uncirculated $1 banknote
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 Native American $1 Dollar and GEM Uncirculated $1 banknote set to your collection?
This 2015 W Sacagawea Native American $1 Dollar and GEM Uncirculated $1 banknote set honors some of the men who provided great service at a very difficult time in American history. The coin features beautiful imagery on both sides, but the reverse is especially poignant for anyone who was affected by the September 11 tragedy. 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. The banknote is in great condition, and the coin, graded SP70, is flawless.
|Year of Issue:||2015|
|Weight in Grams:||8.1 g|
|Release Type:||Early Releases|
|Tag:||Sacagawea Mohawk Ironworkers|