For centuries, Native American peoples and culture have been celebrated on coins and currency. Perhaps the most famous example of this is the aging Native American man who appears on the obverse of James Earle Fraser’s Buffalo Nickel. Even today, the U.S. Mint continues to honor the rich history and culture of Native Americans with the Native American $1 Coin Program. However in recent years, Native American tribes have opted to tell their own stories as well, and they are achieving that through the Native American Mint. The Native American Mint is starting to grow in popularity, and its issues would make some unique additions to silver collections. Be sure to consider some of its pieces as you grow your collection.
In 2015, the Native American Mint began a new series of coins to celebrate Native tribes in each of the fifty states. Each coin in the series celebrates a tribe from one of the states, and depicts a member of that tribe on the obverse. On the reverse of each coin is an animal that is important to the survival of the tribe that is represented on the obverse. Each coin in the series is struck from one ounce of .999 fine Silver. While the pieces have face values ($1), and are called “dollars,” the face values are commemorative since only the United States Mint is permitted to legally issue coins as US dollar legal tender.
While the Native American Dollar program is at the heart of the Mint’s mission, it also issues other proof coins. Many of these are focused on the moon. It’s Solar Eclipse Curved Silver Coin, for example, appeals not only to star gazers, but to anyone who appreciates a coin with unique design elements.