Published December 10, 2016
WASHINGTON— On Friday, December 9, the United States Mint unveiled the one-year-only design that will appear on the reverse of next year’s 2017 Native American dollar. The coin features Sequoyah, who created the Cherokee syllabary.
The coin depicts Sequoyah writing “Sequoyah from Cherokee Nation” in syllabary along the border of the design. Inscriptions include “UNITED STATES OF AMERICA,” “$1,” and “Sequoyah” written in English in the field of the design.
The Cherokee Nation’s Secretary of State Hoskin issued the following statement on Friday:
“Having Sequoyah grace the U.S. dollar coin is a wonderful national recognition for our tribe’s renowned statesmen and creator of the Cherokee syllabary. Last year, the flip side of the Sacajawea dollar was a tribute to American Indian code talkers, and this year builds on the foundation of honoring the Indian people who have played a critical role in shaping our great country.
From a Cherokee perspective, the look and message behind the United States’ currency has improved two-fold in 2016, with the emergence of the Cherokee language and Sequoyah’s image on the dollar coin that will be going into circulation in the coming year, coupled with the announced plans to remove Andrew Jackson from the face of the $20 bill. It is good to see the United States Treasury take Native history in America into account for its monetary creations.”
The Native American $1 Coin Program celebrates the important contributions made by Indian tribes and individual Native Americans to the history and development of the United States.
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