a meeting held on June 16, 2011, the Commission of Fine Arts (CFA)
reviewed design candidates prepared by the United States Mint for
the 2012 Native American Dollar.
Native American Dollar series began in 2009 and has highlighted
the contributions and accomplishments of Native Americans on an
annually rotating reverse design. The themes have been Agriculture
with the Three Sisters method of planting (2009), Government
with the Haudenosaunee or Iroquois Confederacy (2010), and Diplomacy
with the first written treaty between Native Americans and English
settlers (2011). The design for 2012 will represent the spread of
the horse and trade routes of the 17th century.
total of 13 different design candidates for the 2012 Native American
Dollar were presented. Seven of the designs featured traditional
depictions, while the remaining six were based on the ledger style
of Native American art.
CFA praised the use of alternatives based on ledger art as opposed
to to the representational narrative treatment that
is typical of US Mint design candidates and encouraged further exploration
of the style in future coins. Their official recommendation was
for design candidate #8, which was one of the traditional alternatives,
portraying a Native American and horse in profile.
recommendations were made to alter the design including removing
the three smaller horses included in the background and moving the
denomination closer to the rim, placing it in the same circumferential
zone as the other text.
view the other design submissions, see: