|Sacagawea Dollar Coins|
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The Sacagawea dollar is a United States dollar coin which has been minted every year since 2000. The coin was first suggested as a replacement for the Susan B. Anthony dollar, which proved useful for vending machine operators and mass transit systems despite being unpopular with the public. The Statue of Liberty was originally proposed as the design subject, but Sacagawea, the Shoshone guide of the Lewis and Clark expedition, was eventually chosen.
The coin features an obverse by Glenna Goodacre and a reverse by Thomas D. Rogers. The new dollar coin was heavily marketed via a series of print, radio and television advertisements, as well as United States Mint partnerships with Wal-Mart and Cheerios. The Sacagawea dollar did not prove popular with the public, and mintage dropped sharply in the second year of production. In 2009, the reverse of the Sacagawea began changing yearly, with each design in the series depicting a different Native American accomplishment. Soon after release of the new coins, it was discovered that they tarnished quickly once in circulation
Mintmarks: Philadelphia, Denver, San Francisco mintmarks are found under the date on the obverse.
SPECIFICATIONS: Composition is 88.5% copper, 6% zinc, 3.5% manganese, 2% nickel. Total weight: 8.1 grams. The manganese brass in the coin is part of the outer layer. Like any brass, its color will eventually darken, giving these coins an antique finish.
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