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January 2010 Volume 4

2010 Native American $1 Dollar Design Unveiled
http://www.coinnews.net/2009/11/26/2010-native-american-1-dollar-design-unveiled/
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"The Great Tree of Peace" is the theme for the 2010 Native American $1 coin.

The "tails" side shows a Hiawatha Belt with five arrows bound together. The belt signifies the creation of the Haudenosaunee, also known as the Iroquois Confederacy. In the belt's center is a white pine representing the Onondaga Nation. The remaining four characters signify the other four Confederacy Nations:  the Mohawk, Oneida, Cayuga and Seneca.

The bundle of arrows show the strength in unity of the five participating nations.

Surrounding the belt and arrows are the inscriptions "UNITED STATES OF AMERICA," "GREAT LAW OF PEACE" "HAUDENOSAUNEE" and "$1."

The Iroquois Confederacy was founded around the 16th century in today's New York area. It was a loosely based political structure that united the local tribes.

Sacagawea is featured on "heads" side of all Native American coins. The design was first seen on the 2000 Sacagawea golden dollar.

Struck from copper, the coin is covered in manganese brass that creates a golden color.

The yearly Native American are dictated by the Native American $1 Coin Act (Public Law 110-82). Legislation requires that at least 20% of all dollars minted must be Native American. They will be issued by the US Mint in January and throughout the year as needed. 

2010's coin was designed by Thomas Cleveland.

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