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Sacagawea Dollar (2000 to Date)

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The Sacagawea dollar came around in the year 2000 to take over from the Susan B Anthony dollar which ran for 20 years. There was much acclaim around the release of the dollar with the image of Native American Sacagawea.

Along with others, I was excited about the release and went out and grabbed the collector book to store some circulated coins. Unfortunately, much like the Susan B Anthony and the Presidential dollars, there weren't many of these Sacagawea dollars circulating. The banks had some, some vendors, the post office, but for the most part you would not receive these for change unless you asked. As a result, my collection only has two dollars in it, and the public quickly lost interest.

Starting in 2007 the Sacagawea will run concurrent with the Presidential dollars. Hopefully the efforts to work with vendors will help encourage the circulation of these dollar coins in years to come.

One of the most interesting things with the Sacagawea was the finding of a more detailed tail strike found in a promotion of Cheerios boxes. Some selling upwards of 20,000 dollars. Titled the "Cheerios" dollar, it's a rare find. Read more about it here.

http://www.smalldollars.com/dollar/page20c.html

History

The US Mint Sacagawea Dollar coins were first released February 27th 2000.

Each year, 1 Sacagawea Dollar coins will be released for circulation from Philadelphia (P) and Denver (D) as well as proofs from San Francisco (S).

"The Golden Dollar's obverse, or heads, has Sacagawea portrayed in three-quarter profile. In a departure from numismatic tradition, she looks straight at the holder. Glenna Goodacre, the artist of the obverse, included the large, dark eyes attributed to Sacagawea in Shoshone legends. Goodacre used a present-day Shoshone college student, Randy'L He-dow Teton, as her model.

On her back, Sacagawea carries Jean Baptiste, her infant son. Six months pregnant when she joined the Lewis and Clark expedition, Sacagawea gave birth to Jean Baptiste early in the journey."

Information from the USMint.Gov

Check out these other resources for more information.
  • Click Here - The Wikipedia page on the Sacagawea Dollar coins contains a great deal of information and details.
  • Click Here - The US Mint Sacagawea $1 Coin program
  • Click Here - This is a great site dedicated to small dollars from the US Mint. Loads of excellent information.

Specs

The Sacagawea dollar is a "golden"dollar coin. Although gold in color, the coin is mostly copper. The Sacagawea is the same composition as the Presidential Dollar coins that started in 2007.

Sculptor Obverse: Glenna Goodacre Sculptor Reverse: Thomas D Rogers
Weight: 8.1 grams (.286 oz) Diameter: 26.5 mm (1.043 in)
Thickness: 2 mm (.079 in) Composition: 88.5% Copper, 6% Zinc, 3.5% Manganese, 2% Nickel

Information from the USMint.Gov

Mints

Sacagawea Dollar Mint MarkEach year, one version of the Sacagawea Dollar will be released for circulation from Philadelphia (P) and Denver (D) as well as proofs from San Francisco (S).

The mintmark for the Sacagawea dollar is just below the year on the obverse of the coin.

What's it worth?

So what's my coin worth?

The Sacagawea Dollar is a current coin that you can still easily get. You can go into banks and they will most likely have a few there. Also, they don't contain any precious metals like silver so the metal value is inconsequential.

With that said, circulated coins aren't worth much more than face value. MS or proof coins that are uncirculated are generally worth a bit more, but don't expect too much. Coins that are graded by PCGS, NGC, or another of the grading companies will be worth a bit more.

Here are a few of my favorite free guides for estimating the value of your Sacagawea Dollar.

  • Click Here - Numismedia Fair Market Value page for Good to MS60 Sacagawea Dollar coins
  • Click Here - Numismedia Fair Market Value page for MS61 to MS70 Sacagawea Dollar coins
  • Click Here - PCGS Sacagawea Dollars Price Guide

Click the sliders below for more information on how to estimate the value of your coins.

  • Coin type(Dollar), Coin Set(Sacagawea Dollar), Year(2001), Mintmark(D)
  • If you don't know what coin you have, try using the coin catalog to find a picture.
  • If you have a Sacagawea Dollar, go to the next step and grade your coin. If not, find your coin and use that grade guide
  • Keep in mind any errors or varieties for your coin when looking for the value. You never know, you might have a rare find.

The grade of your coin is probably the most important aspect in valuating your coin. It can also be the most subjective. Since Sacagawea coins are so current, the value of circulated ungraded coins will most likely not be much more than face value.

If you have coins graded by PCGS or NGC, use the links above for their estimated value pages.

Click Here for general grading guidelines.

Now that you understand what coin you have, and an approximate grade for the coin, ask yourself why you want the value.
  • I want to sell it - If you want to sell your Sacagawea Dollar, understand that dealers won't likely give you full red book or full graded price for the coin. They need to make a profit too. EBay is always a good option, but you may not get as much as the power sellers with thousands of positive reviews. Be realistic about how much you will get for selling the coin, and use the price guides as good references.
  • I want to buy it - Arm yourself with as much information as you can. Just like above, the dealers aren't going to pay full red book for the coin, so there may just be some wiggle room. The key is to know what you want, and understand roughly how much it should go for. If you find a coin that you just have to have, this may help you from paying too much for it.
  • Insurance - If you are looking at the value of the coin for insurance, you may want to use these guide values or get a professional appraisal from a dealer. It's important to note that you need to insure for what it will cost to replace the coin. That is likely closer to Red Book, Numismedia, or PCGS price guides.