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    FROM: _http://www.nytimes.com/2008/11/28/us/28coins.html?_r=2_
    (http://www.nytimes.com/2008/11/28/us/28coins.html?_r=2)

    One-Dollar Coin’s New Look Will Feature Indian Farming

    By MATTHEW HEALEY
    Published: November 27, 2008

    Corn, beans and squash — the “three sisters” of Native American agricultural
    tradition — will appear on the nation’s one-dollar coins next year, in a
    design to be announced Friday by the United States Mint.



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    United States Mint
    The reverse side of the Sacagawea dollar coin will change each year,
    starting with this design by Norman E. Nemeth.

    By the dictates of an act that Congress passed last year, the reverse side of
    the gold-colored Sacagawea dollars will bear a new design each year starting
    in 2009, as part of a thematic series showing Native American contributions
    to the history and development of the United States.
    The first coin shows a young Indian woman planting seeds in a field of
    cornstalks, bean vines and squash. Adopting Indian farming methods proved crucial
    to European settlers’ surviving their early years in America. The coin will
    enter circulation in January alongside the continuing series of presidential
    one-dollar coins, which began in 2007 (the ninth coin in that series, with a
    portrait of William Henry Harrison, will be released in February).
    The theme for 2010 will be government. The second coin will show the Great
    Tree of Peace; a design for it will be approved next year. Future themes, to
    continue at least through 2016, are being worked on.
    The themes are developed by the mint, the _National Museum of the American
    Indian_
    (National Museum of the American Indian - The New York Times) , the National
    Congress of American Indians and committees in Congress that deal with Indian
    affairs, said Carla Coolman, a mint spokeswoman.
    At first glance, the new coins appear to contain an error: the date is
    missing from its customary spot next to Sacagawea’s face, where it has been since
    the design was introduced in 2000.
    But the omission is deliberate. The law authorizing the new coins decrees
    that the date, mint mark and motto “E Pluribus Unum” be cut into the edges of
    the coins, in the same manner as on the presidential dollars. Until now, the
    edges of the Sacagawea coins had been blank.
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