Native American $1 Coin highlights the contributions of Native Americans to the U.S. Space Programme

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10 July 2019
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The reverse of the 2019 Native American $1 Coin highlights the contributions of Native Americans to the U.S. Space Programme.

American Indians have been on the modern frontier of space flight since its infancy. 

American Indian contributions to the U.S. Space Programme culminated in the three spacewalks of John Herrington (Chickasaw) on the International Space Station in 2002. These and other pioneering achievements date back to the work of Mary Golda Ross (Cherokee), one of the first female American Indian engineers. She helped develop the Agena spacecraft for the Gemini and Apollo Programs.

Mary Golda Ross

The reverse design features Mary Golda Ross writing calculations. The formula is an example that Mary could have used to calculate interplanetary space travel, determine the departure plane orbit, and transfer orbit energy. Behind her, an Atlas-Agena rocket launches into space, with an equation inscribed in its cloud.

An astronaut, symbolic of Native American astronauts—including Herrington—spacewalks above. In the field behind, a group of stars indicates outer space.

Reverse inscriptions are “UNITED STATES OF AMERICA” and “$1.” The 2019 Native American $1 Coin has a special enhanced uncirculated finish and was minted at the Philadelphia Mint.

Coin details

Denomination: $1

Weight: 8.1g

Diameter: 26.49mm

Composition: 6% Zinc, 3.5% Manganese, 2% Nickel, Balance Copper

To order the coin and currency set, visit the US Mint website.

(image copyright US Mint)

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