Original Sacagawea Dollar Coin Ranks at the Top
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Maybe the reason I prefer the Sacagawea dollar coin to all the other circulating coins is that it's the only coin I can think of with a baby on the obverse. How can you not like a baby?
I definitely think part of it is the fact that it doesn't portray a former President (I've always wished we'd go back to displaying Miss Liberty). Whatever it is, I definitely prefer the Sacagawea design to all the new Presidential dollars.
Although I'm sure many of you will disagree, I personally think the original Sacagawea dollar coin has the best design of any modern U.S. coin minted since the mid-20th century.
So what's the future for Sacagawea dollars?
With all the attention lately devoted to Presidential dollars, it seems the Sacagawea dollar coin has been relegated to nothing more than an after-thought. Not that it was ever very successful to begin with having to compete with the dollar bill. But it does seem to have a future beyond Presidential dollars.
Originally one-third of all dollar coins produced each year were supposed to be Sacagawea coins. However, new legislation in 2007 lowered that requirement to one-fifth. With less demand for the coins than even the Presidential dollars, these coins must be piling up considerably in government storage even with the smaller mintage totals.
Through the U.S. Mint's Direct Shipment Program, you can order rolls of Sacagawea dollars (or select Presidential dollars) at face value with free shipping. Not only are the 2009 and 2010 reverse designs available, but they've recently pulled many 2001 rolls with the original flying eagle reverse design out of storage.