Hot Topic: Honoring the Founder
Often an organization will want to honor its founder by including his or her likeness on a coin. For such a coin to be genuinely successful, the likeness must be true. Getting that result on a coin requires the highest level of skill and craftsmanship in coin creation. Northwest Territorial Mint is proud to be able to work with the finest artisans available to achieve such results.
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During its first two centuries, the United States Mint obtained designs for nine regular-issue coins through contests involving outside artists -- persons not employed on its staff. Most have won acclaim for their craftsmanship and beauty. In fact, some of these coins are ranked -- by connoisseurs and critics alike -- among the nation's finest works of numismatic art.
The dollar coin portraying Sacagawea, which debuted in January 2000, lengthens this list to 10. The obverse was designed by artist Glenna Goodacre, using Shoshone Randy'L He-dow Teton as a model for Sacagawea.