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2015-D Native American – Mohawk Ironworkers Dollar : A Collector’s Guide

2015-D Native American Dollar - Mohawk Ironworkers. Image: CoinWeek / U.S. Mint.
2015-D Native American Dollar – Mohawk Ironworkers. Image: CoinWeek / U.S. Mint.

The 2015 Native American dollar coin celebrates the contributions of the Mohawk Ironworkers. For nearly a century, ironworkers from the Mohawk tribe have changed the landscape of many of America’s urban centers, working at perilous heights, fastening steel beams, and assembling the skeletal structure of the nation’s iconic skyscrapers. The coin’s reverse design is the work of United States Mint Artist Ronald D. Sanders. The design was engraved by Phebe Hemphill.

The 2015 Native American Mohawk Ironworkers dollar coin has a nominal face value of $1 but is struck only for collectors and sold by the Mint in sets, and in roll and bag quantities. Dollar coins struck at the Denver Mint have a D mintmark stamped on the edge of the coin. In 2015, the Denver Mint struck fewer dollar coins that the Philadelphia Mint.

What Is the 2015-D Native American Dollar Worth?

At a minimum, the 2015-D Native American dollar is worth one dollar as it is a one dollar legal tender coin. Since no coins from this mintage were issued for circulation, it would have been impossible to acquire a 2015-D Native American dollar from the Mint at face value. Bag and roll quantity of the coin is now only available via the secondary market. Uncirculated examples of this issue routinely sell for about $3 each on eBay. $25 coin rolls sell for about $50.

The 2024 Red Book lists a retail price of about $5.50 per coin Mint State 65. This is truly a notional value as it is impossible to produce an industry acceptable coin in Mint State 65 without first submitting it to a third party grading service. At $5.50, the cost to submit a candidate MS-65 coin is far below the terminal point.

Instead, a coin would have to grade MS-67 at a minimum to be worth the cost of submission. Some grading services attribute the orientation of the edge lettering as a variety. In the future, demand for Position A and Position B coins may manifest, but today they trade for roughly the same price. Through February 2024, NGC has certified 1,611 coins, the majority of which earned the Prooflike designation and were graded MS-67. Through the same period, PCGS had certified 583 coins, most in MS-67. CAC, to date, has not certified any examples of this issue.

In Mint State 67, recent sales have concluded online for prices ranging from $25 to $30. We estimate that MS-68 coins might trade for $150, or more, at current population levels.

Top Population: PCGS MS-68 (9, 2/2024). NGC MS-68DPL (5, 2/2024). CAC N/A (2/2024).

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Design

Obverse:

Artist Glenna Goodacre’s portrait of Sacagawea is representative of the Corps of Discovery explorer and her child Jean Baptiste Charbonneau. As no contemporary portraits of Sacagawea exist, Goodacre’s effigy is based on the likeness of then-23-year-old Shoshone model Randy’L He-dow Teton (born 1976). On the coin, Sacagawea’s body is facing to the right, her head turned two-thirds of the way to the side, eyes making direct contact with the holder of the coin. Baby Jean is asleep in a papoose. Wrapping around the top of the coin is LIBERTY. The motto IN GOD WE TRUST is inscribed in small letters to the left of Sacagawea. The date and mintmark on issues struck before 2009 were located to the right of Sacagawea’s chin, but have since been removed from the obverse and are now inscribed on the rim. Glenna Goodacre’s initials “gg” are drawn in incuse at the 7 o’clock position, adjacent to the rim.

Reverse:

A construction worker from the Mohawk tribe stands high above the New York City skyline. His right arm extended to a grab and guide a steel beam. His left hand grips the “porthole” that frames the coin’s design. A fisheye look at the surrounding buildings and water features effectively communicate a sense of height and scale. The worker’s right foot stands atop a beam, wherein the incuse inscription MOHAWK IRONWORKERS appears. At the four and eight o’clock positions are two bolts. UNITED STATES OF AMERICA wraps around the top of the design. The value of the denomination is represented as “$1” and appears in the skyline, to the left of the Empire State Building.

Edge:

Lettering on the edge features the date 2015, the specific coin’s mint mark, and the motto E PLURIBUS UNUM.

Designers

Glenda Goodacre’s design of Native American explorer Sacagawea was chosen after a nationwide design contest (View Designer’s Profile).

Designer Phebe Hemphill joined the U.S. Mint in 2006, and since that time has become one of the nation’s most prolific coin designers (View Designer’s Profile). 

Artist Ronald D. Sanders joined the Mint’s design staff through the Mint’s Artistic Infusion Program (View Designer’s Profile).

Coin Specifications

Country: United States of America
Year Of Issue: 2015
Denomination: One Dollar (USD)
Mint Mark: D (Denver)
Mintage: 2,240,000
Alloy: .770 copper, .120 zinc, 0.070 manganese, 0.040 nickel
Weight: 8.10 grams
Diameter: 26.55 mm
OBV Designer Glenna Goodacre
REV Designer Ronald D. Sanders | Phebe Hemphill
Quality: Uncirculated

 

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2 COMMENTS

  1. Very Kool ,this caught my eye didn’t know they made a coin about us mohawk ironworkers. I work in n.y. and my son works in Tampa as an ironworker. I’ll have to get some for us.

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