U.S. Mint officials announced that one of three designs representing Sacagawea, the 16-year-old Shoshone girl who acted as a guide and interpreter to Meriwether Lewis and William Clark in 1805, will appear on a new dollar coin. The final three designs were created by Glenna Goodacre, the sculptor who created the Vietnam Women's Memorial.
The first design is a profile shot of Sacagawea, her chin and eyes uplifted. The second design depicts Sacagawea looking over her shoulder and into the faces of observers, carrying her sleeping son on her back. The third design is very similar to the second, except that she is not carrying her son. A 22-year-old Shoshone college student served as Goodacre's model for the designs.
The new U.S. dollar coin will replace the Susan B. Anthony dollar in the Spring of 2000. The Susan B. Anthony dollar was rejected by the public because it too closely resembled the twenty-five-cent quarter. The new dollar will be a golden color and will have a "distinctive edge," to differentiate it from a quarter.
The U.S. Mint is accepting comments on the final designs for both the face and back of the new coin via its Web site, www.usmint.gov/dollarcoin/finalist_home.cfm, up until December 28, 1998. The final coin design will be chosen in January, and the new dollar coins will become available sometime during the spring of 2000.