Sacagawea Dollars: Values, Info & Fun Facts About The ‘Golden Dollar’

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sacagawea-dollars-photo-by-joshua.JPG Sacagawea dollars — otherwise known as ‘the golden dollar’ when first released in 2000 — feature the young Shoshone Native American woman Sacagawea and her infant son, Jean Baptiste Charbonneau.

Sacagawea’s significance in American history is that of guide and translator for much of the Lewis and Clark Expedition of 1804 and 1805.

Glenna Goodacre designed the obverse portrait featuring the young Sacagawea.


About The Sacagawea Dollar

Sacagawea dollars first came about as the demand for dollar coins rose during the mid-1990s.

The United States $1 Coin Act of 1997 authorized the production of a new dollar coin.

By the end of 1999, most the  public became aware of the highly publicized image of Sacagawea carrying her son.

In fact, there was a nationwide promotion for the Sacagawea dollar. Even Cheerios chimed in on the action, offering a Sacagawea dollar coin in certain select boxes of the beloved cereal.

So Why Aren’t We Able to Find Many Sacagawea Dollars In Pocket Change?

As you’ve noticed by now, most people aren’t using the Sacagawea dollar in day-to-day transactions. Yet, the golden dollar was supposed to be a revolutionary coin that would prompt Americans to use a dollar coin.

So what happened?

Lots of factors got in the way of Americans using a dollar coin.

Probably the most important issues are:

  • The dollar bill was still being made.
  • Creatures of habit we are, we generally opted to use the dollar bill over the dollar coin since we still had the choice.
  • Many people don’t like the heavier weight of the dollar coin versus the dollar bill.
  • Too many coin-operated machines can’t accept dollar coins.
  • Some cash tills and other coin containers and holders don’t have a convenient spot for dollar coins.

Nevertheless, the U.S. Treasury still continued trying to make the case that dollar coins were the way to go — and for good reason. It’s cheaper, in the long run, to make dollar coins rather than dollar bills.

Think of it this way:

  • It costs around only 12 cents to make a dollar coin that lasts 30 years.
  • We spend about 3 cents to produce dollar bills that have a lifespan of about 18 months.

See the benefit there in that math equation? Yep, we’d save hundreds of millions of dollars over a period of several years if we switched solely to making dollar coins.

What Makes The ‘Golden Dollar’ Golden

Curious about what goes into making a golden dollar look that way? It’s a combination of a few metals, mainly copper.

  • 88.5% copper
  • 6% zinc
  • 3.5% manganese
  • 2% nickel

Quite a brew, huh?

How Many Sacagawea Dollars Have Been Made?

The bulk of the mintage of the Sacagawea dollar was predominately from the coin’s first 2 years: 2000 and 2001. By 2002, the U.S. Mint began reducing the number of Sacagawea dollars being made. By 2003, the coin was in production virtually just for the sake of inclusion in coin collectors’ coin sets.

Here’s a look at the approximate mintages from the first 5 years of the Sacagawea dollar, not including proofs:

  • 2000 1.3 billion (yes, billion with a ‘B.’)
  • 2001 133 million
  • 2002 7.6 million
  • 2003 6.2 million
  • 2004 5.3 million

The Value Of Sacagawea Dollars

Though you don’t probably don’t see Sacagawea dollars often, nothing about them is rare, and there are really no ‘valuable’ Sacagawea dollars, except for those which have been certified by coin grading services and have a perfect or nearly perfect grade.

Any you find in circulation are worth just $1. Even those in typical uncirculated grades have a value of about $1.50 to $2.

There are 5,000 special Sacagawea dollars dated for the year 2000 that were given to Glenna Goodacre as payment for her design contribution. These have a shiny finish and are worth about $300 apiece.

What’s Up With The Sacagawea Dollar Lately?

Beginning in 2009, the U.S. Mint removed the flying eagle reverse on the Sacagawea dollar and has replaced it with designs that will change annually until 2016. Constituting the Native American Dollar Coin series, these special reverse designs honor various aspects of Native American culture, tradition, and history.

The Sacagawea design remains unchanged on the obverse.


I'm the Coin Editor here at TheFunTimesGuide. My love for coins began when I was 11 years old. I primarily collect and study U.S. coins produced during the 20th century. I'm a member of the American Numismatic Association (ANA) and the Numismatic Literary Guild (NLG) and have won multiple awards from the NLG for my work as a coin journalist. I'm also the editor at the Florida United Numismatists Club (FUN Topics magazine), and author of Images of America: The United States Mint in Philadelphia (a book that explores the colorful history of the Philadelphia Mint). I've contributed hundreds of articles for various coin publications including COINage, The Numismatist, Numismatic News, Coin Dealer Newsletter, Coin Values, and CoinWeek. I've authored nearly 1,000 articles here at The Fun Times Guide to Coins (many of them with over 50K shares), and I welcome your coin questions in the comments below!

83 thoughts on “Sacagawea Dollars: Values, Info & Fun Facts About The ‘Golden Dollar’

  1. Another interesting fact. Since 2002, the US has sent over $500 million in Sacagaweas to Ecuador whose government has monetized the US dollar. There it circulates in the economy and is popular with the people as they identify Sacagawea as an Ecuadorian native (Amerind) woman. Additionally, they extend currency life as they last longer in the tropical environment than paper currency does.

    1. Hi, Annette —

      The imprint of the date on the rim is intentional.

      Thanks for checking!

  2. Actually, vending machines made since 2000 are electronically configured to process dollar coins. The problem is that some manufacturers continued to use smaller slots that prevent insertion of any coin larger than a quarter, effectively negating all those internal upgrades.

    Cash registers have a somewhat similar problem. Some manufacturers have opted to make drawers with only four coin slots, using the remaining space as a kind of utility tray. Plus even when they have five slots available, cashiers still use the fifth one as a catch-all for paper clips, rubber bands, etc. The former could be fixed with new standards, and the latter could be addressed through behavioral changes.

    Finally, it’s important to note the level of politics involved in continued production of $1 bills. Crane Paper, the company that makes the special cotton-linen “paper” for banknotes, has long lobbied Congress to continue printing dollar bills because they account for almost half of Crane’s production. Congress has gone so far as to legislate that even the bill’s antiquated design can’t be updated. Depending on whose figures you use, the resulting waste adds up to at least three-quarters of a billion dollars a year and leaves the US as the only major country that hasn’t replaced its low-value notes with coins.

    1. Hi, Christian —

      If your coin is worn, it’s worth face value. All but the best mint condition (uncirculated) pieces are worth $1.50 to $3.


    1. Hi, Sandra —

      Would you mind uploading a photo of your coin so I can provide a detailed answer for you?

      Thank you so much!

      1. If you look closely the entire coin is off center. Does this count as a mistrike ?

        1. Hi, Sandra —

          The coin appears to be about 1 to 2% off-center, but I’m afraid that isn’t enough to increase its value as an error coin. Most error coin collectors generally set the collectibility threshold for an off-center coin at 5 to 10%, based on the coin.

          Thank you for your question — and great image!


  3. Double in all letter see over ( in god we trust .1969 .

  4. Take yogur time , this coin is worth ! Only one in the wold!!!

    1. Hi, Alex —

      The photos are grainy, but this one might be worth getting attributed. I’d hate to have you take your time if it’s machine doubling but don’t want to have you miss out if it’s something more, and the last close-up images aren’t showing me as much of what I’ll need to see… I’m sorry.

      You might consider sending the coin here:

      Good luck!

  5. Hi, Alex —

    It’s hard to say for sure on the 1935-S without seeing more images of the entire coin but it looks like this piece, from what I see, may have machine doubling.

    The 1969-D looks like a possible repunched mintmark and, if it verifies, would be worth about 50 cents.

    The 1992 cent looks like it has light machine doubling, too.

    I’m really impressed by all of the anomalies you’re finding Alex! I know they aren’t always worth millions, but you’ve got an amazing set of eyes! Keep looking!


  6. Hi josh , is this dime proof?

    1. Hi, Alex —

      I’m afraid not; it’s a business-strike 1975 Roosevelt dime from the Philadelphia Mint. It’s worn and is thus worth face value.

      Have a great day,

  7. https://uploads.disquscdn.comm/images/4333858cd047dfdf4bf59d518ee7dffef71844d207269405936958649672333e.png Posible double ! 1984cent

    1. Hi, Alex —

      This image is a little blurry so I can’t tell for sure; I do see doubling in the date (possibly) and it appears to be either machine doubling or was struck from a late-stage die and is worth very little, if anything, over face value.

      Thank you for your question and photos!

  8. Hi, Alex —

    I’m afraid this does not appear to be a doubled die and is worth face value.

    Keep looking, man!

  9. I have all 50 states of year 2000 gold dollars that are mint condition all individually wrapped how much u think the whole set goes for?

    1. Hi, Ryan —

      I’m not sure what 50 States golden dollars you’re referring to. Perhaps this is a private-mint issue or alteration to the golden dollars? Would you please submit a photo of these coins or the rolls so I can further assist?

      Thank you so much,

  10. And this cent is very rare , im sure is metal error . Is not magnétic !

    1. Hi, Alex —

      A regular 1944 bronze cent would not stick to a magnet, so I’m afraid this is actually a common 1944 cent, and it’s worn — it would be worth 3 to 5 cents.

      Now, if you have a 1943 cent that doesn’t stick to a magnet, you may have something worth quite a nice chunk of change!

      Keep on looking, Alex!

  11. Hi, Alex —

    We’d need to weigh this to know whether or not it was struck on a 40% silver planchet. If it is a 40% silver off-metal error (which is possible for a 1974 quarter, as that was the first year 40% silver Bicentennial quarters were test-struck) the coin would weigh about 5.75 grams.

    Good luck!

  12. Hi Josh!

    To tell you that your wide knowledge motivated me to research all my coins and the new ones i got on the run these past years. As they are quite a few coins would like to start with the best coins “i think” that they worth something, please let me know which of them you want me to upload pics… thanks a lot for your kind help! All coins where checked with a 10X magnifier glass (jewelry one).

    – US$1 Sacagawea 2000-D and 2001- P silver clad planchet. S.B.A i think (not golden, quarter alike). Weight around 7 grs. (scale didnt have decimal, will have to buy a new one),
    – US$1 Sacagawea 2010-P “great law of peace”, weight around 8 grs. Interesting thing is that is a “wood grain dolar”, well in my novice opinion. It has mixed alloys. Vertical yellow/green stripes.
    – US$1 Franklin Peace, 2010-P brown color… dunno about this one,..
    – Then, 1982 and 1980 US$1 cent wood grain and tiger wood grain (late years not that common as i read).

    This one called my attention:
    – US$1 Licoln cent 1995 no date. It has huge Double Die in both sides, Date, lettering, monument,etc. Saw common errors but none as brutal as this one. And also has rainbow tonin.

    – Other funny coin is a US$1 wheat cent 1956 that i call “smiling Lincoln” somehow (by woreness) his mouth is laughing. HIs lips are more wide than normal. Heheheh.. maybe is just a coincidence but its very cool.
    – 1 US$ cent, 1969 D, read they are scarce?
    – Other huge Double Die i found was on 1 US$ cent 1989, with doubling in date, RUS, UNI and E CE.
    – A 2001 cent one side brown / other red (one is shiny other mate dark).
    – Other 1990 D cent with doubling on AMERICA y CENT, in obverse it has a crossed line over the bust.
    – And the last one, 1984 that has a dot between lettering, like this “IN GOD . WE TRUST” blue purple tonin.

    Hope its not too long heheh but are very cool findings.. let me know for the pictures on the coins u like the most.

    Thank you!


    1. Hello, Rodrigo!!

      I really appreciate those kind words. I am so glad you’ve found the hobby so interesting and that you’re making so many neat finds.

      Definitely, if you can buy a scale with at least tenth ounce measurements (and preferably hundredths) that would greatly help you in potentially finding off-metal varieties.

      You’re correct that the wood grain toning on Lincoln cents is very uncommon in more recent decades and essentially non-existent on the zinc-based cents made since 1982. Wood grain toning comes from irregularities in the composition mixture of the bronze alloy. The more common composition irregularities concerning the zinc cents is bubbling caused by poor bonding of the copper plating on the zinc core.

      I would love to see a photo of the 1995 cent. I think the doubling you describe is machine doubling due to the fact that you’re finding it across much of the coin, but I’ll still be curious in verifying with a photo. I’d also love to please see the 1989 cent. Finally, I’ve GOT to see that 1956 “Smiling Lincoln cent” for kicks!

      Have a great day!

      1. This one noticed that has doubling also, the 1980 wood grain.
        – Check the left top of building and rim.
        – Check between ear and aye there seems to appear a double ear??? weird… just noticed in this pictures
        – Inside the columns of the building theres doubling also.

        1. Rodrigo —

          This is a really beautiful wood-tone cent… While worth copper value (about 2 cents), I think this one should be kept aside and saved. You don’t see many from this era (late ’70s/early ’80s).


          1. thank you!! its special indeed… please check the strange mark between the ear and the fore head… is it double ear?? check it with zoom.

      2. The “smilimg Lincoln” lol.. looks more like the “stoned Lincoln” ahhahaa.. check it with ur left eye closed … theres something not common in the look and mouth… or maybe is nothing… check it out!

      3. The 1989… maybe machine doubling

        1. Hmm.. I’m not sure about this one. In the photo, it looks normal but maybe I’m missing something…

          1. it has doubling on both 9 in date. Also in E CE and UNI have the letter extension touching the rim.. mybe its also machine doubling

          2. It’s hard to say here… I can’t really tell in the photo very well those details. Hmm…

      4. Now here 2 more error coins with doubling, wrong planchet (clad) and print is a mess, some parts high relief other are missing letters, check them out by urself 😀 specially the 2001 P, let me know if we got a winner here..

        The 2001 P has the mint mark wrong and on reverse lettering is missing…

        1. Hey, Rodrigo —

          This piece would require some testing to verify its metallic composition but what stand out to me about this piece is how well-worn it is. You don’t often come across Sacagawea dollars with this state of wear — probably the equivalent of a “Very Good.” This is really cool. I do hope you can get the coin tested for its metallic profile for possible off-metal error!

          Best wishes,

          1. i knew something was wrong… i ll try to buy a 100Th scale to weight it and tell you what about them.

          2. DEar Josh!

            Long time m8! hope u had a nice xmas and started a nice new year :D! Ok, finally got my 0.01 gr scale and guess what… both Sacagaewa 2000 D and 2001 P are way out of 8.1 g , we got 7.81 and 7.74 so i guess was metal lost by circulation right?, also they look like silver plated, maybe they lost the patina.. here some pics :D– the sacagaewa posted below long time ago, blue eyes, weight 8.03g


          3. Hi, Rodrigo!

            It’s great to hear from you! Yes, that new gram scale will be very useful in properly identifying and helping to authenticate your coins. Congrats!

            Your Sacajawea dollars are showing lower weights due mainly to circulation wear, and the odd coloration is normal for those coins… As it turns out, Sac dollars don’t always age very well and turn a wide variety of dark colors, in part because of the coin’s manganese content. Your pieces are worth face value in their condition, but I totally see why they caught your eye!

            I wish you all the best in your coin-finding adventures and hope to hear from you again soon!


          4. Thanks for info Josh! great explanation 😀 IM buying now certified coins and mint sets, checking NGC and PGCS coins prices and scarcity, etc. I got serious heheheheh! Glad to hear from you! Vibes!

          5. Hi, Ro —

            I’m glad to hear you’re going all in with numismatics — I’m excited for you! You know where to go if you have any coin questions!

            All my best,

      5. Hi JOsh!!

        Thanks for soon reply! Will upload the pics in different replies, tried the best i could for quality, hope you like em.

        – 1995 doubling everywhere. Check the ear… to the right .. is that a double ear?

        1. Hey, Rodrigo —

          This is machine doubling, which occurs not because of a double image imparted by the hub when making the die (what makes a doubled die), but by reverb or planchet slide when the die hit the planchet. These aren’t really worth anything extra but are still great to hang on to.

          Cool find,

          1. still is hard to me to know which is DDie and D machine… 😀 will save it for sure.. tonin is amazing 😀

          2. Rodrigo,

            This article may help:

            Good luck,

          3. Thank You Very Much for your time and explanations, now i understand a lot more of this awesome hobby. Will see if i have another US$ error on quarters, dimes and nickels… lot of work 😀 i do have 2 barbers and 1 V Cent 1911.. saving them they raising value every year. I bought a silver coin 2 Reales from Bolivia 1803 but never saw any coin on sale or collection… do you know something about it?

          4. Hi, Rodrigo —

            Unfortunately, I’m not very well versed in 19th-century Bolivian coins, but it sounds like a neat coin nevertheless!

            I love your enthusiasm for the hobby and hope you keep making many awesome finds!


      6. Have you heard about a BLUE EYE Sacagawea “The Great Law Of Peace”? and also wood grain or wrong alloy… and the struck is a must see… awesome! …. look in another type of pic the struck of the mouth, weird… i love this coin is BEAUTIFUL and unique i guess.. it has an error of different dyes or dye mixing gave this blue eye jem… look for doubling in “IN GOD WE TRUST” in the dark pic, the angle allows to see it..

          1. thank you! so beautiful tonin! it is normal that have that color and deep struck?

          2. Hey, Rodrigo —

            Yes, these coins do tone dark when circulated, so it’s normal from that standpoint. What’s abnormal is that few of these coins really ever circulated, so they’re not often encountered in these colors. Interesting!


      7. Hi Josh!

        I found this brown IKE in Cuzco, Perú like 10 years ago. As it very worn cant see if its a type 2 or 3… can u help me out if it worth keeping it?

        1. Wow, Rodrigo —

          One doesn’t see many Ike dollars with this state of wear and deterioration! The brown color is definitely a chemical reaction to the coin’s environment. I’ve seen similar discoloration on dimes and quarters that are found underground. The pitting is porosity caused by either weather exposure or perhaps exposure to sulfur fumes. It’s hard to say for sure.

          The coin is worth its face value from the monetary standpoint, though you might want to keep it as a cool trophy!

          Neat coin,

          1. yeah!! the old lady told me this was found in a roof house in Cuzco… it was indeed exposed to hard weather (sun rain sun rain, dirt, etc… wonder how it survived lol… )– 🙂

      8. is this eagle eye normal?

        1. Hi Rodrigo,

          I’ve seen wear patterns like this on the quarter; I’m actually not sure if this is common or something unusual, but I’ve seen it before.


          1. Hi Josh!

            It is indeed from a Barber Quarter 1902 O, i uploaded the pics but they are pending from approval…

          2. Hi, Rodrigo —

            Yes, if that’s from the 1902-O Barber quarter (or any from that Barber series), then it appears normal.

            Nice find,

      9. Dear Josh,

        As i read the article that you provided to me about DD, this error on a 1958 D silver quarter brought my attention. The letter E on STATES has a strange curve that its not normal.

        If i learned something… this is graded Extremely Fine?

        1. saw this also… interesting…

          1. Hi! look the letter E has an extra die in the bottom and maybe T… it should be same issue as the reverse DD. Maybe its nothing…

        2. Hey, Rodrigo —

          That “E” is unusual… It has a hook of some sort. This might be caused by a tooling error or possibly die wear. It’s hard to say for certain. While it might check out as post-Mint damage, I lean more toward this being a die issue. It might be worth having attributed by a variety expert like John Wexler (

          Cool find!

    2. One note – SBA dollars were clad in cupronickel (75% Cu, 25% Ni) rather than silver. Unfortunately both Anthony and so-called “golden” (brass) US$1 coins weigh the same amount – 8.1 gm – so weight alone can’t distinguish them. However the fact that your suspected off-metal piece comes in at ~7 gm makes me wonder if it’s either an altered piece of a fake.

      1. Hiya Hammond!

        My scale sucked, not recommended for decimal it rounds the weight to 7 or 8… its just a regular dollar, checked already. Thanks for answering!


        1. Check this Blue eyes dollar, beautiful 😀

  13. I would like to know what the possible value of Sacagawea dollars are that have no date printed on the coin at all. Neither the front or back. Thank you.

      1. Yes, Sharon, as Rodrigo says, the date is stamped on the edge of the coin.

        Best wishes,

    1. Thank you Rio for that information. Is there a certain year these coins were produced? The date seems to be worn off and is not readable. Thank you again for your help. I am a novice in this situation.

  14. Currently i have the sacagawea 2000 dollar if anyone is interested you can contact me on my E-mail :[email protected]

    1. Hi Nehla, over a billion 2000-date Sacagawea dollars were minted. Sorry to say, any of them found in change are only worth face value.

  15. Josh, hi. I’ve been busy looking at pennies, but I just went through some of the sacagawea dollars today. I think this one may be the ‘Wounded Eagle’ one. Can you verify from the pics?

  16. Another reason that the coin failed to circulate is that the US, unlike most other major countries, doesn’t have an effectively-circulating $2 bill or coin. Without ready access to $2 bills/coins, consumers would be forced to receive up to 4 dollar coins in change. I.e. the dreaded “pockets full of dollar coins” scenario often cited by naysayers would be reality.

    If the Treasury were to order production of a modernized $2 bill at the same time the $1 bill was withdrawn, it would be rare to ever receive more than a single coin in change. This has been my experience during visits to other countries where a $2 denomination (or its equivalent) is a common part of their currency.

    In addition people who are wedded to their “foldin’ money” would still have their bills, while at the same time the BEP could cut almost 25% of its current production – a win for us taxpayers.

    1. Hey, Rocky!

      I’d love to help you, but unfortunately I don’t have any expertise in ancient coins. One great place for asking about ancients like yours is the Ancient Coin Forum:

      Hoping you can find some expert help there!

      Good luck!

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