Value of Sacagawea Dollar
The year 2000 brought with it the latest hyped up news over the release of the gold Sacagawea dollar coin for public circulation. These golden dollar coins were to become the new standard for the United States dollar, effectively reducing the need to print short-lived and costly One Dollar paper bills.
Unfortunately for the Sacagawea dollar, there's not any actual gold in its composition, and unless you use parking meters, you're not very likely to to encounter these coins in circulation. Simply put, these dollar coins have never captured the attention of the American public, and so the paper dollar prevails. Although, these dollar coins haven't caught on in circulation, they have been able to create a buzz among coin collectors. In this article, learn the Sacagawea dollar value and a little on the history of this unpopular coin.
History of the Sacagawea Dollar:
- With the popularity of the 1999 reemergence of the Susan B. Anthony dollar, the US Mint sought to replace it with a new dollar coin design. In 2000, the Sacagawea Dollar was released for public circulation.
- The obverse portrait features Sacagawea carrying her young infant, Jean Baptiste. Glenna Goodacre, the designer of the Sacagawea Portrait, won the honors through a national art contest. The reverse of the coin features an eagle flying and was designed by the Mint’s engraver, Thomas D. Rodgers Sr.
- In 2000, as payment for the obverse design, the Mint awarded Goodacre with 5,000 Sacagawea Dollars with a special finish. These have been come to known as the Goodacre Presentation Finish dollars and are very rare.
- 2009-2011 Has brought three new Reverse designs to the Sacagawea dollar. They are the Three Sisters Agriculture (2009), Great Tree of Peace(2010), and Treaties with Tribal Nations (2011).
- Legislation passed in December 2011, called for the halt of Sacagawea dollar production. It is likely a small number will be produced only for collectors in coming years.
Composition and Melt Value:
Weight – 8.1 Grams
Metal Composition – 88.5% Copper, 6% Zinc, 3.5% Manganese, 2% Nickel.
Melt Value – $0.07
Value of Sacagawea Dollars:
At the current moment in time, Sacagawea dollar values remain fairly low. The high value coins lie in the Mule and Goodacre dollars, but the numbers of these coins are minute to the overall total produced. Don't let that get you down though. Regular minted coins produced at the Denver and Philadelphia mints, during the years 2001-2008, were done so with much lower mintage numbers. This alone could translate to increased future pressure on these coins, and subsequently increased values for coins produced during these years. I suppose only time will tell. For now, here are the current Sacagawea dollar values:
The "Mule" Error
The controversial error depicts a state quarter die on a Sacagawea Dollar.Only ten are known to exist and have sold for prices around $75,000.
- 2000 – Valued at $3
- 2000D – Valued at $3
- 2000 – Goodacre Finish. Valued at $5,000+
- 2001 – Valued at $5
- 2001D – Valued at $5
- 2002 – 2011 Valued at $3
- 2002D-2011D Valued at $3
Proof Coins average $15-20, with the 2001S Proof worth $90 in PF-65.
Even with the recent suspension of the Sacagawea dollar production, the future could still be very bright. If the mint ever decided to melt down its current stockpile of millions of dollar coins, the ones currently possessed by collectors could ride a massive value increase! Again, only time hold the fate of these dollar coins though. Thank you for reading my article on Sacagawea dollar values.
If you're interested in finding out the values for other American coinage, have a glance through some of my other great articles below:
- Morgan Dollar Values
- Silver Peace Dollars
- Values for Eisenhower Dollars
- Susan B Anthony Dollar Value
- Presidential Dollars
- US Penny Values
- US Nickel Values
- US Dime Values
- US Quarter Values
- US Half Dollar Values
firstname.lastname@example.org on June 20, 2020:
We have a scagewa and 5 ruppes paper note
Laurie Nixon on September 19, 2017:
Can anyone show a photo of the 2000 Sacagawea Dollars with the Goodacre Finish and email it to me please?
Thomas McReynolds on March 22, 2017:
YI have a 1953 Quarter I sent to ICG for mint error. The lady told me to wright down what they should look for I put a note in with it that it had a S in the wreath on Rev the first leaf on the right has a S in the leaf. I took it to every coin shop around and they said you would have to be blind not to see it. But the grader sent me note saying it was a scratch what he was talking about nowhere near the leaf. I sent them a picture close up and they wanted it sent back they had made a mistake I said no they were so rude give me a VF40 and then put my money back in my account but won't put a price on it.
Zach (author) from Colorado on February 29, 2012:
markatie - Thanks for stopping by to read. If you do in fact have a wounded eagle coin, it could be worth quite a bit! I just looked on eBay and saw one for auction with a price already over $300. The other coins most likely are only worth a dollar. As for the P and D, it describes the mint in which the coin was minted at (Philadelphia & Denver). It would be really something if you have a wounded eagle error!
markatie on February 26, 2012:
Wow !!I Have like 4 coins of the sacagawea with the eagle on the back ,i think one has a wounded eagle , 2 of them have the letter P,the others have D !? So ,they're worth 3 dollars ?