Mary Golda Ross, the first female Native American engineer, is once again honored for her contributions. In August, Google commemorated the Cherokee visionary who helped develop the technology that gave birth to the American space program. In 2019, Ross’ image will be engraved on U.S. currency.
The 2019 Native American $1 Coin depicts the renowned writing calculations. Behind her, an Atlas-Agena rocket launches into space, with an equation inscribed in its cloud.
An astronaut, symbolic of Native American astronauts, including John Herrington, spacewalks above. In the field behind, a group of stars indicates outer space.
The obverse (heads) of the Native American $1 Coin will continue to feature the central figure “Sacagawea” carrying her infant son, Jean Baptiste, by sculptor Glenna Goodacre. Inscriptions are “LIBERTY” and “IN GOD WE TRUST.” The year, mint mark, and “E PLURIBUS UNUM” are incused on the edge of the coin.
The United States Mint officially unveiled the reverse (tails side) design for the 2019 Native American $1 Coin in the 2018 winter issue of the National Museum of the American Indian’s quarterly magazine.
The Native American $1 Coin Program recognizes the important contributions made by Native American tribes and individual Native Americans to the history and development of the United States. The public law 110-82 mandates that a reverse design, with an image emblematic of one important Native American or Native American contribution, be issued at a rate of once a year.
Social media has flooded with praise for the choice to feature Mary Golda Ross. Among the many posts, Deb Haaland, New Mexico’s first Native American congresswoman, and a member of the Pueblo of Laguna, Tweeted the following: