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SACAGAWEA DOLLAR
(2007-09-05)
(wgvu) - CONGRESS APPROVED A REDESIGN OF THE SACAGAWEA
DOLLAR, IN HOPES OF GETTING MORE CONSUMERS
AND BUSINESSES TO USE THE GOLD-COLORED DOLLAR.
THE LEGISLATION PASSED BY VOICE VOTE IN THE HOUSE AND WAS SENT
TO PRESIDENT BUSH FOR HIS SIGNATURE.
MICHIGAN DEMOCRATIC REPRESENTATIVE DALE KILDEE SPONSORED THE
BILL.
THE COIN HONORS THE YOUNG SHOSHONE WOMAN WHO HELPED LEWIS AND
CLARK ON THEIR TREK TO THE PACIFIC OCEAN MORE THAN 200 YEARS.
NEW EDITIONS OF THE COIN WILL COME OUT IN 2009. THE NEW COINS
WILL CONTINUE TO DEPICT SACAGAWEA AND HER CHILD, BUT THEY WILL
FEATURE SCENES ON THE REVERSE SIDE, CHANGED ANNUALLY, COMMEMORATING
THE ACHIEVEMENTS OF OTHER AMERICAN INDIANS AND INDIAN TRIBES.
THE SACAGAWEA DOLLAR WAS FIRST MINTED IN 2000 TO REPLACE THE
SUSAN B. ANTHONY DOLLAR COIN. BUT LIKE ITS PREDECESSOR, IT FAILED
TO WIN PUBLIC ACCEPTANCE. TODAY IT'S PRODUCED ONLY FOR SALE TO
COLLECTORS.

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