Announcing the Winning Design for NGC's Sacagawea Dollar 20th Anniversary Label

Posted on 2/11/2020

More than 1,200 votes were cast to choose the best of four options. Note: This article has been updated to reflect that the 2020 coin's issue date is Feb. 12, 2020. To learn how to get the new NGC label for free, see the “Submission Instructions” section of this article.

The winning design for NGC's 20th Anniversary Sacagawea Dollar Label.
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Casting more than 1,200 votes, the numismatic community has selected a winning design for an NGC label celebrating 2020's 20th anniversary of the Sacagawea Dollar.

A decisive 45% of the voters preferred Option 2, a painted portrait of the Shoshone teen guide for the Lewis and Clark Expedition with an eagle overhead.

Second and third place, with 26% and 24%, respectively, were Option 4, a portrait of Sacagawea pointing in the forest, and Option 3, a portrait taken from the coin.

The distant 4th place finish was a design nearly identical to the winner — except without an eagle.

Voting began November 15, 2019, and ended December 15.

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The new labels will be available for free for all NGC Collectors Society members and NGC Authorized Dealers for 2020 Sacagawea Dollars submitted in 2020. (Regular grading fees will apply.) Not an NGC Collectors Society member? Paid memberships start at just $25/year. Join today!

The Sacagawea Dollar has been minted every year since it was introduced in 2000. More than a billion Sacagawea Dollars were minted in its inaugural year.

Since 2009, the reverse has been updated annually with a design related to Native American contributions to US history. The portrait on the obverse has remained constant for 20 years: Sacagawea glancing over her shoulder with her infant son, Jean Baptiste.

The theme of the 2020 Native American $1 Coin design is Elizabeth Peratrovich and Alaska’s Anti-Discrimination Law, which in 1945 became the first anti-discrimination law in the United States. The coin's reverse design features a portrait of Peratrovich, whose advocacy was considered a deciding factor in the passage of the 1945 Anti-Discrimination Law. The foreground features a symbol of the Tlingit Raven moiety, of which she was a member.

All of the Native American coins are notable for their golden color, a result of an alloy of 88.5 copper, 6% zinc, 3.5% manganese and 2% nickel.

Submission Instructions

  • Submit 2020 Sacagawea Dollars under the Modern grading tier or higher.
  • All coins submitted must be graded.
  • The NGC Sacagawea Dollar 20th Anniversary Special Label #1368 will be the default label for all 2020 Sacagawea Dollars. This label is not available for Sacagawea Dollars minted in other years.
  • If you would like Mint packaging returned, select the “Return Mint Packaging” box on the NGC Submission Form. The fee is $5 plus the cost of shipping.

The following designations are available for 2020 Sacagawea Dollars:

Designation options Fee Directions
Early Releases +$12 On the US submission form, select Early Releases under Box 7. See cut-off dates here.
First Releases +$12 On the submission form, select First Releases. See cut-off dates here.
(No Designation) Free By default.

The following labels are available for 2020 Sacagawea Dollars:

Label options Fee Directions

NGC Sacagawea Dollar 20th Anniversary Label #1368

By default. (Enter Sacagawea 20th #1368 on your submission form.)

Early Releases #378
Included with fee for Early Releases designation (+$12) Select Early Releases and enter Early Releases #378 on your submission form. Otherwise, Sacagawea 20th Anniversary Label #1368 will be used.

First Releases #379
Included with fee for First Releases designation (+$12) Select First Releases and enter First Releases #379 on your submission form. Otherwise, Sacagawea 20th Anniversary Label #1368 will be used.

NGC Standard Brown #377
Free By request (Enter Standard Brown Label #377 on your submission form.)

Questions? Contact NGC Customer Service at or 1-800-NGC-COIN (1-800-642-2646).

NGC Collectors Society paid members can submit their coins directly to NGC. Not an NGC Collectors Society member? Paid memberships start at just $25/year. Join today!

Bulk submissions

NGC’s First Day of Issue designation and labels are available for select bulk submissions only. To qualify for First Day of Issue, coins must be purchased within one day of the first day that a mint makes a new coin issue available for sale and must be received by NGC or an NGC-approved depository within one week of the release date. NGC will require that the submitter provide adequate evidence (including purchase receipts) to demonstrate the date when the coins were purchased.

For bulk submissions, contact Scott Heller at or 941-360-3990 or Miles Standish at or 949-922-0515.

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