USA: American Native 1 Dollar Coin 2023, Maria Tallchief, Mint D + P

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The 2023 reverse design features Maria Tallchief in balletic pose. Tallchief was America’s first major prima ballerina, and she and her husband, George Balanchine, transformed American classical ballet. In addition to Tallchief, four other American Indian ballerinas from Oklahoma achieved international recognition in the 20th century, including her younger sister Marjorie Tallchief, Yvonne Chouteau, Rosella Hightower, and Moscelyne Larkin. Celebrated as the “Five Moons,” their legacy of achievement and inclusion continues to influence ballet today. A nod to the Five Moons is presented in the lunar motif, while the four ballerinas in the background are symbolic of both Tallchief’s American Indian ballerina contemporaries and the generations of dancers they inspired. Inscriptions are “UNITED STATES OF AMERICA,” “MARIA TALLCHIEF,” “$1,” and “AMERICAN INDIANS IN BALLET.”

The year of minting, mint mark, and inscription “E PLURIBUS UNUM” are incused on the edge of the coins.

SPECIFICATIONSDenomination:$1 CoinFinish:CirculatingComposition:6% zinc, 3.5% manganese, 2% nickel, balance copperWeight:8.100 gramsDiameter:1.043 inches (26.49 mm)Edge:LetteredMint and Mint Mark:Philadelphia – P
Denver – DPrivy Mark:None