15 Rarest and Most Valuable Sacagawea Coins Worth Money

In this article, learn about 15 of the rarest Sacagawea dollars. The Sacagawea dollar which is also known as the golden dollar is a United States coin that was introduced in the year 2000. The American public didn’t like this dollar so it wasn’t produced for circulation.

But you are a coin collector, and someone in search of a good deal when it comes to rare coins so you do not really mind that most people don’t fancy this otherwise beautiful coin.

The Sacagawea dollar has now attained a status of high value in the realm of antique coins. Folks are now making some fortune off caches of it. If you are curious as to how much these dollars are worth, look no further. The chart below lays it bare for all.

No
Sacagawea Dollar
Grade
Price Sold
1
2000-P Sacagawea Dollar (Reg Strike)
MS 69
$117,500
2
2000-P Sacagawea Dollar Mule
MS 66
$192,000
3
2000-P Sacagawea Dollar Cheerios Dollar
MS 68
$10,200
4
2000-P Sacagawea Dollar Wounded Eagle
MS 68
$1,800
5
2000-P Goodacre Presentation Sacagawea Dollar
MS 68
$925
6
2001-D Sacagawea Dollar
MS 68
$546
7
2002-P Sacagawea Dollar
MS 69
$3,738
8
2002-D Sacagawea Dollar
MS 66
$8,050
9
2003-P Sacagawea Dollar
MS 69
$4,313
10
2003-D Sacagawea Dollar
MS 68
$805
11
2004-P Sacagawea Dollar
MS 69
$1,898
12
2004-D Sacagawea Dollar
MS 69
$4,465
13
2005-P Sacagawea Dollar
MS 69
$7,637.50
14
2005-D Sacagawea Dollar
MS 68
$1,650
15
2006-P Sacagawea Dollar
MS 68
$1,028

1. 2000-P Sacagawea Dollar

Grade: MS 69

Price: $117,500

2000-P Sacagawea Dollar

The year 2000 was the first year the Sacagawea dollar would be issued. The US mints were under the impression that given the golden color of the dollar, the public would love and embrace it. Their hopes were dashed though. 760 million coins were struck with a mint mark.

By the end of that year, the treasury was convinced they had miscalculated the public’s opinion. Banks kept inventory, institutions held onto most, and just a few were let out to the public.

If you have one of these coins from 2000 you would be one of those who have a Sacagawea dollar-graded MS 69. The reason is the coins never went around much in public so most retain their luster. This one sold on Stacks/Bowers in 2014 for more than a hundred thousand dollars.

2. 2000-P Sacagawea Dollar Mule

Grade: MS 66

Price: $192,000

2000-P Sacagawea Dollar Mule

Here is a rare Sacagawea dollar with an unusual feature that made it so valuable when it was sold. Instead of the Sacagawea obverse what you have is the image of George Washington. This is a specimen showing a muling of a die pair.

Mules are coins that are struck using two dies that are supposed to be used for two different coins. This type of error is the collectors’ prize. Mints deliberately strike coins like this to create a special specimen. But the ones created by accident are the rarest of the lot. These days, muling errors are even rarer because of the advancement in technology which makes errors of this kind almost impossible.

This muling of the statehood coin and the Sacagawea dollar in 2000 is an example of those rare occasions when the numismatic world is blessed with a fortuitous mistake. Stacks/Bowers sold this in 2018 for $192,000.

3. 2000-P Sacagawea Dollar Cheerios Dollar

Grade: MS 68

Price: $10,200

2000-P Sacagawea Dollar Cheerios Dollar

You can tell a Sacagawea Cheerios Dollar by the veins on the tail of the eagle featured on the reverse of the coin. This detail is missing in the proof and uncirculated specimens. This coin is rated 14th among the 100 greatest modern coins in the US. Only 5,500 of the coin was produced for promotion for General Mills.

General Mills promoted the Sacagawea coin by placing 5,500 of it inside the 2000th box of Cheerios and in 2005 a collector by the name of Tom DeLorey noticed a design detail on the reverse of the coins which was the veins in the eagle’s tail. This set off a hunt by collectors who wanted to find more coins that had this little detail.

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Years later only a few of these Cheerios coins with the detail on the eagle’s tail have been found. The coins continue to be called Cheerios Dollar and this example sold on Heritage Auctions in 2020 for $10,200.

4. 2000-P Sacagawea Dollar Wounded Eagle

Grade: MS 68

Price: $1,800

2000-P Sacagawea Dollar Wounded Eagle

This is a rare rendering of the Sacagawea dollar with a little error detail on the chest of the eagle on the reverse of the coin. It got the name Wounded Eagle from the die cut that runs across the chest of the eagle. It looks like a spear went through the bird there as seen in the image below: The specimen was sold on eBay in 2020 for $1,800.

5. 2000-P Goodacre Presentation Sacagawea Dollar

Grade: MS 68

Price: $925

2000-P Goodacre Presentation Sacagawea Dollar

This presentation Sacagawea was one of the several recorded sales that happened on eBay between June and December 2018. The coin features the signature of the 35th US mind director Philip N Diehl.

The reverse on the coins was designed by Thomas Rogers. Following the year 2009 however, the mint decided to focus on featuring elements from native American culture. Every year they would change the reverse design to depict something from the native American tradition.

6. 2001-D Sacagawea Dollar

Grade: MS 68

Price: $546

2001-D Sacagawea Dollar

PCGS graded this Sacagawea Dollar at MS 68 because it was well preserved. The luster appeals to the eyes. It is a rare example from the Denver mint. It was sold on Heritage Auctions in 2011. In 2001 the Denver mint produced more than 70 million of this dollar. It featured all the design particulars of the Sacagawea Dollar.

7. 2002-P Sacagawea Dollar

Grade: MS 69

Price: $3,738

2002-P Sacagawea Dollar

This 2002 Sacagawea Dollar was produced by the Philadelphia mint in that year. According to PCGS, there are only 20 examples of the 2001-P Sacagawea dollar in the MS 69 grade. This one features a light yellow surface with flawless details that are hard to come by in lower grades. This one went on sale on July 8, 2011, at Heritage Auctions.

8. 2002-D Sacagawea Dollar

Grade: MS 66

Price: $8,050

2002-D Sacagawea Dollar

This 2002-D Sacagawea dollar is an exceptional example. It was struck on a quarter planchet making an error coin with value, a rarity. It is difficult to spot the error because the planchet is the same size as the Sacagawea dollar planchet. Still, a close look reveals that there’s a color difference; a brilliant light gray in the detail and a general luster that you can’t miss. This remarkable coin was sold on January 10, 2009, on Heritage Auctions for $8,050.

9. 2003-P Sacagawea Dollar

Grade: MS 69

Price: $4,313

2003-P Sacagawea Dollar

This rare Sacagawea dollar is from the Philadelphia mint production of 2003. It is one of the 23 coins of that type graded MS 69. According to PCGS, there’s no coin finer in that grade than this one.

The color of this one is a pale yellow that gives off a shine that catches the eye. It had been well preserved in its mint state. More than 3 million of these coins were produced in 2003 and most of them are still in the public’s hands in different circulated conditions. This one sold on Heritage Auctions in 2011 for more than four thousand dollars.

10. 2003-D Sacagawea Dollar

Grade: MS68

Price: $805

2003-D Sacagawea Dollar

Compared to other coins in the series 2003-D has a low mintage of a little over 3 million coins minted. They are not so rare for this reason. You may find coins in MS 67 grades. But those in MS 68 are pretty rare to come by. And grades that are higher are almost nonexistent. This example was sold on Heritage Auctions in 2011 for $805.

11. 2004-P Sacagawea Dollar

Grade: MS69

Price: $1,898

2004-P Sacagawea Dollar

The 2004 mintage from the Philadelphia mint is the third lowest in the regular strike series. Only 2,660,000 coins were struck. This example was sold in 2007 by David Lawrence RC. This specimen was graded MS 69 and sold for $1,898. It maintains almost all its luster and the slightly yellow color remains very attractive to the eyes.

12. 2004-D Sacagawea Dollar

Grade: MS69

Price: $4,465

2004-D Sacagawea Dollar

This is the finest example offered by Heritage Auctions in such a high grade. And PCGS has seen only eight submissions of the 2004 D Sacagawea dollar. This specimen shows a rose-gold color that makes the coin really desirable to the eyes. It constitutes an example of one of those coins collectors seek out and pay top dollar for.

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13. 2005-P Sacagawea Dollar

Grade: MS 69

Price: $7,637.50

2005-P Sacagawea Dollar

The rarity of this coin is in the grade. It is rare to find the 2005-P in MS69. This is true even though 2.5 million of these coins were produced in the Philadelphia mint. This specimen here is the only known one in this grade. It is so good that upon examination no flaws are found. This example was sold on January 5, 2017, by Heritage Auctions.

14. 2005-D Sacagawea Dollar

Grade: MS 68

Price: $1,650

2005-D Sacagawea Dollar

Like the production in the Philadelphia mint, this one made in the Denver mint also had a low mintage of 2,520,000 coins. This specimen sold on eBay for $1,650 in 2013. It was graded MS 68 one level short of a perfect coin which makes it a rarity and a collector’s favorite buy.

15. 2006-P Sacagawea Dollar

Grade: MS 68

Price: $1,028

2006-P Sacagawea Dollar

The coins from 2006 are super rare in the MS 68 grade. Only less than 12 of them are known to exist in this grade. You can find the 2006-P in other grades up to MS 64. MS 67 is very scarce too. This specimen was sold on Heritage Auctions in 2017 for $1,028.

Sacagawea Dollar History

The Sacagawea dollar was introduced in the year 2000 but would not be produced for public circulation between 2002 and 2008. And also from 2012, it could not be produced for the public because demand for the one-dollar coin was low.

The Sacagawea dollar has a peculiar color like gold because of the manganese brass outer layer. The design of the obverse was prepared by Glenna Goodacre. The reverse featured an eagle design by Thomas Rogers from 2000 to 2008.

The need for the Sacagawea dollar arose when the treasury thought they needed to replace the Susan B Anthony dollar which too was unpopular with the public. The decision was also to have the statue of liberty as the main design on the dollar. Instead, they settled on Sacagawea, the Shoshone guide who helped Lewis and Clark cross the territories in the Expedition.

To make the public accept the Sacagawea dollar, it was marketed aggressively with radio, television ads, and partnerships with supermarket giant Walmart, and Cheerios. The mint even employed a gimmick where George Washington was seen in an ad using the coin to access toll booths and video arcades.

The efforts didn’t yield the desired result as the public still didn’t accept the Sacagawea coin. The mints would continue to produce the Sacagawea dollar alongside the presidential dollars with George Washington’s image on the obverse. Large piles of unused coins would cause the mint to eventually tone down production in 2012 by over 90%.

More efforts to make the public accept the coins were pursued as the mint sought to produce coins with 22-karat gold but the idea was quickly dropped.

To make the design for the Sacagawea dollar, invitations were sent out to 23 artists. The assignment was to depict the obverse of the coin with Sacagawea and on the reverse an image of the eagle. Three obverse and four reverse designs were settled upon finally. This result was sent to the United States Commission of Fine Arts.

Glenna Goodacre’s design of the obverse with Sacagawea and her son Jean Baptiste Charbonneau was chosen. The infant was modeled after a one-year-old boy named Adam Scholz. The reverse design that was chosen was made by Thomas D Rogers and depicts a soaring eagle.

Since 2009 till date, the Sacagawea dollar has seen design changes to celebrate the contribution of the Indian tribe to the history of the United States.

How Much Is The Sacagawea Dollar Worth?

The Sacagawea dollar has two major series: the ones produced from 2000 to 2008 also called the golden coins and those from 2009 to date that celebrates the contribution of native Indians to the United States history and development.

In brilliant uncirculated condition (MS65) the 2000P Sacagawea dollar is worth $5.70, and the 2000P presentation dollar is worth $753 in brilliant uncirculated condition. The 2000P Cheerios Dollar is worth $2,814 in brilliant uncirculated condition.

For a more detailed and clearer price breakdown, see the chart below.

Sacagawea Dollar Value Chart: 2000-2008

Year
Grade
Price
2000-P
MS 65
$5.70
2000-P Goodacre Presentation Sacagawea dollar
MS 65
$753
2000-P Cheerios Dollar
MS 65
$2,814
2000-D
MS 65
$9.14
2000-S
PR 65
$13
2001-P
MS 65
$4.52
2001-D
MS 65
$4.52
2001-S
PR 65
$20
2002-P
MS 65
$4.52
2002-D
MS 65
$4.52
2002-S
PR 65
$20
2003-P
MS 65
$5.70
2003-D
MS 65
$5.70
2003-S
PR 65
$18
2004-P
MS 65
$4.52
2004-D
MS 65
$4.52
2004-S
PR 65
$18
2005-P
MS 65
$11
2005-D
MS 65
$11
2005-S
PR 65
$17
2006-P
MS 65
$4.52
2006-D
MS 65
$4.52
2006-S
PR 65
$17
2007-P
MS 65
$5.70
2007-D
MS 65
$5.70
2007-S
PR 65
$17
2008-P
MS 65
$5.70
2008-D
MS 65
$5.70
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Selected Sacagawea Dollar: Native American Series Value Chart

Year
Grade
Price
2009-P Spread of Three Sisters Agriculture
MS 65
$5.70
2009-D Spread of Three Sisters Agriculture
MS 65
$5.70
2009-S Spread of Three Sisters Agriculture
PR 65
$11
2010-P Great Law of Peace
MS 65
$5.70
2010-D Great Law of Peace
MS 65
$5.70
2010-S Great Law of Peace Proof
PR 65
$11
2011-P Wampanoag Treaty 1621
MS 65
$5.70
2011-D Wampanoag Treaty 1621
MS 65
$5.70
2011-S Wampanoag Treaty 1621 Proof
PR 65
$17

Frequently Asked Questions

Which Sacagawea Dollars are worth the most money?

The Sacagawea dollars that are worth the most money are the following: the 2000-P which is worth $2,500, the 2000-P Cheerios, worth $2,400, the 2000-P Liberty Gold Color worth $1,500. Also, the 2000-P Presentation is worth $1,040, 2000-P Goodacre Presentation is worth $950, and the Sacagawea 2000-P Wounded Eagle is worth $824.

How do I know if I have a rare Sacagawea coin?

With some research, you can find out if you have a rare Sacagawea dollar. If you have a 2000-P with an enhanced tail. on the eagle found on the reverse, then you likely have a Cheerios Dollar. These were Sacagawea dollars used for promotional purposes when they were put in Cheerios boxes.

You are not likely to find the 2000-P Goodacre Presentation coin in circulation because it was used as a payment method to designer Glenna Goodacre. These ones feature a special strike too. They are very rare.

If you find a Sacagawea coin from 2000 and the eagle on the reverse has a raised point in the chest that looks like a spear run through it, then you have a Wounded Eagle. Only about 100 of these coins are known to exist. If you have one of them, you can make a fortune.

What Is The Error On The 2000 Sacagawea Coin

The 2000 Washington mule is an error coin for the Sacagawea dollar. This error occurred when a Sacagawea coin was struck on a Washington dollar planchet. It has the obverse of a Washington dollar and the reverse of a Sacagawea dollar.

What is a Cheerios Sacagawea dollar?

General Mills made Cheerios. They would place 5,500 Sacagawea dollars in the 2000th box for whoever bought that particular box of Cheerios to find. These coins had a special detail in the tail of the eagle on the reverse.

Are all 2000-P Sacagawea coins valuable?

If you find them in loose change, they are worth only their face value. In original rolls, they were worth $30 each.

Which presidential dollar coins are rare?

Rare presidential dollars include the following:

  • The Blank Washington planchet
  • The missing clad
  • The John Adams plain edge, overlaps, and inverted run
  • The Thomas Jefferson presidential coins
  • First-day issue Lincolns
  • The Godless dollars

Is there a Sacagawea coin without a date?

Yes, the Sacagawea coins from 2009 feature native American tradition. They didn’t feature dates or mint marks.

How much is the Great Law of Peace worth?

This is a Sacagawea coin made in 2010. In circulated condition, it is worth from  $1.05 to $1.35. It is worth $30 in uncirculated condition. This dollar features the native American tradition on the reverse design.

Final Thoughts

When the Sacagawea dollar began its life in the year 2000, it grew into a long line of family trees that extends into the present time. Though the mints tried to make the public love the coins, only collectors now seek them for the coin’s rareness and for the Native American sentiments around it.

According to a United States senator, Phil Gramm, the mint issued Sacagawea coins that met the requests of vending machines instead of the public who were the consumers, a mistake that was made with the Susan B Anthony dollars. One thing’s for sure though, in other quarters, like among expert collectors, the Sacagawea dollar would still continue to have value.

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