ANCHORAGE (KTUU) - A prominent leader in the anti-discrimination movement in Alaska will adorn the new mint of a $1 coin, according to Jonathon Taylor, Deputy Press Secretary for Governor Bill Walker.
In 2020, the new coin will prominently feature a design commemorating Elizabeth Peratrovich and Alaska’s Anti-Discrimination Law. This design, which has not yet been finalized, will come from one of 11 proposed designs and will be placed on the reverse, or "tails side" of the coin.
The obverse, or "heads side" design will retain the “Sacagawea” design, which was first introduced in 2000.
In a news release issued by Walker, he said, “Elizabeth and Roy Peratrovich stood up to fight the unfair, inhumane, and degrading treatment of Alaska Native Peoples, and their efforts towards positive change reverberate to this day.”
“Their words and actions continue to be an inspiration and reminder of the power that all people have to impact their government; this honor is truly deserved,” Walker said.
As for which of the 11 designs will wind up getting the green light, that is not yet known.
Taylor said that, "Of the current panel of options, the 11 options presented, one will be selected that will be very close to the final coin design."
The reason it's not exactly one of these designs, Taylor said, is due to the fact that several details in the images are still being authenticated by officials.
In an email, Betty Birdsong, Acting Director of Legislative and Intergovernmental Affairs, said that the team at the National Mint works closely with the National Museum of the American Indian for historic review of the designs.
"We also reached out to President Peterson, Dr. Rosita Worl, and Ms. Peratrovich’s son, Roy. We intend to continue to ask Dr. Worl to review and provide feedback on the form lines, seen in the raven designs, until she is confident that they are accurate," Birdsong said.