A new date of March 25, 2011 at 10:30 a.m. Eastern Time (ET) has now been set for the $1 coin ceremony to be held at the Henry Hornblower II Visitor Center on Plimoth Plantation in Plymouth, Massachusetts. This is the same location that the original celebration was to be held at.
The Mint was forced to postpone that original function owing to winter snowstorms that plagued the area that week. It had originally been planned for January 12, 2011.
Those who attend will be in for a unique time. The Plimoth Plantation is considered a living museum where costume role players assume the "lives" of actual 17th century residents of the Plymouth Colony. Some of these original residents went on to become the Pilgrims that every American school child is taught about.
The location is particularly fitting for the release as the reverse of the coin is emblematic of an event that is said to have taken place at the colony. It was here that the first formal written peace alliance between the Wampanoag tribe and the European settlers is said to have been agreed upon.
To signify that event, the reverse of the coin shows the hands of the Supreme Sachem Ousamequin Massasoit and Governor John Carver as they are exchanging the ceremonial peace pipe. This formal peace alliance paved the way for over half a century of peace between the European settlers and the Wampanoag tribe.
This 2011 strike marks the third in a new series of annual reverse designs to grace the Native American coin meant to signify the important contributions Native Americans have made to the history of the United States. The 2009 $1 strike contained a design showing a Native American woman planting seeds in what is known as the "Three-Sisters Method" where seeds of corn, beans and squash are planted together.
On the 2010 $1 coin, a band of arrows is shown wrapped in a Hiawatha Belt. It was meant to symbolize the Iroquois Confederacy, a loose political and diplomatic alliance between five Native American tribes created centuries ago.
Children in attendance at the release of the 2011 Native American $1 Coin will receive one free strike to mark their participation in the event. Adults will be given the opportunity to exchange cash for rolls of the new strike.