The US Mint invited twenty-three artists to submit ideas for the coin, resulting in 121 different designs. Goodacre hired Randy’L Teton, a young woman with
Shoshone ancestry, as her model.
She entered six individual concepts into the contest. Members of the Mint’s coin committee chose proposals to participate in a national online vote, and
five out of the six designs were Goodacre’s. Her innovative sculpture of Sacagawea with her infant son Jean-Baptiste won the competition.
After nearly a year of small alterations, the Sacagawea Dollar was struck in November 1999, and released into public circulation in February 2000.
Goodacre said this about the coin, “I just loved doing it. I wanted to depict her leadership of the expedition with strength and dignity.”
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