2017 1 oz Silver Proof State Dollars Ojibwa Michigan Swan

2017 1 oz Silver Proof State Dollars Ojibwa Michigan Swan

Part of the new Proof Silver State Dollars program, this round is from the Native American Mint and is part of a series that features a state, a tribe associated with that state, often they are from that exact area, and an animal integral to the tribe.

Indigenous Native American tribes have tribal sovereignty in the United States, giving them the authority to govern themselves within the borders of the United States. These tribes are considered "domestic dependent nations," which is a form of parallel sovereignty within the U.S. constitutional framework. This coin is an official commercial item that represents the tribe, but there is no legal face value, as tribes are not allowed to create their own currencies. This ability is reserved for the federal government.


Coin Highlights:

  • Contains 1 oz of .999 fine Silver.
  • Coins come in a protective plastic capsule.
  • Obverse: An incredible portrait of an Ojibwa Indian in typical ceremonial dress. Around the rim is the weight of 1 troy oz, the purity and the year.
  • Reverse: The animals in this series are selected based off animals the tribes would have come into contact with and animals associated with each state. The Michigan state coin features the swan, gracefully gliding over the water.
  • These are non-circulating, legally authorized coins by a federally recognized sovereign nation, but are not legal tender.

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The designs on these Silver coins represent the history and culture of Native American tribes. Add this unique piece of Native American culture to your cart today!

These coins reflect the sovereign status of Native American tribes and are instrumental in honoring tribal history and culture spanning centuries. Adding to their collectibility is the fact that they are the only American, non-U.S. government coins available in the marketplace.

Historically, trumpeter swans were most likely abundant throughout the Great Lakes region, even in the southern Michigan marshlands. On his travels along the Detroit River in 1701, Cadillac compared the abundance of swans to lilies among the rushes. However, with the settlement of America, the populations of trumpeters plummeted. Beginning in the late 1800s, European settlers cleared the land, draining and filling important marsh habitat, and market hunters took swans for their fine down and quills. By 1933, only 66 trumpeter swans remained in the continental United States, mainly in remote parts of the Rocky Mountains and Alaska. Nearly 100 years passed before trumpeter swans were seen again in the Michigan wilds.

During the 1980s, Michigan began a swan reintroduction program as part of the North American Restoration Plan. The Michigan commitment to the plan was establishment of three self-sustaining populations in Michigan of at least 200 swans by the year 2000. Many phases of attempts to rear cygnets were made in the last few decades and now the population is sustained to about 350, however the swan still remains on the state's threatened species list.

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