Woman Who Designed Sacagawea Dollar Coin Has Colorado Ties
I spoke with someone from Loveland recently and she told me she had heard that the woman who designed the Sacagawea dollar coin used to live in Loveland, so I checked into it. I sent a message to Glenna Goodacre. I heard back right away from her publicist, Dan Anthony.
Dan told me:
Glenna lived in Boulder for 10 years until 1983. She has her work cast at the bronze foundries and sub-contractors in Loveland.
So, yes, she does have ties to Loveland, and spent some time there, but didn't technically live there. She also received an honorary doctorate from Colorado College in Colorado Springs, which is also her alma mater. Glenna and her husband, Mike, have lived and worked in Santa Fe, New Mexico since 1983.
Glenna Goodacre is known as "America's Sculptor". She has sculpted over 600 different works.
The most well-known is the Vietnam Women’s Memorial installed in Washington, D.C. in 1993. Her largest piece is the massive Irish Memorial created in 2002 for Penn’s Landing in Philadelphia. The smallest is the obverse of the Sacagawea U.S. Dollar first minted in 2000. The most popular of over 50 bronze portraits is After The Ride, a 7 1/2 – foot standing figure of President Ronald W. Reagan made in 1998. One was cast for the National Cowboy and Western Heritage Museum in Oklahoma City and another for the Reagan Presidential Library in Simi Valley.