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American Innovation Dollar
The American Innovation $1 Coin Program is a series of $1 coins struck by the United States Mint that began in 2018. It is scheduled to run through 2032 and the idea is for each coin to showcase an innovator, or innovation from a certain states or territories.
The coins will share a common obverse of the Statue of Liberty, designed by Justin Kunz and each reverse, by different designers, will depict some words or image of a truly American innovation. The composition will be manganese brass over a copper core just as all of the other “Golden Dollar” $1 coins have been.
The very first coin, in 2018, depicted the expected Statue of Liberty obverse with a reverse containing a facsimile of George Washington’s signature for having signed the First Patent that was approved by the US Patent Office. Four new coins will be issued each year but unlike most of their predecessors, these coins are not being released into circulation but are only available in bag or roll quantity directly from the US Mint. In 2018, only an introductory coin was struck. The Uncirculated issues have a “P” or “D” mintmark from the Philadelphia or Denver mints and the reverse Proof coins have an “S” mintmark signifying they were minted in San Francisco.
In 2019 to present, the states and their innovations were:
- 2019 Delaware The Annie Jump Cannon
- 2019 Pennsylvania The Polio Vaccine
- 2019 New Jersey Thomas Edison’s Light Bulb
- 2019 Georgia The Trustee’s Garden
- 2020 Connecticut The Gerber Variable Scale
- 2020 Massachusetts The Telephone
- 2020 Maryland The Hubble Space Telescope
- 2020 South Carolina Septima Clark
- 2021 New Hampshire In Home Video Game System
- 2021 Virginia The Chesapeake Bay Bridge Tunnel
- 2021 New York The Erie Canal
- 2021 North Carolina Higher Education
- 2022 Rhode Island Reliance Yacht
- 2022 Vermont Snowboarding
- 2022 Kentucky Kentucky Bluegrass
- 2022 Tennessee Tennessee Valley Authority