2021 New Hampshire American Innovation Dollars Video Game
POSITION A – Edge lettering reads upside-down when the Statue of Liberty faces up
POSITION B – Edge lettering reads normally when the Statue of Liberty faces up
The United States Mint American Innovation $1 Coin Program is a multi-year series honoring innovation and innovators with $1 coins from each State, District of Columbia, Puerto Rico, Guam, American Samoa, U.S. Virgin Islands, and Northern Mariana Islands.
The American Innovation Dollar Coin obverse design features a dramatic representation of the Statue of Liberty in profile with the inscriptions IN GOD WE TRUST and $1. The design also includes a privy mark of a stylized gear, representing industry and innovation. The edge-incused inscriptions are 2021, S mint mark, and E PLURIBUS UNUM.
In 1966 Ralph Baer began to investigate how to play games on a television. He and his team developed the Brown Box, a prototype for the first multi-player, multi-program video game system. This paved the way for all video game systems that followed. Baer is known today as The Father of Video Games. The reverse design depicts Ralph Baer’s brown box game Handball on the right side of the coin. The left side features NEW HAMPSHIRE and PLAYER 1 on an incused background. The inscriptions IN-HOME VIDEO GAME SYSTEM and RALPH BAER encircle the coin in a text that is meant to pay homage to Baer’s Odyssey game. The additional inscription is UNITED STATES OF AMERICA. The design is also symbolic of an arcade token.