2021 New York American Innovation Dollars Erie Canal
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.
The American Innovation Dollar Coin representing New York pays homage to the Erie Canal. Completed in 1825, the 363-mile long, man-made waterway connected Lake Erie in the West to the Hudson River in the East. Considered an engineering marvel of its day, the canal unlocked the western interior for trade and settlement and played a critical role in the development of the State as well as the Nation. The reverse design depicts a packet boat being pulled from a city in the East toward the country areas to the West. Inscriptions are UNITED STATES of AMERICA and NEW YORK.