The United States Mint American Innovation $1 Coin Program is a multi-year series to honor 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
One of the Nation’s greatest strengths is its entrepreneurial spirit and the remarkable innovation and discovery it unleashes.
The obverse design features a dramatic representation of the Statue of Liberty in profile with the inscriptions IN GOD WE TRUST and $1.
The reverse design is different from each state. Four States for 2021 are New Hampshire,
Virginia, New York, and North Carolina.
The edge-incused inscriptions include the year of minting, the mint mark, and E PLURIBUS UNUM.
The New Hampshire 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.
The Virginia reverse design depicts a view of the Chesapeake Bay Bridge-Tunnel as a cross section cut away, illustrating the ingenuity involved in constructing it. Inscriptions are United States of America and Virginia.
The New York 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.
The North Carolina reverse design features a stack of three textbooks with FIRST PUBLIC UNIVERSITY on the spine of the middle book. A lamp of knowledge is perched atop the books, and olive branches curve around the edge of the design. Additional inscriptions are UNITED STATES OF AMERICA and NORTH CAROLINA.