The United States Mint American Innovation $1 Coin Program is a multi-year series to honor innovation and innovators by issuing $1 coins for each of the 50 states, the District of Columbia and the five U. S. territories.
Four new $1 coins with distinctive reverse designs will be released each year from 2019 through 2032 in the order the states ratified the Constitution of the United States or were admitted to the Union. Once a coin is issued for each state, coins will be released for the District of Columbia and the territories.
The common obverse of all the coins in this series features a dramatic representation of the Statue of Liberty and the required inscriptions “$1,” and “IN GOD WE TRUST.”
The reverse design features an image or images emblematic of a significant innovation, an innovator, or group of innovators from the state and the required inscription “United States of America.”
Coins in this series will display the year of minting or issuance, the mint mark, and “E PLURIBUS UNUM” on the edge of the coins.
A special American Innovation $1 Coin was minted and issued in 2018 to introduce this new series. The obverse of the coin features the same common obverse design as all the other coins in the series. The reverse design features a representation of President George Washington’s signature on the first-ever U.S. patent issued on July 31, 1790.