Virginia Up Next For 2021 American Innovation $1 Coin Release

Among the many, many releases happening this summer from the United States Mint, the second American Innovation $1 coin is one of them. Ready for its official release today, the next state to be honored in the program is Virginia.

The tenth coin in the multi-years series that started with an introductory coin in 2018 and has released four coins a year since, sales will be open starting at 12pm EST. Featured in 25-coin rolls and 100-coin bags, the coins will be featured from both the Philadelphia and Denver Mints. The aim of the program is to honor innovation and innovators by issuing coins for each of the 50 states, the District of Columbia, and the five U.S. territories.

The reverse design for the Virginia $1 coin depicts the Chesapeake Bay Bridge-Tunnel. The design features the famous bridge with a cross section cut away to show the “ingenuity involved in constructing it.” The bridge opened in 1964 and reaches across more than 17 miles of open water, connecting part of southeastern Virginia to the Delmarva Peninsula. The bridge itself has 12 miles of low-level trestle, two mile-long tunnels, two bridges, two miles of causeway, and four man-made islands. Other features on the reverse include the following inscriptions: “United States of America” and “Virginia.”

The obverse will be the same one seen on all the coins as it features a representation of the Statue of Liberty with the inscriptions “IN GOD WE TRUST” and “$1”. There is also a privy mark in the form of a stylized gear symbolizing industry and innovation. The edge of the coins will feature the 2021 date as well as the mint mark (either “P” or “D” in this case) and “E PLURIBUS UNUM.”

Source: United States Mint