2021 American Innovation $1 Proof Set Gets Release From U.S. Mint

Today the United States Mint is set to release the second to last American Innovation $1 Coin Program product this year beginning at 12pm EST: the 2021 $1 Coin Proof Set.

Paying homage to the innovation and innovators from each of the 50 states, the District of Columbia, and the five U.S. territories, the multi-year series began in 2018 with an introductory coin and since has released four coins a year. Honoring 12 states so far, the Mint will continue with the series by making the 2021-dated coins available in a four-coin Proof Set featuring the states honored this year encased in a plastic lens and housed in packaging. Those states include New Hampshire, Virginia, New York, and North Carolina. Minted at the San Francisco Mint, the coins will also be accompanied by a Certificate of Authenticity and retail at just $24.00. Below is a reminder of each state’s design that will be featured with a sharp relief and a mirror-like background with frosted foregrounds, giving them the stunning Proof effect.

New Hampshire

Designed by Christina Hess and sculpted by Engraver Eric David Custer, the New Hampshire design on the reverse depicts Ralph Baer’s brown box game “Handball.” The left side of the coin has the inscriptions “New Hampshire” and “Player 1” while the “IN HOME VIDEO GAME SYSTEM” and “RALPH BAER” are featured around the entire outside of the coin. Baer created the first home video game console and is honored on the coin by paying homage to the Odyssey game while looking similar to an arcade token.


The $1 coin honoring Virginia will recognize the engineering genius that is the Chesapeake Bay Bridge-Tunnel. Designed by Matt Swaim and engraved by John P. McGraw, the design depicts a view of the inside of the Chesapeake Bay Tunnel in motion as it illustrates the creative brilliance involved in constructing it. The inscriptions “VIRGINIA” and “UNITED STATES OF AMERICA” are also featured.

New York

The Erie Canal takes center stage for the honoring of the state of New York on the $1 coin. Designed by Ronald D. Sanders and engraved by Phebe Hemphill, the reverse depicts a packet boat being pulled from the city in the Eastern part of the state to the country areas in the West. “NEW YORK” and “UNITED STATES OF AMERICA” are also seen inscribed on the coin.

North Carolina

The North Carolina design honors the first public institution of higher learning in the United States of America. First opened in 1795, the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill was the only public institution to award degrees in the 18th century. The design itself features a stack of three textbooks with “First Public University” inscribed on the middle one. A lamp representing knowledge sits on top of the books as olive branches are featured on either side of the coin. “UNITED STATES OF AMERICA” and “NORTH CAROLINA” can also be seen featured.

The obverse design of the coin will feature the Statue of Liberty design that will remain constant throughout the multi-year series. “IN GOD WE TRUST” can be seen on the design as well as the denomination of “$1”. A privy mark can be seen in the form of a gear representing the series as a whole in its attempt to honor and represent industry and innovation. The edge of the coins released in 2021 will feature edge-incused inscriptions featuring the year, the mint mark, and “E PLURIBUS UNUM.”

Source: United States Mint