United States Mint announces 2020 American Innovation $1 Coin Program designs June 30, 2020


Washington — The United States Mint (Mint) today officially announced the designs for the 2020 American Innovation $1 Coin Program. The new designs will appear on the reverses (tails) of $1 coins honoring innovations and/or innovators from Connecticut, Massachusetts, Maryland, and South Carolina.

Mint Chief Engraver Joseph Menna created and sculpted the Maryland American Innovation $1 coin design. Mint Artistic Infusion Program artists created the designs for the remaining 2020 American Innovation $1 coins, which Mint Medallic Artists sculpted. Here’s what the public can expect to see:

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American Innovation — Connecticut
Designer: Richard Masters
Sculptor-Engraver: Renata Gordon
The Connecticut $1 coin recognizes the Gerber Variable Scale. The design depicts the scale being used to increase a geometric shape by 200 percent, a shape that resembles the state of Connecticut. Inscriptions are UNITED STATES OF AMERICA, GERBER VARIABLE SCALE, and CONNECTICUT.

American Innovation — Massachusetts
Designer: Emily Damstra
Sculptor-Engraver: Eric David Custer
The Massachusetts $1 coin recognizes the invention of the telephone. The design depicts the dial of an early rotary telephone. Inscriptions are MASSACHUSETTS, TELE-PHONE, and UNITED STATES OF AMERICA.

American Innovation — Maryland
Designer: Joseph Menna
Sculptor-Engraver: Joseph Menna
The Maryland $1 coin pays homage to the Hubble Space Telescope. The design depicts the telescope orbiting the earth surrounded by a field of stars. Inscriptions are UNITED STATES OF AMERICA, THE HUBBLE SPACE TELESCOPE, and MARYLAND.

American Innovation — South Carolina
Designer: Justin Kunz
Sculptor-Engraver: Phebe Hemphill
The South Carolina $1 coin recognizes educator and civil rights activist Septima Poinsette Clark. The design depicts Ms. Clark marching with three young African American students who carry books and an American flag, representing that education and literacy among oppressed people are necessary for empowerment and enjoyment of civil rights. Inscriptions are UNITED STATES OF AMERICA, SEPTIMA CLARK, and SOUTH CAROLINA.

Images are available here.

American Innovation $1 coins feature a common obverse (heads) design depicting a dramatic representation of the Statue of Liberty and the required inscriptions $1 and IN GOD WE TRUST.

On-sale dates for products containing the 2020 American Innovation $1 coins will be published on the Mint’s Product Schedule here. When available, the Mint will accept orders here. Information about shipping options is available at the Mint’s website.

The American Innovation $1 Coin Program is a multi-year series featuring distinctive reverse designs that pay homage to America’s ingenuity and celebrate the pioneering efforts of individuals or groups from all 50 states, the District of Columbia, and the U.S. territories.

About the United States Mint

Congress created the United States Mint in 1792, and the Mint became part of the Department of the Treasury in 1873. As the Nation’s sole manufacturer of legal tender coinage, the Mint is responsible for producing circulating coinage for the Nation to conduct its trade and commerce. The Mint also produces numismatic products, including Proof, Uncirculated, and commemorative coins; Congressional Gold Medals; silver and bronze medals; and silver and gold bullion coins. Its numismatic programs are self-sustaining and operate at no cost to taxpayers.

Press release courtesy of the United States Mint.

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