The enactment of the American Innovation $1 Coin Act (Act) ushers in the latest numismatic coin program of the United States Mint (Mint). The Act calls for the minting and issuance of non-circulating American Innovation $1 coins for each state, the District of Columbia, and each U.S. territory in the order each State ratified the Constitution of the United States or were admitted into the Union. The program’s duration is a 14-year period that begins January 1, 2019.
The Act also authorizes a 2018 introductory coin which will be minted and issued in the latter part of this calendar year. The introductory coin will bear an obverse common to all coins in the program. It will consist of a likeness of the Statue of Liberty, and the inscriptions of “$1” and “In God We Trust.” The reverse of the introductory coin will be inscribed with “United States of America” and “American Innovators,” and it will include a representation of President George Washington’s signature on the first U.S. patent. The inscription of the year of minting or issuance, mint mark, and “E Pluribus Unum” will be edge-incused into all coins.
American Innovation $1 coins issued for 2019-2033 will bear a reverse image or images emblematic of a significant innovation, an innovator, or a group of innovators from each of the 50 states, the District of Columbia, and the territories of the United States. According to the legislation, the Secretary of the Treasury will select the designs after consultation with each Governor or other chief executive and the U.S. Commission of Fine Arts; and review by the Citizens Coinage Advisory Committee.
After the introductory coin’s release in 2018, the Mint will issue the remaining American Innovation $1 coins at a rate of four per year until the end of the program in 2033.