US to honour innovation with new coin series


26 December 2018
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The US Mint has revealed details of a new ‘American Innovation’ $1 coin programme, which will honour innovators and innovations from US states and territories.

The programme was officially launched in December by Mint Director David Ryder and Marc Landry, Acting Associate Director of the Mint’s Numismatic and Bullion Directorate.

A statement from the US Mint said:

‘The 2018 American Innovation $1 Coin designs showcase excellence in inspired numismatic design and craftsmanship. The obverse (heads) features a fresh and bold portrayal of the Statue of Liberty.

Designed by Artistic Infusion Program artist Justin Kunz, and brought to life by the craftsmanship of U.S. Mint Sculptor-Engraver Phebe Hemphill, this design showcases a beloved symbol of our nation from a distinctive perspective.’

The reverse of the first coin was designed by Artistic Infusion Program artist Donna Weaver, and shows stylized gears representing industry and innovation.

David Ryder added:

‘The gears remind me of how the many contributions, thoughts, and ideas of Americans continuously mesh together to propel our nation forward… The very nature of this programme provides an opportunity for us to become better connected with each other by learning more about our fellow Americans across this vast land that we call home.’

The series will see four new $1 coins with distinctive reverse designs released each year from 2019 through to 2032 ‘in the order the states ratified the Constitution of the United States or were admitted to the Union’. The statement added: ‘Once a coin is issued for each state, coins will be released for the District of Columbia and the territories.’