2020 American Innovation $1 Coin Designs Unveiled

by Mike Unser on June 30, 2020 · 10 comments

Today, June 30, the United States Mint unveiled images of the four 2020 American Innovation dollars honoring innovations or innovators from Connecticut, Massachusetts, Maryland, and South Carolina.

2020 American Innovation Dollars - Reverses

Images of the four 2020 American Innovation dollars

Dollar reverses (tails side) change for each innovation or innovator honored in the multi-year series, with four released every year from 2019 to 2032.

Images of the 2020 American Innovation $1 Coin Designs

U.S. Mint Chief Engraver Joseph Menna created and sculpted the Maryland American Innovation $1 Coin design. U.S. Mint Artistic Infusion Program artists created the designs for the remaining 2020 American Innovation $1 Coins, which U.S. Mint Medallic Artists sculpted. Available Mint-published images and descriptions for them follow.

2020 American Innovation Dollar for Connecticut

2020 Connecticut American Innovation Dollar - Reverse. Uncirculated, Proof and Reverse

U.S. Mint images of the reverse (tails side) of 2020 Connecticut American Innovation Dollars. These images show the dollar in collector finishes of uncirculated, proof and reverse proof.

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."

2020 American Innovation Dollar for Massachusetts

2020 Massachusetts American Innovation Dollar - Reverse. Uncirculated and Proof

U.S. Mint images of the reverse (tails side) of 2020 Massachusetts American Innovation Dollars. These images show the dollar in collector finishes of uncirculated and proof.

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."

2020 American Innovation Dollar for Maryland

2020 Maryland American Innovation Dollar - Reverse. Uncirculated and Proof

U.S. Mint images of the reverse (tails side) of 2020 Maryland American Innovation Dollars. These images show the dollar in collector finishes of uncirculated and proof.

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."

2020 American Innovation Dollar for South Carolina

2020 South Carolina American Innovation Dollar - Reverse. Uncirculated and Proof

U.S. Mint images of the reverse (tails side) of 2020 South Carolina American Innovation Dollars. These images show the dollar in collector finishes of uncirculated and proof.

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."

Common Obverse Design With Varying Privy Marks

Designed by Justin Kunz and sculpted by Phebe Hemphill, major obverse elements are common across every dollar in the series regardless of their year of issue. They include a representation of the Statue of Liberty in profile along with inscriptions "IN GOD WE TRUST" and "$1."

There have been variations with the addition of privy marks. The introductory dollar for 2018 lacked such a mark while a privy mark of a stylized gear appears on the four 2019 dollars. For the 2020 dollars, a different type of gear is depicted as a privy mark.

2018-S Proof American Innovation $1 Coin - photo of obverse

This CoinNews photo shows the obverse (heads side) of an introductory 2018-dated American Innovation $1 Coin which does not have a privy mark.


2019-S Proof Pennsylvania American Innovation Dollar - Obverse

This CoinNews photo shows the obverse of a 2019-dated American Innovation $1 Coin. The four dollars issued in 2019 saw the addition of a privy mark which depicts a gear.


Obverse image 2020 American Innovation dollar

This U.S. Mint image shows the observe of a 2020 American Innovation $1 Coin. As seen, the four dollars for 2020 will also feature a privy mark but the type of gear depicted is different.

Incused Edge Inscriptions

2018-S Proof American Innovation $1 Coin - photo of edge

Dollar edges include their year of minting, a mint mark, and “E PLURIBUS UNUM”

Edges of all $1 coins are incused with their year of minting, a mint mark, and "E PLURIBUS UNUM."

Length of American Innovation Dollar Series

The 57-coin American Innovation $1 series was introduced in 2018 and by 2032 will have celebrated an innovation or innovator in each of the 50 states, the District of Columbia and the 5 U. S. territories. The U.S. Mint will issue them in the order each State ratified the Constitution of the United States or was admitted into the Union. (See Mint information about the series and their release order.)

These dollars will be minted alongside the Mint’s older series of $1 coins honoring Native American tribes and individuals.

Dollar coins have not been released into circulation since 2011. The U.S. Mint produces them only for numismatic products. The Mint has yet to publish on-sale dates for the 2020 American Innovation dollar products.

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Chas. Barber

Sorry for the reference but…what happened to MINT NEWS blog???

K ROB

i’m missing the innovation part of the south carolina dollar.what exactly is this?

Chas. Barber

Protest marches it seems. I like MD cool design. The phone dial is quite cheezy…..

K ROB

that’s true.i agree with that.Hubble telescope huge invention!

sam tweedy

Mike Mezack will be all over these,and he is quite cheezy cheezy cheezy!!!! Yea!!!

sam tweedy

You can display this “JUNK” with your “BAT” quarters—YEA!!!!!

Sam

Good golly. Innovation dollars for 14 years. That is way too long for a series to last. Ten years is too long. I think 4-5 years is a relatively good length.

Larry

Maybe I am alone in this opinion, but I really like this series. Especially the reverse proofs. You can actually learn something by reading the packaging. I find it a very nice, interesting series to collect. Not too expensive so anyone that wants to can complete the set. I think my next set will be slabbed W quarters. These are the lowest mintage circulating coins since before my time and I am 67. Should be an great set to own.

jeremy

Larry,i agree with you. I like buying because it cheap & i like the design & info.

jeremy

I will be buying the proof & reverse proof coin
My fav design is rotary telephone.