2021 American Innovation Dollars for New Hampshire Released


Rolls and bags of New Hampshire American Innovation dollars are the newest products from the United States Mint. Beginning at noon EDT, 25-coin rolls and 100-coin bags containing the dollars became available. Each product includes uncirculated coins from the Philadelphia (P) or Denver (D) Mints.

Roll of 2021-P American Innovation Dollars for New Hampshire
U.S. Mint image showing a roll of 2021-P New Hampshire American Innovation dollars
Bag of 2021-D American Innovation Dollars for New Hampshire
U.S. Mint image showing a bag of 2021-D New Hampshire American Innovation dollars

The release continues the U.S. Mint’s series which honors innovation and innovators from each of the 50 states, the District of Columbia and the five U. S. territories — Puerto Rico, Guam, American Samoa, the U.S. Virgin Islands, and the Northern Mariana Islands.

New Hampshire is the first of four states in 2021 to be represented in the U.S. Mint’s American Innovation™ $1 Coin Program. Dollars honoring innovations from Virginia, New York and North Carolina follow later in the year.

Images of the four 2021 American Innovation dollars
Images of the four 2021 American Innovation dollars — New Hampshire, Virginia, New York and North Carolina

As for this release, it contains a reverse (tails side) design emblematic of Ralph Baer’s invention of the first home video game console, the Brown Box. Baer was born in Germany in 1922 and would emigrate to the United States in 1938. Following his service in World War II, he went on to develop electronic gaming systems resulting in over 150 patents. Baer’s continued pioneering efforts in the field led to many referring to him as the "Father of Video Games."

Designs for New Hampshire American Innovation Dollar

The design’s right side offers a depiction of Ralph Baer’s brown box game "Handball" along with an inscription of "UNITED STATES OF AMERICA." The left side shows "PLAYER 1" and "NEW HAMPSHIRE" on an incused background. "IN HOME VIDEO GAME SYSTEM" and "RALPH BAER" are inscribed around the edge of the design, paying homage to Baer’s Odyssey game. In addition, the complete design is symbolic of an arcade token.

2021 New Hampshire American Innovation Dollar Reverse
2021 Uncirculated New Hampshire American Innovation Dollar (Reverse Side)

This image is the work of Christina Hess. Its sculpting was executed by Eric Custer. Their initials also appear on the reverse.

Designed by Justin Kunz and sculpted by Phebe Hemphill, a dramatic representation of the Statue of Liberty in profile is found on the obverse (heads side) of all American Innovation dollars. This design includes inscriptions "IN GOD WE TRUST" and "$1."

2021 American Innovation Dollar Obverse and Edges
U.S. Mint image showing the obverse and edges of 2021 American Innovation Dollars

A privy mark of a stylized gear, representing industry and innovation, also appears on the obverse. The gear’s depiction is unique for the four 2021 dollars.

American Innovation Dollars - Privy Marks
The obverse of the introductory 2018 American Innovation dollar had no privy mark. Since then, a privy mark of a stylized gear has appeared on obverses. Each year, the gear depiction has changed slightly. [Shown: Close-up of dollars from 2018, 2019, 2020 and 2021.]

Finally, "2021," a mint mark, and "E PLURIBUS UNUM" are edge-incused on each coin.

Price and Ordering

Each 25-coin roll may be purchased for $34.50 with the 100-coin bags priced $117.50 each. They may be ordered from the U.S. Mint’s online store for American Innovation products.

About the Series

A single release in 2018 started this series which is scheduled to include four new issues annually until all 56 locations are represented. To date, the series includes:

  • 2018 Introductory George Washington Innovation $1 Coin
  • 2019 Delaware Classifying the Stars $1 Coin
  • 2019 Pennsylvania Polio Vaccine $1 Coin
  • 2019 New Jersey Light Bulb $1 Coin
  • 2019 Georgia Trustees’ Garden $1 Coin
  • 2020 Connecticut Gerber Variable Scale $1 Coin
  • 2020 Massachusetts Telephone $1 Coin
  • 2020 Maryland Hubble Space Telescope $1 Coin
  • 2020 South Carolina Septima Clark $1 Coin

As mentioned, this New Hampshire dollar will be followed later this year by strikes honoring innovations in Virginia, New York and North Carolina. Special collector editions in proof and reverse proof qualities will also be released.

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just bought 10 box of 100 coins from each mints version , hopefully price will spike up like 2020 Issue .

sam tweedy

Innovation “JUNK” hurry hurry before Mike Mezack gets them all !!!!! He will still have a “DEAL” for you !!! Understand !!!

sam tweedy

They look more like golf tokens, you can use them to spot your golf ball….lol

Mark Word

They are very reminiscent of arcade tokens. Every gamer I’ve shown them to has loved them and asked to buy some. I hope you bought some prior to the mint selling out of this unique design.