2021 American Innovation Dollars for Virginia Released


Virginia American Innovation dollars are now available. Carrying an uncirculated finish, this newest dollar may be purchased directly from the United States Mint in 25-coin rolls and 100-coin bags. The rolls and bags are filled with dollars produced at the Philadelphia and Denver Mints.

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

Each $1 coin offers a reverse (tails side) design depicting the Chesapeake Bay Bridge-Tunnel. The 17-plus mile bridge tunnel complex is recognized as an engineering wonder of the modern world.

The Virginia dollar appears as the second of four issues in 2021 as part of the Mint’s American Innovation® $1 Coin Program 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.

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

New Hampshire Innovations dollars debuted earlier this year with coins representing New York and North Carolina scheduled to appear later in 2021.

Designs for Virginia American Innovation Dollar

U.S. Mint Artistic Infusion Program Artist Matt Swaim created the reverse design which depicts a small cross section cut-away portion of the Chesapeake Bay Bridge-Tunnel. Inscriptions around the design read: "UNITED STATES OF AMERICA" and "VIRGINIA." Medallic Artist John P. McGraw sculpted the image.

2021 Virginia American Innovation Dollar Reverse
2021 Uncirculated Virginia American Innovation Dollar (Reverse Side)

The obverse (heads side) side of all American Innovation dollars is the same, offering a view of the Statue of Liberty. Inscriptions include "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

Obverses also include a privy mark of a stylized gear, representing industry and innovation. 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.]

Each coin also includes edge inscriptions of the year of minting, mint mark, and "E PLURIBUS UNUM."

Price and Ordering

Rolls of Virginia Innovation dollars may be purchased for $34.50 each. Bags are $117.50 each. Buyers may choose between dollars struck at either production facility — Philadelphia or Denver.

They may be ordered from the U.S. Mint’s online store for American Innovation products.

About the Series

The American Innovation series debuted in 2018 with a single release. The series is scheduled to include four new issues annually until all 56 locations are represented. To date, the series has included:

  • 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
  • 2021 New Hampshire Home Video Game System $1 Coin

Coins honoring innovation in New York and North Carolina with appear later this year. Special collector editions in proof and reverse proof qualities of the 2021 coins also planned.

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sam tweedy

Great new bus tokens, or play money, Innovation waste………>>>>>>>>>>>>> Run Run Run>>>>>>>

Kaiser Wilhelm

Sam, It is rather puzzling to me that Americans have after all this time still not yet developed an affinity for one dollar — and for that matter five dollar and possibly even two dollar — coins. I grew up in two countries, Austria and Germany, where the use of higher value coinage was second nature, and as far as I could tell there was never any difficulty with their common use nor were there any sort of complaints voiced by the public in this regard. If anything, the use of this higher level of coinage, rather than merely of… Read more »


I remember being on that bridge during a thunderstorm – still have nightmares about it.

Kaiser Wilhelm


That must have been terrifying! Bad enough to be out in one of those under any circumstances, much less feeling so very exposed on a bridge over a huge expanse of water. It’s not at all surprising this still haunts you by way of your subconscious state.


Looks as if this coin’s designer was partial to the Chevy Impala and Ford Galaxy.
Given the Public’s distaste for these one dollar coins, the Edsel and Studebaker would have been a more appropriate choice of vehicle to depict.

Kaiser Wilhelm


You certainly do have a keen eye when it comes to automobile identification. Kudos, my friend.

I for one hadn’t even come to the realization that the car makes depicted on this coin were intentionally chronologically coincidental with the year(s) of the building of the bridge-tunnel complex itself. A very clever touch indeed.

Mark D.

Of course you’re aware of the tiny seated Lincoln on memorial cents’ reverse, but did you ever notice the tiny letters listing the states (several) on the pediment of the memorial depicted on $5 notes?

They’re not quite legible in this image, but you can see the blurry text.

Kaiser Wilhelm


Thanks for pointing that out, and wow, are those letters ever small! By the way, there is another whole line of state’s names going across over the tops of the columns too.

Kaiser Wilhelm

Now I get it. It is the thirty-six States of America that already existed when Lincoln was President, with the Union States and the Confederate States each occupying their own distinct places on the Memorial.

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Mark D.

Pretty sure they wrap around entire structure, and there’s probably 48 states shown as it was opened in 1922.

Mark D.

Oh damn. You’re right comrade. I was definitely, woefully and shamefully wrong. To paraphrase Rain Man, “36 States. Definitely 36 states.” Please accept my most sincere apologies as I plead for royal clemency.

Kaiser Wilhelm


No need to plead for anything, old buddy, especially as the Kaiser finds himself in an unusually expansive mood today.

However, and not to be picky, but if you were to get clemency from yours truly it would be not of the royal but of the imperial variety.

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Mark D.

General question:. Type 2 gold goes on sale tomorrow, but no price listed yet. Aren’t they supposed to list the price based on their price-gouging precious metals matrix 7 days before sale?

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Check now – prices are posted. $2700.00 for the one ouncer – OUCH!!

Now thats what I call a markup – roughly $900.

Kaiser Wilhelm

Mjs1447 and Mark,

You can always count on the good old Mint to get the price-gouging ball rolling!

Mark D.

Isn’t that Paul Newman? My uncle broke his thumbs!

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Kaiser Wilhelm

Mark, Good one. Very imaginative. Your sense of humor very much resembles that of my son-in-law. Kinda scary, the similarity, now that I think of it. Point is, I thought mine was a weird sense of humor until he came along. Once he gets going he’s off to far away dimensions. By the way, close but maybe no cigar. That might just be Huey Lewis, whom I saw get vomited on by a fellow patron at a nice(?) restaurant in town many moons ago just before a theater date with my wife. A night (not THE Night) to remember. Luckily,… Read more »

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Kaiser Wilhelm


Yes, that is steep. But as I already pointed out elsewhere on this or another thread, it’s all relative. In that regard the markup on this Gold Eagle is 50% over the spot price, while the premium added to the Silver Eagles is 200% over spot. See what I mean?