2021 American Innovation Dollars for New York Released


United States Mint products featuring uncirculated New York Innovation dollars are now available. Released as a part of the U.S. Mint’s American Innovation® $1 Coin Program, product options include 25-coin rolls and 100-coin bags.

U.S. Mint image showing a roll of 2021-P New York American Innovation dollars
U.S. Mint image showing a roll of 2021-P New York American Innovation dollars
U.S. Mint image showing a bag of 2021-D New York American Innovation dollars
U.S. Mint image showing a bag of 2021-D New York American Innovation dollars

These rolls and bags contain coins produced at the Philadelphia and Denver Mints. Each features a reverse (tails side) design emblematic of the Erie Canal.

"Completed in 1825, the 363-mile long, man-made waterway connected Lake Erie in the West to the Hudson River in the East," the Mint describes. "Considered an engineering marvel of its day, the canal unlocked the western interior for trade and settlement and played a critical role in the development of the State as well as the Nation."

The New York Innovations dollar is the third of four program coins for 2021. It was preceded by strikes representing New Hampshire and Virginia and will be followed later this year with coins honoring North Carolina.

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

The series, when completed, will have honored 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.

Designs for New York Innovation Dollars

The dollar’s reverse image was designed by U.S. Mint Artistic Infusion Program Artist Ronald D. Sanders. It shows a packet boat being pulled from a city in the East toward the country areas to the West.

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

Inscriptions read "UNITED STATES of AMERICA" and "NEW YORK." The design was sculpted by Medallic Artist Phebe Hemphill.

All coins of the program bear the same basic obverse (heads side) design of the Statue of Liberty in profile, which Artistic Infusion Program Artist Justin Kunz created and Hemphill sculpted. Inscriptions read "IN GOD WE TRUST" and "$1."

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

Obverses also carry 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. The gear’s depiction has changed slightly every year of use. [Shown: Close-up of dollars from 2018, 2019, 2020 and 2021.]

"2021," the mint mark, and inscription "E PLURIBUS UNUM" are incused on the edge of all $1 coins.

Price and Ordering

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

All 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 unique issues every year until all 56 locations are represented. To date, the program has seen the following releases:

  • 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
  • 2021 Virginia Chesapeake Bay Bridge-Tunnel $1 Coin

North Carolina will be honored later this year with an Innovation $1 coin depicting the first public university.

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Ive been gettting the reverse proofs for awhile…but is it just me….this entire series is rather lackluster and blah. Never thought it was a good choice for a series. The designs have all been pretty uninspired.

Kaiser Wilhelm

domenic, Like all art, beauty is in the eyes of the beholder. Some people go to a museum to view the classic masters, others go to take in the modern innovators, and others may go for both. A good example of how this plays out in the “real” world is that some of the youngest of what are considered modern day works of genius sell at auction for tens of millions of dollars, figures which not even all that many of the cherished old masterworks find easy to match. There really isn’t any black or white and/or right versus wrong… Read more »

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Kaiser Wilhelm


I could have said that some of the state’s designs are more interesting and attention-getting than others and left it at that, but that’s nearly impossible.

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sam tweedy

Very “BLAH” is right, maybe people want to display these with their “BAT” quarters, uninspired junk…..!!! You can always use them for bus tokens, play money…Lol

Kaiser Wilhelm

sam tweedy,

You’re clearly good to go. As they say, one man’s floor is another man’s ceiling, each to his own, and whatever floats your boat.

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Billy J Oliver

no value to me except good for target practice at 100 yards.

Kaiser Wilhelm

An amazing amount of impressive detail is presented in the canal boat scene depicted on this New York Innovation Dollar; it is in fact virtually a miniature “painting”.


i find it ironic that in just 2 years we went from a coin honoring the innovation of a vaccine to the immense amount of turmoil involving a more recently created vaccine.

Kaiser Wilhelm


Well, at least we now have the subject for a brand new coin: “The year that America went nuts.”

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