2021 American Innovation Dollars for North Carolina Released


North Carolina American Innovation dollars debut today from the United States Mint. The new $1 coin is now available in 25-coin rolls and 100-coin bags with each strike carrying an uncirculated finish.

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

This dollar is the last of four to be issued in 2021 as part of the the U.S. Mint’s American Innovation® $1 Coin Program. The series was introduced with a single coin in 2018 and since features four unique designs annually. Altogether, when completed, the program will have celebrated an innovation or innovator from each state, the District of Columbia and the five U.S. territories.

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 the North Carolina dollar, it offers a reverse (tails side) design emblematic of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. This location is noted for being the nation’s first public institution of higher learning, opening in 1795, and the only public institution to confer degrees in the 18th century.

Designs for the North Carolina Innovation Dollars

Designed by Ronald D. Sanders and sculpted by Joseph Menna, the new dollar’s reverse shows a stack of three textbooks with "First Public University" on the spine of the middle book.

2021 North Carolina American Innovation Dollar Reverse
2021 Uncirculated North Carolina American Innovation Dollar (Reverse Side)

A lamp of knowledge appears on top of the books and olive branches curve around the edge of the design. Reverse inscriptions include "UNITED STATES OF AMERICA" and "NORTH CAROLINA."

The obverse (heads side) of all American Innovation $1 Coins bear the same basic design — a dramatic representation of the Statue of Liberty in profile. It was created by Justin Kunz and sculpted by Phebe Hemphill. Reverse 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 to the four 2021 dollars.

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

Coins of the program also bear edge inscriptions which, in this case, include the year "2021," a mint mark of "D" or "P" for the Denver and Philadelphia Mints, and "E PLURIBUS UNUM."

Prices and Ordering

25-coin rolls may be purchased for $34.50 with 100-coin bags for $117.50 each. Options include coins produced at the U.S. Mint facilities in Denver or Philadelphia.

Orders are accepted from the U.S. Mint’s online store for American Innovation products.

About the Series

As mentioned, a single coin in 2018 started this series. Since then, and until completed in 2032, four new issues have and will appear annually until all 56 locations of the program 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
  • 2021 New Hampshire Home Video Game System $1 Coin
  • 2021 Virginia Chesapeake Bay Bridge-Tunnel $1 Coin
  • 2021 New York Erie Canal $1 Coin
  • and this, 2021 North Carolina Innovation $1 Coin

Next year, the program will honor innovation in the states of Rhode Island, Vermont, Kentucky and Tennessee. The Mint just unveiled the 2022-dated dollar designs.

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Ordered mine today – yes I collect these and I’m excited about future releases as I suggested to the Mint that some silver releases would boost interest in the program. It’s me and I approve this message