2022 American Innovation Dollar Images Unveiled

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In preparing for their release, the United States Mint published images of the 2022 American Innovation dollars which celebrate innovations from Rhode Island, Vermont, Kentucky and Tennessee. The U.S. Mint on Feb. 23 will release the first products containing one of the four coins — rolls and bags of Rhode Island dollars. Other Innovation $1 products will follow in the spring, summer and fall.

Images of 2022 American Innovation Dollar Reverses
Images of the four 2022 American Innovation dollars — Rhode Island, Vermont, Kentucky and Tennessee

Introduced in 2018, the multi-year series of dollars offers reverse designs that honor America’s ingenuity by highlighting pioneering efforts of individuals or groups from each of the 50 states, the District of Columbia, and the five U.S. territories. (Learn more about the U.S. Mint program.)

U.S. Mint-published images and descriptions of the four 2022 dollars follow.

2022 Rhode Island American Innovation Dollar

Proof and Uncirculated 2022 Rhode Island American Innovation Dollar Images
U.S. Mint images of the reverse (tails side) of 2022 Rhode Island American Innovation Dollars. These images show the dollar in collector finishes of proof and uncirculated.

Designer: Dennis Friel, Artistic Infusion Program
Sculptor-Engraver: Phebe Hemphill, Medallic Artist

The Rhode Island $1 Coin design depicts Nathanael Herreshoff’s famous Reliance yacht at full speed in the waters surrounding Rhode Island. The design is bordered by a rope evoking the nautical scene. Inscriptions include "UNITED STATES OF AMERICA" and "RHODE ISLAND."

2022 Vermont American Innovation Dollar

Proof and Uncirculated 2022 Vermont American Innovation Dollar Images
U.S. Mint images of the reverse (tails side) of 2022 Vermont American Innovation Dollars. These images show the dollar in collector finishes of proof and uncirculated.

Designer: Justin Kunz, Artistic Infusion Program
Sculptor-Engraver: Craig Campbell, Medallic Artist

The Vermont $1 Coin features a young female snowboarder in the air performing a trick called a "melon grab," set against a mountainous winter skyline inspired by the landscape of Vermont. The aim of the design is to capture a sense of the energy and exuberance of snowboarding through movement implied by diagonal lines and curved shapes. Inscriptions include "UNITED STATES OF AMERICA" and "VERMONT."

2022 Kentucky American Innovation Dollar

Proof and Uncirculated 2022 Kentucky American Innovation Dollar Images
U.S. Mint images of the reverse (tails side) of 2022 Kentucky American Innovation Dollars. These images show the dollar in collector finishes of proof and uncirculated.

Designer: Christina Hess, Artistic Infusion Program
Sculptor-Engraver: Renata Gordon, Medallic Artist

The Kentucky $1 Coin pays homage to the home of bluegrass music. This design features a banjo, an important bluegrass instrument, tilted to one side, alluding to the rhythm and movement of the music. Inscriptions include "UNITED STATES OF AMERICA," "BLUEGRASS," and "KENTUCKY."

2022 Tennessee American Innovation Dollar

Proof and Uncirculated 2022 Tennessee American Innovation Dollar Images
U.S. Mint images of the reverse (tails side) of 2022 Tennessee American Innovation Dollars. These images show the dollar in collector finishes of proof and uncirculated.

Designer: Matt Swaim, Artistic Infusion Program
Sculptor-Engraver: Joseph Menna, Chief Engrave

The Tennessee $1 Coin design depicts a Tennessee farm with newly installed power lines lining the road. Inscriptions include "UNITED STATES OF AMERICA," "TENNESSEE VALLEY AUTHORITY," and "TENNESSEE."

Common Obverse Design with Varying Privy Marks

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

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.

Aside from the introductory 2018 dollar, obverses also bear a privy mark of a stylized gear which represents industry and innovation. The gear’s depiction changes annually, as highlighted by the following images.

American Innovation Dollars - Privy Marks 2018-2022
The obverse of the introductory 2018 American Innovation dollar has 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 this year’s privy mark design and then dollars from 2018, 2019, 2020 and 2021.]

Incused Edge Inscriptions

Edges of all dollar coins are incused with their year of minting, a mint mark representing where they are produced, and "E PLURIBUS UNUM."

2018-S Proof American Innovation $1 Coin - photo of edge
Dollar edges include their year of minting, a mint mark, and “E PLURIBUS UNUM”

Dollars Not Released into Circulation

Dollar coins have not been issued into circulation since 2011. The U.S. Mint manufactures them solely for numismatic products.

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Major D

What? Vermont didn’t choose Ben & Jerry’s ice cream? Seriously, I’m rethinking the whole notion of American Innovation if this is all we’ve got to show. The 4th year into this series and I’m very underwhelmed. Based on how this is going, I predict California will have the Hola Hoop or Chia Pet, and Illinois will have the George Foreman Grill.

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Rich

Major D,

Here’s one of my predictions: 2027 West Virginia – Nation’s First Public Spa

Major D

LOL there’s not a lot that WV can boast about, but in looking it up it appears true that it had the first outdoor advertising on buildings, and the first public spa. My best guess for WV is Mountaintop Removal Mining- a truly horrendous “innovation”.

SENZA

Yeppers

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SENZA

Sorry George

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SENZA

Yeah I will take Cherry Garcia over that other design any day and I thought we were going to get the snowboard design first I guess they will wait until summer for that.

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SENZA

This is the one that mysteriously sold out quite fast – it must have been the out of this world design

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SENZA

Interesting

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Major D

Yes, that is by far the best design and makes a sharp looking coin

sam tweedy

More Innovation “JUNK” to display with your “BAT” quarters====== “YEAH”!!!!!

Rich

Are those fruity Bat quarters still hanging around (upside down)¿