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Innovation Dollar Honors ‘Reliance’

The yacht, "Reliance." (Image courtesy Wikipedia Commons.)

The yacht, "Reliance." (Image courtesy Wikipedia Commons.)


The U.S. Mint’s first American Innovation dollar release of the year will become available in rolls and bags on Feb. 23. The Rhode Island coin pays homage to naval architect Nathanael Herreshoff’s famous yacht, Reliance, which incorporated numerous technical innovations when it was built in 1891.

The dollar will be available from the Mint in “P” and “D” mintmark 25-coin rolls and “P” and “D” mintmark 100-coin bags. Price and limit details were not available at press time.

The reverse design depicts Reliance at full speed in the waters surrounding Rhode Island. The design is bordered by a rope, evoking the nautical scene.

The series’ common obverse design features a dramatic representation of the Statue of Liberty in profile and inscriptions “$1,” and “IN GOD WE TRUST.” It also includes a privy mark of a stylized gear, representing industry and innovation. Coins in the series display the year of minting or issuance, the mintmark and “E PLURIBUS UNUM” on the edge.

The American Innovation dollar program is a multi-year series to honor innovation and innovators by issuing $1 coins for each of the 50 states, the District of Columbia and the five U.S. territories. They will be released each year from 2019 through 2032.

The three additional coins scheduled for release in 2022 will mark innovations from Vermont, Kentucky and Tennessee.

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