Newly Introduced: The “American Innovation $1 Coin Act”


On Wednesday, September 14, Representative James A. Himes introduced H.R. 6025, known as the “American Innovation $1 Coin Act.”

If adopted, the act would authorize $1 numismatic coins whose designs recognize both American innovation in general and “significant innovation and pioneering efforts of [American] individuals or groups.” One coin would be released for each of the 50 states, the District of Columbia, and the U.S. territories, in alphabetical order.

The program, if approved, could commence as early as January 1, 2017, as determined by the Secretary of the Treasury, who would also determine the appropriate quantities of Uncirculated and Proof strikes.

Per the language of H.R. 6025, if “it is not feasible and cost-effective to mint and issue American Innovation $1 coins beginning in 2017, the Secretary may mint and issue $1 coins bearing the designs of such Presidential $1 . . . that the Secretary determines to be appropriate.” Native American $1 coins would continue to be produced concurrently, regardless.

The act specifies the following design elements:

  • Obverse—a design symbolic of Liberty, and the inscription “In God We Trust.”
  • Reverse—for each state/district/territory, an image or images of a significant innovation, an innovator or pioneer, or a group of innovators or pioneers; plus the name of the state/district/territory, the denomination, and “United States of America.”
  • Edge—the year of minting or issuance and the inscription “E Pluribus Unum.”

Specific designs would be chosen by the Secretary after consultation with the chief executive of each entity and the Commission of Fine Arts, and review by the Citizens Coinage Advisory Committee.

The bill was referred to the House Committee on Financial Services.

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  1. David says

    Taking it a step further, we end up having to pay a premium to get these coins as they aren’t seen in circulation too much.

  2. Andrew says

    As a collector I say NOOOO…GOD PLEASE. ….NO MORE NEW (or any)DOLLAR COINS!!! The current mint and proof sets have turned into a bloated mess. Too many coins to deal with. As a fellow collector has stated at CCF, “these multi-year/multiple design coin programs are getting out of hand. Enough already, it’s time to get back to basics. And adding insult to injury, there are untold billions of these things sitting in government vaults and will likely never see the light of day. Why produce a coin that’s just mostly gonna be sitting in a government vault? Talk about government waste! Anyways this type of series that has become a regular staple at the mint has really turned me off to many coin series I used to find enjoyable.”
    Get back to making basic sets like in the 60s-80s. I’m about ready to discontinue buying mint and proof sets and just get the Eagles when they come out.

  3. merryxmasmrscrooge says

    You have to keep the same number of coins in the Proof Set. Otherwise the thinner pack implies a weak country and recession.
    And you don’t want to suggest even the slightest inkling of a thought of your one and only God the Stock Market going down, would you?
    We have to maintain the golden parachutes for the top 1%. The bottom 99% are just collateral damage.

  4. merryxmasmrscrooge says

    But I reckon it’s beneficial to mint more of these junk $1 coins in possible preparation of Trump Presidency and Casinos being built in every city, towne and village across our beloved United States.

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