The following is an excerpt from an article by Stephanie Meredith on the Mint’s website.
Art brings imagination to life. Art isn’t only paintings, sculpture, and novels, but architectural drawings, prototypes, and mechanisms. Science and art intersect when an innovator transforms their idea into reality. The American Innovation $1 Coin Program recognizes innovations and innovators from the 50 states, District of Columbia, and U.S. territories. Art and science once again intersect to capture the beauty of these achievements and preserve their stories on coins.
New coins from 2020 represent Connecticut, Massachusetts, Maryland, and South Carolina. They depict the Gerber Variable Scale, the telephone, the Hubble Space Telescope, and Septima Clark. The common obverse depicts a fresh perspective of the Statue of Liberty in profile. It also includes a privy mark of a stylized gear. Like the 2019 privy mark of a different type of gear, it represents industry and innovation.
Watch the video to learn about the 2020 American Innovation $1 Coin – Maryland and to revisit some of the 2019 designs: