American Innovation™ $1 Coin – Massachusetts

Background

The American Innovation $1 Coin representing Massachusetts honors the invention of the telephone.

In 1876, Boston resident Alexander Graham Bell spoke these now-famous words into a device he invented to transmit the human voice: “Mr. Watson–come here–I want to see you.” Bell’s assistant Thomas Watson, who was in the next room, received the message and communication was forever changed. Bell was awarded the patent for his telephone, and the impact of his invention continues to be felt worldwide.

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Characteristics

The obverse (heads) design features a dramatic representation of the Statue of Liberty in profile.

The reverse (tails) design depicts the dial of an early rotary dial telephone.

Obverse Inscriptions

  • IN GOD WE TRUST
  • $1

Reverse Inscriptions

  • MASSACHUSETTS
  • TELE-PHONE
  • UNITED STATES OF AMERICA

Incused (edge) Inscriptions

  • 2020
  • Mint mark
  • E PLURIBUS UNUM

Mint and Mint Mark

Specifications

Composition Weight Diameter Thickness Edge
Manganese-Brass
88.5% Cu
6% Zn
3.5% Mn
2% Ni
8.1 g
1.043 in.
26.49 mm
2.00 mm Edge-Lettering

Artist Information

Obverse Reverse
  • Sculptor: Eric David Custer
  • Designer: Emily Damstra, Artistic Infusion Program
Content last reviewed June 26, 2020