American Innovation® $1 Coin – New Hampshire

Background

The American Innovation $1 Coin representing New Hampshire recognizes the invention of the first home video game console by Ralph Baer. In 1966, Baer began investigating how to play games on a television. He and his team developed the “Brown Box,” a prototype for the first multi-player, multi-program video game system, which paved the way for all video game systems that followed. Baer is recognized as “The Father of Video Games.”

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Characteristics

The obverse (heads) design features a dramatic representation of the Statue of Liberty in profile. The obverse also includes a privy mark of a stylized gear, representing industry and innovation.

The reverse (tails) design depicts Ralph Baer’s brown box game “Handball” on the right side of the coin. The left side of the coin features “New Hampshire” and “Player 1” on an incused background. “IN HOME VIDEO GAME SYSTEM” and “RALPH BAER” encircle the outside of the coin in a text that is meant to pay homage to Ralph Baer’s Odyssey game. The design of the coin is also symbolic of an arcade token.

Obverse Inscriptions

  • IN GOD WE TRUST
  • $1

Reverse Inscriptions

  • NEW HAMPSHIRE
  • PLAYER 1
  • IN-HOME VIDEO GAME SYSTEM
  • RALPH BAER
  • UNITED STATES OF AMERICA

Incused (edge) Inscriptions

  • 2021
  • 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: Christina Hess, Artistic Infusion Program
Content last reviewed April 8, 2021

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