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  • 1 Dollar 2024, KM# 796, United States of America (USA), American Innovation $1 Coin Program, Illinois
  • 1 Dollar 2024, KM# 796, United States of America (USA), American Innovation $1 Coin Program, Illinois

The 56-coin American Innovation $1 Coin Program started in 2018. The program mandates that the Mint will issue four noncirculating dollar coins annually for 14 years.

One coin will be issued for each of the 50 states in the order in which each state ratified the U.S. Constitution or entered the Union. Following the states, the District of Columbia and the U.S. territories in order, Commonwealth of Puerto Rico, Guam, American Samoa, the United States Virgin Islands, and the Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands all would also present an innovator from their area.

The American Innovation $1 Coin representing Illinois recognizes the steel plow.


Depicts the Statue of Liberty in profile with the inscriptions “IN GOD WE TRUST” and “$1.” In 2019, a privy mark was added under "WE TRUST".

The Statue of Liberty, a colossal neoclassical sculpture on Liberty Island in New York City, in the United States. The Statue is the work of sculptor Frederic Auguste Bartholdi, who enlisted the assistance of engineer Alexandre Gustave Eiffel, designer of the Eiffel Tower.

The Statue of Liberty was completed in 1884 in France and shipped to the United States in June 1885, having been disassembled into 350 individual pieces that were packed in over 200 crates for the transatlantic voyage. In four months’ time, it was re-assembled in New York Harbor, standing just over 151 feet from the top of the statue’s base to the tip of the torch her right hand holds high above the waters of New York Harbor.

Originally intended as a gift to celebrate the American Centennial in 1876, the Statue of Liberty was given to the United States as a symbol of the friendship forged between the new American government and the government of France during the American Revolutionary War.

Artist: Justin Kunz
Engraver: Phebe Hemphill



Depicts a large steel plow blade affixed to a right-handed beam and braces. Behind the plow is a stand of Big Bluestem prairie grass and a field of soil below.

The migration of Americans to the Midwest in the 1800s, marking the start of agriculture's industrial age, was spurred by the invention of the steel plow.

In the early 1800s, as people moved from the East to the Midwest, they faced the challenge of plowing through the region's grassland prairies. The wooden plows that worked well on the East Coast's sandy soil struggled with the dense Midwestern sod. Blacksmith John Lane from Homer Township, Illinois, addressed this issue by creating a plow from an old sawmill blade, polished to prevent soil sticking. After successful field tests, Lane's plow entered production, initially on his farm and later in Lockport, Illinois. Although Lane never patented his invention, his plow became commercially successful by the 1850s.

During this period, various plow-makers were in competition. The steel plow achieved commercial success in 1837 when John Deere, in Grand Detour, Illinois, introduced his version, also derived from a sawmill blade. However, unlike individual crafting, Deere implemented an industrial-scale production process for plows.

Sculptor: Renata Gordon (RG)
Designer: Beth Zaiken (BZ)



Inscribed along the edge of the coin is the year of minting, the mint mark, and also the legend "E Pluribus Unum" (Latin for "Out of many, one").

2024 P ★★★ E PLURIBUS UNUM ★★★★★★★★★★

Type Commemorative Issue (Non-circulating)
Material Manganese Brass
Weight 8.1 g
Diameter 26.5 mm
Thickness -
Shape round
Alignment Coin
Denver Mint (D)
Philadelphia Mint (P)
San Francisco Mint (S)

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