2021-D North Carolina American Innovation Dollar
The North Carolina American Innovation $1 Coin recognizes the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, the first public institution of higher learning in the United States. Opened in 1795, it is the only American public university to confer degrees in the 18th century.
The coin’s reverse design depicts a stack of three textbooks with “FIRST PUBLIC UNIVERSITY” on the spine of the middle book. A lamp of knowledge is perched atop the books, and olive branches curve around the edge of the design. Additional Inscriptions are “UNITED STATES OF AMERICA” and “NORTH CAROLINA.” The design was created by United States Mint Artistic Infusion Program (AIP) Designer Ronald D. Sanders and sculpted by Chief Engraver Joseph Menna.
The obverse design features a dramatic representation of the Statue of Liberty in profile with the inscriptions “IN GOD WE TRUST” and “$1.” It also includes a privy mark of a stylized gear, representing industry and innovation.
The year of minting, mint mark, and inscription “E PLURIBUS UNUM” are incused on the edge of the coins.