Maine’s treasurer is accepting submissions from the public for the design of a new $1 Maine state coin slated to be minted in 2024 as part of the U.S. Mint’s American Innovation $1 Coin Program.

The program will honor innovation and innovators by issuing $1 coins for each of the 50 states, Maine Treasurer Henry E.M. Beck said in a news release Monday. Four new $1 coins with distinctive designs will be released each year from 2019 through 2032. Maine’s $1 Innovation Coin is scheduled for release in 2024, he said.

“Maine has a unique opportunity to showcase a state-specific innovation and/or innovator in the field of science, its impact and connection to the state, and we encourage the public to submit ideas,” Beck said in the release.

After Mainers submit their concepts, a selection committee will assist Gov. Janet Mills in determining the design for approval by the U.S. Treasury. The Treasury then will use its own artists to create a design for Maine’s coin that is emblematic of the innovation concept approved by the committee, Beck said.

For submission criteria, visit maine.gov/treasurer/american-innovation-coin.shtml or contact Deputy Treasurer Gregory Olson at 207-624-7477 or [email protected] All submissions are due by June 1.


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