In recognition of Vermont’s role in the popularity of snowboarding, this new dollar coin represents American Innovation.
Snurf Boards and surfboards decreased in size in the early 1970s to a more modern, manageable size. Around this time, Jake Burton Carpenter began to develop safer and more manageable snowboards. Growing up in Manchester, Vermont, Burton had the vision to bring snowboarding to the world. His first snowboards were made of wood, with rubber foot straps. Burton Snowboards certainly succeeded in realizing their creator’s vision because Jake Burton has been a pioneer in the snowboard industry for the last thirty years. His vision has had a direct and significant impact on snowboarding.
Snowboarding competitions were first established in Vermont around the late 70s and early 80s, the first being the National Races at Suicide Six in Pomfrey, Vermont. In Rochford, Michigan, there were also early snowboard races at Pando Park. However, the U.S. Open was the first renowned global snowboarding competition due to a concentrated interest in this sport in the area. Magic Mountain was the site of the U.S. Open until Stratton Mountain Resort was selected for subsequent competitions.
In addition to its terrain parks, Vermont was the first state in the U.S. with ski resorts. A tiny ski hill near Barnard, Vermont, opened its doors to snowboarders in the early 80s. Sonnenburg provided hay bales and picnic tables for early snowboarders, giving them free reign to build their jumps. Sonnenburg’s move was groundbreaking at a time when the vast majority of ski resorts did not allow snowboarding on trails. Due to Sonnenburg’s willingness to open its doors to boarders, almost all American ski resorts now offer snowboard terrain parks, as do countless other international ski resorts.
Snowboarding became an internationally recognized sport thanks to the innovative visions of a few Vermonters.
American Innovation Dollar Characteristics
In profile, the Statue of Liberty appears on the obverse (heads) of the coin. A stylized gear on the front of the dollar as a privy mark, representing industry and innovation.
A young snowboarder performing the “melon grab” in the air is featured on the coin’s reverse. The image is set against a Vermont background inspired by the state’s mountainous winter landscape. Using diagonal lines and curved shapes, the design evokes the sense of energy and vitality associated with snowboarding.
2022 Vermont Snowboarding – American Innovation Dollars
Authorizing Legislation: H.R. 770, American Innovation $1 Coin Act
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Dollar Obverse Inscriptions
In God We Trust
Dollar Reverse Inscriptions
United States of America
Incused Edge Inscriptions
E Pluribus Unum
Mint & Dollar Mint Marks
Denver and Philadelphia in Business Strikes
San Francisco in Proof and Reverse Proof Strikes
Available Dollar Mint Strikes
Business, Proof & Reverse Proof
American Innovation Dollar Specifications
Composition: 88.5% Copper, 6% Zinc, 3.5% Manganese and 2% Nickel
Weight: 8.1 grams
Edge: Incused Letter
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