Honoring the history of our nation with new designs for United States coins is an invitation sent to all citizens of the United States.

WASHINGTON – The year 2026 will be the semiquincentennial of the United States of America, which is the 250th anniversary of the birth of our nation.

Newly designed circulation coins with a 2026 date will be struck and distributed by the United States Mint (Mint) to mark this historic event. This design update is only applicable for the year 2026.

For these unique circulation coins, the Mint is contemplating a wide range of potential topics, and we would like to extend an invitation to all Americans to participate in a quick survey regarding the many thematic concepts that are being explored.

The 2026 circulating coin designs will be chosen using a design selection process that was created in conjunction with the US Semiquincentennial Commission and public recommendations, as authorized by Public Law 116-330, the Circulating Collectible Coin Redesign Act (CCCRA).

The creation of the recommended thematic ideas that are included in the survey was carried out with the participation of a select group of federal advisers from the National Park Service, the National Archives and Records Administration, the Library of Congress, and the Smithsonian Institution.

In order to commemorate the United States' semi-centennial, the CCCRA grants the Secretary of the Treasury the authority to produce and distribute redesigned coins over the period of one year commencing January 1, 2026.

The obverse and reverse of each circulating coin can feature up to five quarter designs commemorating the Semiquincentennial, one of which must be “emblematic of a woman’s or women’s contribution to the birth of the Nation or the Declaration of Independence or any other monumental moments in American History.” Numismatic coin designs for 2026 are also being planned by the Mint.

In 1792, Congress established the United States Mint, which became part of the Treasury Department in 1873. The Mint produces circulating coinage for trade and commerce as the Nation's sole legal tender coinage maker. Proof, uncirculated, commemorative, Congressional Gold Medal, silver, bronze, and silver and gold bullion coins are also produced by the Mint. Taxpayers pay nothing for its self-sustaining numismatic activities.

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