The United States Mint American Innovation $1 Coin Program is a multi-year series to honor innovation and innovators with $1 coins
from each State, District of Columbia, Puerto Rico, Guam, American Samoa, U.S. Virgin Islands, and Northern Mariana Islands
One of the Nation’s greatest strengths is its entrepreneurial spirit and the remarkable innovation and discovery it unleashes.
The obverse design features a dramatic representation of the Statue of Liberty in profile with the inscriptions IN GOD WE TRUST and $1.
The reverse design is different from each state. Four States for 2019 are Delaware, Pennsylvania, New Jersey, and Georgia.
The edge-incused inscriptions include the year of minting, the mint mark, and E PLURIBUS UNUM.
The Delaware American Innovation Dollar reverse side recognizes astronomer Annie Jump Cannon, who developed a
system for classifying the stars that is still used today. This design features a silhouette of Cannon against the night
sky, with a number of stars visible. The inscriptions are UNITED STATES OF AMERICA, ANNIE JUMP CANNON,
CLASSIFYING THE STARS, and DELAWARE.
The Pennsylvania American Innovation Dollar reverse side recognizes the creation of a vaccine to prevent polio.
This design depicts an artist’s conception of the polio virus at three different levels of magnification, along with
the silhouette of a period microscope, representing the extensive research that was conducted to develop a cure
for polio. The inscriptions are UNITED STATES OF AMERICA, POLIO VACCINE 1953, and PENNSYLVANIA.
The New Jersey American Innovation Dollar reverse side honors the development of a light bulb with a filament that
could last 1,200 hours. This design features an Edison bulb against an ornate background. The inscriptions are
UNITED STATES OF AMERICA and NEW JERSEY.
The Georgia American Innovation Dollar reverse side recognizes the Trustees Garden, established in the 1730s.
It was the first agricultural experimental garden in America. This design depicts a hand planting seeds in the inscription
TRUSTEES’ GARDEN, from which grows a variety of species representing the variety of plants grown in the garden:
an orange tree seedling, sassafras, grapes, white mulberry, flax, peaches, olive, and a young shoot too small to be
identified. The additional inscriptions are UNITED STATES OF AMERICA and GEORGIA.