US Innovation Dollars Collection The US Innovation Dollar Designs
Struck in the same golden-colored composition as Sacagawea, Native American and Presidential dollars, US Innovation dollars of 2018-date feature unique reverse designs honoring the innovators and innovations that helped shape our great nation. Inscriptions on the reverses include united states of america and (with the exception of the 2018 introductory coin) the name of the jurisdiction being honored.
The date, mint mark and motto e pluribus unum are inscribed upon the edge of all US Innovation dollars. The common obverse features a dramatic new image of the Statue of Liberty with the denomination stated as $1 and the inscription in god we trust. The usual legend liberty is omitted from the coins, as the image of the Statue of Liberty on the obverse was considered a sufficient representation of freedom.
In 2018, a single design was released to introduce the series. Throughout the rest of the series, 2019-2032, four unique reverse designs are being issued per year. Just like the popular Statehood, D.C. and US Territories quarters of 1999-2009, the designs will be released in the order of statehood (the first 13 coins will be issued in the order that their states ratified the Constitution), followed by D.C. and the Territories.
- Introductory Coin
- depicts President George Washington's signature as it appeared on the first US patent, which was issued in 1790 to Samuel Hopkins for a process of making potash essential to agriculture and the textile industry
- Delaware, Classifying the Stars
- honors Annie Jump Cannon, an internationally-known astronomer who invented a system for classifying the stars that's still in use today.
- Pennsylvania, Polio Vaccine
- discovered in 1953 by a team at the University of Pittsburgh led by Dr. Jonas Salk. This groundbreaking vaccine virtually eliminated the devastating polio virus.
- New Jersey, Light Bulb
- developed in the Menlo Park studio of Thomas Edison, this long-lasting light bulb held a carbonized cotton thread filament that could burn for 1,200 hours.
- Georgia, Trustees' Garden
- established by James Oglethorpe in the 1730s, the 10-acre Trustees' Garden in Savannah, Georgia was dedicated to botany, agriculture and experimentation with semitropical products.