The U.S. Mint’s First American Innovation™ Release for 2019
Americans love inventors and innovations that make life easier. From the cotton gin to automobiles to the internet, the spirit of American innovation has been a constant theme throughout our nation’s history. To celebrate the American spirit of innovation, the U.S. Mint kicked off a brand-new one-dollar coin series that has captured the fancy of coin collectors everywhere!
The series was kicked off in 2018 with a single coin paying tribute to the first U.S. patent. Beginning in 2019, four one-year-only Innovation Dollars will be released each year bearing different reverses. The coins in the multi-year series will be designed and minted to honor significant American innovation and pioneering efforts of individuals or groups in each of the 50 States, District of Columbia, and U.S. territories. It will conclude in 2032.
Here’s your chance to get the first release from 2019 – the Delaware Dollar featuring astronomer Annie Jump Cannon – in fabulous Reverse Proof condition! Struck with exquisite precision by the San Francisco Mint, this Reverse Proof coin is the opposite of a standard Proof in that it features a frosted background with design elements polished to a mirror-like finish. Each coin available in this offer has been graded by the Numismatic Guaranty Corporation (NGC) as being in near-perfect Proof-69 (PF69) condition, a distinction that means your almost-flawless coin will showcase an impressive full strike and indistinguishable imperfections – well above and beyond the quality of the vast majority of coins in the series.
In addition, NGC has certified that these Innovation Dollars are First Day of Issue (FDI) coins, a designation that means they were received by NGC or an NGC-approved depository by the release date or on the business day within 24 hours of the official release date. Collectors seek out these coins because they are produced with new dies and considered to have sharper strikes and deeper mirrors than those that are struck later. Also, the population of coins labeled First Day of Issue is only a fraction of the total mintage.
The reverse design features a silhouette of Annie Jump Cannon against the night sky, with a number of stars visible. Inscriptions are “UNITED STATES OF AMERICA,” “ANNIE JUMP CANNON,” “CLASSIFYING THE STARS,” and “DELAWARE.” Annie Jump Cannon is remembered for discovering a system for classifying the stars in 1901 – a system that is still being used today! The coin’s obverse features a common design that will be used throughout the series. It depicts the Statue of Liberty along with a small privy mark of a stylized gear, representing industry and innovation. In addition, like the other coins issued in 2019, the Delaware Dollar features the incused edge inscriptions: “2019,” “S” mint mark, and “E PLURIBUS UNUM.”
The beauty and quality of these coins will make them an excellent addition to your collection or a perfect starting point from which you or someone you know can start building a collection! Just 75,000 of these unique 2019-S $1 American Innovation™ – Delaware Reverse Proofs will be struck for worldwide release. Add one – or several – to your cart today!