New US $1 coin honours the Delaware inventor who classified the stars


13 September 2019
The new coin featuring inventor Annie Jump Cannon launches a 14-year coin series recognising innovation and invention across the USA.

 The coin, available from the US Mint in rolls and bags from 19 September, features Annie Jump Cannon, a Delaware-born internationally recognized astronomer who invented a system for classifying the stars still in use today.

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.”

The obverse design features a dramatic representation of the Statue of Liberty in profile with the inscriptions “IN GOD WE TRUST” and “$1.” The design also includes a privy mark of a stylized gear, representing industry and innovation.

The edge-incused inscriptions are “2019,” mint mark, and “E PLURIBUS UNUM.”

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The 2019 Delaware $1 Coin is the first in the US Mint's fourteen-year, 56-coin series recognising innovation and inventions in each of the 50 States, District of Columbia, and five U.S. territories. Three more coins will be released in 2019, with a further four each year until 2032.

To order the coins, visit the US Mint website.

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