16 September 2019
The United States Mint recently revealed the designs of the four 2019 coins in its American Innovation $1 coin programme at the American Numismatic Association’s World’s Fair of Money in Illinois.
The non-circulating $1 coins feature distinctive reverse designs that ‘pay homage to America’s ingenuity and celebrate the pioneering efforts of individuals or groups from each of the fifty states, the District of Columbia, and the United States territories’.
The first four coins follow an initial single $1 coin issued in 2018 to mark the start of the series.
The 2019-dated coins represent:
- Delaware (the design honours astronomer Annie Jump Cannon who developed a system for classifying the stars)
- Pennsylvania (recognises the creation of a vaccine to prevent polio)
- New Jersey (honours the development of a lightbulb with a filament that could last 1,200 hours)
- Georgia (recognises the Trustees’ Garden, established in the 1730s and the first agricultural experimental garden in America)