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Mint to Launch Innovation Proof Set

The U.S. Mint will host an Oct. 11 event to launch its 2019 American Innovation $1 proof set.


The set contains four proof $1 coins “celebrating and honoring significant American innovation and pioneering efforts,” according to the Mint.

It is part of a multi-year series featuring unique reverse designs that pay homage to America’s ingenuity and celebrate the pioneering efforts from each of the 50 states, District of Columbia, and U.S. territories.

David Ryder, Mint director, and Robert Kurzyna, Philadelphia Mint superintendent, will lead the ceremony at the Philadelphia Mint. Following the launch ceremony, Ryder will participate in a signing. The event is set for 12 p.m.-2 p.m.

Produced at San Francisco, these four coins honor individuals or groups from Delaware, Pennsylvania, New Jersey, and Georgia.

The Delaware coin recognizes astronomer Annie Jump Cannon, who developed a system for classifying the stars that is still used today.

The Pennsylvania coin 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.

The New Jersey coin honors the development of a light bulb with a filament that could last 1,200 hours.

The Georgia coin recognizes the Trustees’ Garden, established in the 1730s. It was the first agricultural experimental garden in America.

The coins’ common obverse design depicts the Statue of Liberty in profile. It also includes a privy mark of a stylized gear, representing industry and innovation. Edge-lettering features “2019,” the “S” mintmark and “E PLURIBUS UNUM.”

The set is scheduled to go on sale to collectors at noon EST Oct. 11. The price is $20.95.