Rolls and bags of the American Innovation dollar coin honoring Pennsylvania are available to collectors from the U.S. Mint on Oct. 24.
Part of a multi-year series honoring innovation with $1 coins from each state and U.S. territory, the 2019 American Innovation coins in rolls and bags have uncirculated finishes and were produced at the Philadelphia and Denver mints. The other three states honored this year are Delaware, New Jersey, and Georgia.
The Pennsylvania coin is the second of the four to be released this year. It features the polio vaccine developed by Dr. Jonas Salk and his team at the University of Pittsburgh in the early 1950s. At the time, polio was a devastating disease that disproportionally affected children and young adults and left many paralyzed and unable to walk.
The coin’s reverse depicts an artist’s conception of the poliovirus at three different levels of magnification along with the silhouette of a period microscope, representing the extensive research conducted to develop a cure for polio. The inscriptions are “UNITED STATES OF AMERICA,” “POLIO VACCINE,” “1953” and “PENNSYLVANIA.”
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 inscriptions are “2019,” mint mark and “E PLURIBUS UNUM.”
Products available for purchase Oct. 24 are 25-coin rolls of Philadelphia dollars or of Denver dollars for $32.95 each, and 100-coin bags of either Philadelphia or Denver coins for $111.95 apiece.
There are no limits on the coin’s mintage or household orders for bags and rolls. To order, visit catalog.usmint.gov.