At noon EST today, Dec. 14, the United States Mint released products for collectors containing 2018 American Innovation dollars.
Their designs are the first from a multi-year coin series honoring innovation and innovators from each of the 50 states, the District of Columbia and the five U. S. territories — Puerto Rico, Guam, American Samoa, the U.S. Virgin Islands, and the Northern Mariana Islands.
The obverse (heads side) design depicting the Statue of Liberty will be shared across all 57 coins in the series. Justin Kunz created the image and Phebe Hemphill sculpted it for use on coinage.
Upcoming dollar reverses (tails side) will be unique to the innovation or innovators honored from each location. This year’s dollar introduces the series with a reverse paying homage to President George Washington whose signature is on the first-ever U.S. patent issued on July 31, 1790. In addition to Washington’s signature, there are stylized gears representing industry and innovation, and a privy mark-like collage showing an eagle atop tools within a shield. Donna Weaver crafted the image and Renata Gordon sculpted it.
Edges of $1 coins are incused with their year of minting, a mint mark, and "E PLURIBUS UNUM."
Available products include an individual proof as well as rolls and bags of uncirculated dollars. Uncirculated coins visually look most like those found in circulation. Proof coins feature sharp reliefs against mirror-like backgrounds.
Here is a table listing the five product options and their prices:
|25-Coin Roll (P) — Uncirculated||$32.95|
|25-Coin Roll (D )– Uncirculated||$32.95|
|100-Coin Bag (P) — Uncirculated||$111.95|
|100-Coin Bag (D) — Uncirculated||$111.95|
|1-Coin (S) — Proof||$6.95|
A ‘P’ indicates coins produced at the U.S. Mint’s Philadelphia facility, a ‘D’ represents those produced at the facility in Denver, and an ‘S’ shows those made at the U.S. Mint’s San Francisco facility.
Program Length and Ordering
The United States Mint American Innovation™ $1 Coin Program will run from 2018 through 2032. Beginning in 2019, four new $1 coins with unique reverse designs will be released each year.
Order 2018 American Innovation dollars directly from the U.S. Mint via this product page, or call 1-800-USA-MINT (872-6468). The products have no mintage or household order limits.
Dollar coins have not been released into circulation since 2011. The U.S. Mint produces them in collector finishes solely for its numismatic products.