A new United States Mint dollar illuminates innovation from the state of New Jersey. The debuting $1 coin celebrates the work of Thomas Edison and his team of researchers for inventing the light bulb.
This dollar continues the U.S. Mint’s American Innovation™ $1 Coin Program and is available in 25-coin rolls and 100-coin bags. Options include uncirculated coins produced at either the Philadelphia or Denver Mints.
Designs for New Jersey American Innovation Dollar
Found on the dollar’s reverse (tails side) is an Edison bulb signifying the contributions that electric light has made to the development of the nation and the world. "UNITED STATES OF AMERICA" and "NEW JERSEY" are inscribed around the design.
The reverse is completed with initials for the artist Paul C. Balan and the sculptor Phebe Hemphill.
On the obverse, we find a likeness of the Statue of Liberty. A privy mark of a stylized gear is also shown along with inscriptions of "IN GOD WE TRUST" and "$1." Justin Kunz created the image with Phebe Hemphill sculpting.
Dollar coin edges are incused with their year of issue, a mint mark and "E PLURIBUS UNUM."
25-coin rolls containing uncirculated dollars from either the Philadelphia or Denver Mints may be purchased for $32.95. 100-coin bag options of the same coins are $111.95 each.
They are available directly from the U.S. Mint via its online store for American Innovation products. Orders are also accepted via phone at (800) USA MINT (872-6468).
American Innovation Series
The Mint’s series of Innovation dollars honor innovation and innovators from each state, the District of Columbia and the five U.S. territories. The introductory dollar launched last year and showcases stylized gears and George Washington’s signature. Washington signed the first-ever U.S. patent issued on July 31, 1790.
Four different designs will appear annually until the program concludes. Dollars for 2019 include:
- the Delaware American Innovation Dollar featuring astronomer Annie Jump Cannon (released Sep. 19)
- the Pennsylvania American Innovation Dollar depicting the Polio virus(released Oct. 24)
- the New Jersey American Innovation Dollar featuring a light bulb (this release)
- the Georgia American Innovation Dollar depicting the Trustees’ Garden (scheduled for Dec. 19)
In addition to uncirculated dollars issued in rolls and bags, the U.S. Mint also offers them in several other numismatic finishes to include all four 2019-dated dollars in proof.