2019-S Reverse Proof Pennsylvania American Innovation Dollar Release


The United States Mint has only a few products left to release this year. The agency’s next collectible, the 2019-S Reverse Proof Pennsylvania American Innovation Dollar, launches at noon EST, today, Dec. 5.

U.S. Mint image 2019-S Reverse Proof Pennsylvania American Innovation Dollar and Packaging
U.S. Mint product image of its 2019-S Reverse Proof American Innovation Dollar for Pennsylvania

The coin’s unique finish features mirror-like design elements that contrast against frosted backgrounds — opposite treatments from regular proofs like those within the earlier released 2019 American Innovation Dollar Proof Set. A photo showing one of those proof sets follows.

CoinNews Photo of Lens of 2019 American Innovation $1 Coin Proof Set
There are other, already released collectible U.S. Mint products with the newest dollar as well as others for 2019. As an example, above is a CoinNews photo showing a lens holding proof editions of the four 2019-dated Innovation $1 coins.

These next two photos highlight the differences between proof and reverse proof finishes. They show the previously released 2019 Delaware American Innovation dollar in both collector qualities.

2019-S Proof American Innovation Dollar for Delaware
This CoinNews photo shows a regular proof 2019-S Delaware American Innovation dollar. It’s a part of the earlier released four-coin 2019 American Innovation Dollar Proof Set. This coin’s finish has a frosted design that contrasts against a mirror-like background.
2019-S Reverse Proof Delaware American Innovation Dollar
This CoinNews photo shows a reverse proof 2019-S Delaware American Innovation dollar. It was released earlier and sold individually. The finish on this coin is opposite of a proof, featuring a frosted background that contrasts against mirror-like design elements.

Designs and Specifications for Pennsylvania American Innovation Dollar

Symbolizing the research in Pennsylvania to discover the polio vaccine, the dollar’s reverse (tails side) depicts the poliovirus at three levels of magnification along with the silhouette of a period microscope. Inscriptions include "UNITED STATES OF AMERICA," "POLIO VACCINE," "1953," and "PENNSYLVANIA." The design is the work of artist Richard Masters. Joseph Menna completed its sculpting.

2019-S Proof Pennsylvania American Innovation Dollar - Reverse
This CoinNews photo shows the reverse or tails side design of a regular proof 2019-Pennsylvania American Innovation Dollar. The dollar for release today has an opposite finish with mirror-like design elements that contrast against a frosted background.

Created by Justin Kunz and sculpted by Phebe Hemphill, Innovation dollars share an obverse (heads side) design depicting the Statue of Liberty along with inscriptions of "IN GOD WE TRUST" and "$1." Those for 2019 also have a privy mark of a stylized gear (the introductory 2018-dated dollar design has no privy mark).

2019-S Reverse Proof American Innovation Dollar - Obverse
This CoinNews photo shows the obverse or head side of an American Innovation dollars struck in reverse proof — the same finish as the dollar for release today. Reverse proof coins feature a frosted background, with all design elements polished to the same mirror-like appearance. American Innovation dollars are struck in a variety of finishes (to date, proof, reverse proof and uncirculated) but still have a common obverse design (2018-dated dollar obverses lack the privy mark found on 2019 dollars).

Year of issue, a mint mark and "E PLURIBUS UNUM" are edge-incused on each coin.

Specifications for each dollar are as follows:

Denomination: Dollar
Finish: Reverse Proof
Composition: 6% Zinc, 3.5% Manganese, 2% Nickel, Balance Copper
Weight: 8.100 grams
Diameter: 1.043 inches (26.49 mm)
Edge: Lettered
Mint and Mint Mark: San Francisco – S


Ordering Pennsylvania Dollars

Priced at $9.95 with a mintage of 75,000 and an initial household order limit of 5, the 2019-S Reverse Proof Pennsylvania $1 Coin is available directly from the U.S. Mint’s online catalog of American Innovation products. Orders may also be placed by calling the Mint at (800) USA MINT (872-6468).

The dollar coin ships in an informational four-panel packaging with an embedded certificate of authenticity and protective outer sleeve.

About Innovation $1 Coins

Innovation dollars are issued under the U.S. Mint’s American Innovation™ $1 Coin Program. The series celebrates invention and innovation in the United States. Four different designs will be issued annually with each showcasing innovation from a different state, the District of Columbia or the five U.S. territories.

This year’s designs honor innovators or innovations in Delaware, Pennsylvania, New Jersey and Georgia. American Innovation dollars for Delaware became available in uncirculated quantities in September and in reverse proof last month. New Jersey dollars in uncirculated quantities also went on sale last month. In between those releases, uncirculated quantities of Pennsylvania dollars launched in October.

The U.S. Mint closes its 2019 schedule Dec. 11 with rolls and bags of uncirculated American Innovation dollars for Georgia. Reverse proof editions of the New Jersey and Georgia dollars are respectively scheduled for release on Jan. 7 and Feb. 11.

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spencer smith

Sorry after what the mint did to collectors ie the 2019 enhanced reverse proof silver dollar last month i will NOT buy from the mint ever again.Keep your coin i am tired of the dealers controlling the mint.

Mike S

Same here. The mint should be investigated about the handling of the ERP sale fiasco – something stinks. In the meantime, a boycott should send a message – especially of this ridiculous AI series.


actually what they should do is just force them to mint more. mint 100k more and then all the dealers who paid through the teeth to get them will have major losses

Mike S

My thinking was that they should extract a listing of those who had the item in their cart (and had an ordering history with the mint) and were denied – just mint that many and only offer them to those individuals. That would be fair AND the mint would make even MORE money but it will never happen….


i’m with you mike s , and who wants a cupronickel AI coin anyway


oh yeah while i’m at it does anyone know whats going on with the weekly cumualtive sales for the last 4 weeks? WAKE UP US MINT !

Steve Bufkin

Asked mint they said personnel changes HOPE to have corrected soon ha ha

sam tweedy

Mike S You got it right I am with you and MANY others!!! But the mint is not in the business of being fair to us REAL COLLECTORS!!!!! Let them pay for it now!!!


Amen to that Spencer I am also done with the Mint.


I think blaming the Mint is wrong. At first, yes I was mad but have since let the feeling pass. I also don’t believe in boycotts but maybe that’s just me. The Mint gave everybody plenty of notice via email before the release. I was working, restricted to my phone for purchases. I was late to the site by 10 minutes and it was slow. I had the item in my cart and by the time I went to check out at 15 minutes past release, everything was depleted. I was totally crushed. Now obviously some dealers and investors found… Read more »

Mike S

Jake, I truly believe that the process was rigged by the mint or the contractor that serviced them, or that their site web site had vulnerabilities that were easily compromised. Also, why a 30k max? – makes me wonder. The mint is slowly killing the hobby.


You may be right thinking the contractors had a leg up on us but I still think everyone had trouble placing orders. I believe the updated release article here said the Mint claimed there was 1.6 million hits the first hour and at the moment of launch just shy of 5k people on the phone and 100k online. I’m no expert but I see a big supply and demand equation. I don’t believe the Mint wants to serve collectors a bowl of sour grapes, that’s not good for business. I also wonder why a 30k max. Yet at this point… Read more »

Frank Sando

They may have gave notice but it was a ploy because they had them graded and on Ebay the next day the dealers I don’t know of any grading company that grades that fast and ships that fast sorry not buying it


I checked completed eBay listings around the day of release. A lot of those photos are what I call photo shopped. Some sellers even said “sample photos”. There were a few with actual photos of the Pride of Two Nations Enhanced Reverse Proof’s obverse, listed as pre-sale for the S mint mark.

Seth Riesling

Darrin Lee Unser –

You state in error in this article that all of these AI $1 coins feature the same obverse design, but that is not true! The first two coins dated 2018-S in Proof & Reverse Proof (the introductory coins for this coin program) do not feature the cog privy mark on the obverse design.


Mike Unser

Thanks Seth, we’ve edited the article.

Chas Barber

I’ve joined the boycott for weeks…..the River of No Return is becoming another issuei it goes SO….. These AI coins, who really cares, they don’t circulate, no afterlike of leg$ in marketplace! There can’t be any expansion of the “market” just what I need more $100 bags akin to the Prez$1 I got gathering dust

Preston Yuzwa

What did the mint exactly do ,,,in regards to the 2019 s reverse proof silver eagle ,,, I noticed they offered one per household ,,but I know of knowledge could get one ,,,will this be the same story ,,,,is this set going to be worth any money after grading ?


I managed to get one of the 30,000 ERP silver eagles. I also collect Nike shoes and they are also very hard to get sometimes. But the way I see it I already know that I might get lucky and get something nice and if I don’t oh well it wasn’t ment to be. If the mint made everyone happy then none of the coins would be of any value in the future. I understand the frustration but that is part of the process. If you can’t handle that then maybe this hobby or any other hobby like it is… Read more »


Amen I agree 100%.


Adam And yes, I had quite the shoe collection as well – decided to liquidate about 30-40 pairs on ebay and keep a few of the ‘true’ keepers. The same should be said of a coin collection. I have many coins and currency as well. Talked to the wife about them (she has a small collection as well) and what to do when I pass. Unfortunately, the reality is that she will only take them to the nearest coin shop(s) and try to get the most money for them. It’s crushing to know this, as I’ve tediously labeled them as… Read more »

Richard W.

ERP manipulation or not, these Innovation dollars are getting ridiculous. It’s not the Mint’s fault. Despite having billions of coin dollars in the vaults Congress agreed to the bright idea of minting still more items along this line. But at some point everybody can say “enough.” No demand, no sales, eventually no production.