2019-S Reverse Proof New Jersey American Innovation Dollar Release


One week into the new year, the United States Mint offers a strike from the last year with today’s release of the 2019-S Reverse Proof New Jersey American Innovation Dollar. The coin honors inventors and invention from the state with a design showing an electric lightbulb developed by Thomas Edison and his team of researchers.

U.S. Mint image 2019-S Reverse Proof New Jersey American Innovation Dollar and Packaging
U.S. Mint image of a 2019-S Reverse Proof American Innovation Dollar for New Jersey. The $1 coin comes in an informational four-panel envelope with an embedded certificate of authenticity and protective outer sleeve.

This newest dollar features a unique reverse proof finish with frosted backgrounds and mirror-like polished design elements. It comes on the heels of earlier releases with an uncirculated version available in rolls and bags and a proof edition within a four-coin proof set. Photos of uncirculated New Jersey dollars and the proof set follow.

Roll of Opened 2019-P American Innovation Dollars for New Jersey
A CoinNews photo of an opened roll of uncirculated 2019-P New Jersey American Innovation dollars

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 $1 coin 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 dollars.

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

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 for New Jersey American Innovation Dollar

Appearing on the New Jersey dollar’s reverse is a likeness of an Edison bulb with its filament that could last 1,200 hours. The lightbulb is pictured against an ornate background. The design is emblematic of the significant contributions of Thomas Edison and his team of researchers in New Jersey for their development of a long-lasting bulb which changed the world.

2019-S Proof New Jersey American Innovation Dollar - Reverse
This CoinNews photo shows the reverse or tails side design of a regular proof 2019-S New Jersey American Innovation Dollar. The dollar released today bears the same design but an opposite finish with mirror-like design elements that contrast against a frosted background.

Inscriptions on the reverse include "UNITED STATES OF AMERICA," "NEW JERSEY" and the artists’ initials. Paul Balan created the design and Phebe Hemphill executed its sculpting.

The obverse (heads side) offers a representation of the Statue of Liberty as designed by Justin Kunz with Hemphill sculpting. The image is common across all Innovation dollars. Inscriptions include "IN GOD WE TRUST," "$1" and the artists’ initials.

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).

Also found on the obverse is the privy mark of a stylized gear. This mark was added to program coins in 2019 — it did not appear on the introductory 2018 dollar.

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

Edges of American Innovation Dollars
Edges of U.S. dollar coins are incused with their year of issue, a mint mark and the motto E PLURIBUS UNUM.

Specifications for the coin, as provided by the U.S. Mint, 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


Price, Ordering and Limits

Priced at $11.95, the 2019-S Reverse Proof New Jersey $1 Coin is available directly from the U.S. Mint. Place orders by visiting the Mint’s website page dedicated to American Innovation products or by calling 1-800-USA-MINT (872-6468).

Mintage for the coin is capped at 75,000. An initial household order limit of five units applies.

About the Innovation $1 Coin Program

The U.S. Mint’s American Innovation™ $1 Coin Program debuted in 2018 with a single introductory dollar. That release paid homage to President George Washington who issued the first U.S. patent. From 2019 until 2032, series coins will be released at a rate of four per year with designs honoring innovation throughout the country with one such example chosen from each state, the District of Columbia, and the five U.S. territories.

2019 Innovation dollars honor innovators or innovations in Delaware, Pennsylvania, New Jersey and Georgia. 2020 Innovation dollars will feature innovators or innovations from Connecticut, Massachusetts, Maryland and South Carolina.

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sam tweedy

Boycott the mint and all these ugly junk so called coins? Let Mike Mezack push this waste of money!!!





ATB lover

$2 increase will make this coin less interesting for investment.

Gary G.

Can’t the Mint be bothered to release coins in the year of striking?

Chas Barber

Passed on all these BS $1 coins that dont circulate, who the phuck will buy them, no one knows about them. NY has X-ray salute with film engraved of Trump’s bone spurs…..