2019-S Reverse Proof Georgia American Innovation Dollar Release

by Darrin Lee Unser on February 11, 2020 · 3 comments

Over a month into the new year, the United States Mint offers a collector coin from the last year with today’s release of the 2019-S Reverse Proof Georgia American Innovation Dollar.

U.S. Mint image 2019-S Reverse Proof Georgia American Innovation Dollar and Packaging

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

The dollar honors Trustees’ Garden of Georgia, and features a reverse proof finish which is notable for having mirror-like design elements and frosted backgrounds — opposite of standard proof coins. It follows earlier and still available Georgia dollars with an uncirculated version sold in rolls and bags and a proof version sold in a four-coin proof set. A photo of 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 $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 previously released 2019 Delaware American Innovation dollars 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 on Georgia American Innovation Dollar

Appearing on Georgia dollar reverses is a design emblematic of the Trustees’ Garden. The garden was established in the 1730’s by James Edward Oglethorpe following the founding of the Georgia Colony. It is considered the first agricultural experimental garden in America and was instrumental in the development of cotton plants and peach trees for the region.

2019-S Proof Georgia American Innovation Dollar - Reverse

This CoinNews photo shows the reverse or tails side design of a 2019-S Georgia American Innovation dollar. The coin in the photo was struck in proof finish. The dollar released today bears the same design but an opposite finish with mirror-like design elements that contrast against a frosted background.

A hand planting seeds is found on the coin’s design along with an orange tree seedling, sassafras, grapes, white mulberry, flax, peaches, olive, and a young shoot too small to be identified. Inscriptions read TRUSTEES’ GARDEN, UNITED STATES OF AMERICA and GEORGIA. Emily Damstra created the design and Michael Gaudioso sculpted it.

Appearing on the obverse (heads side) is a common design for the Innovation dollar series. This includes the likeness of the Statue of Liberty which is joined by the inscriptions of $1 and IN GOD WE TRUST.

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).

Justin Kunz created the image and Phebe Hemphill sculpted it. 2019-dated dollar obverses also have a small privy mark of a stylized gear unlike the introductory design for 2018.

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.

2019, the mint mark of ‘S’ for San Francisco, and E PLURIBUS UNUM are incused on the edge of the coin.

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

The 2019-S Reverse Proof Georgia $1 Coin is available directly from the U.S. Mint for $11.95. 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 this product is capped at 75,000 with an initial household order limit of five.

About the Innovation $1 Coin Program

The U.S. Mint’s American Innovation™ $1 Coin Program was authorized by Congress under the American Innovation $1 Coin Act. The series debuted in 2018 with a single introductory dollar celebrating President George Washington who issued the first U.S. patent. Following that single issue, four new coins are to appear annually from 2019 until 2032 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. This year, the 2020 Innovation dollars will showcase designs tied with the states of Connecticut, Massachusetts, Maryland and South Carolina.

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A 2019 RELEASED IN 2020! THAT’S INCREDIBLE.

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Exactly!!!

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These coins look more like slugs who would want them?? I know Mike Mezack now I understand!!! lol