2020-S Reverse Proof Massachusetts American Innovation Dollar Released


Appearing as the sixth state in a fifty-six coin series, the United States Mint today started selling their 2020-S Reverse Proof Massachusetts American Innovation Dollar for $11.50.

2020-S Reverse Proof Massachusetts American Innovation Dollar and Packaging
U.S. Mint product images of a 2020-S Reverse Proof Massachusetts American Innovation Dollar. The coin’s packaging offers an informational four-panel envelope with an embedded certificate of authenticity and protective outer sleeve.

Depicting a rotary telephone emblematic of the March 1876 call over wires made by Alexander Graham Bell to his assistant, the dollar is issued as part of the larger U.S. Mint American Innovation™ $1 Coin Program.

Finishes: Uncirculated vs. Proof vs. Reverse Proof

Its design may look familiar as last month uncirculated Massachusetts dollars launched in rolls and bags and a proof Massachusetts dollar was released in a proof set.

Uncirculated coins look most like those found in circulation, although they are generally sharper with more brilliance as extra care and steps are taken in their production.

Proof coins are more unique, showcasing the highest quality with frosted design elements that contrast against mirror-like backgrounds.

CoinNews Photo 2020 American Innovation Dollar Proof Set
This CoinNews photo is of a 2020 American Innovation Dollar Proof Set which the U.S. Mint released last month. The coins show the four innovation designs for 2020. The proof Massachusetts is top right.

An inverse of proof, this release has a reverse proof finish which is identified as having frosted backgrounds and polished, mirror-like design elements. The following two photos highlight differences between proof and reverse proof coins by showing previously released 2019 Delaware American Innovation dollars in each collector quality.

2019-S Proof American Innovation Dollar for Delaware
This CoinNews photo shows a regular proof 2019-S Delaware American Innovation dollar. Opposite of the dollar released today, 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. The finish on this coin is opposite of a proof with a frosted background that contrasts against mirror-like design elements.

Designs on Massachusetts American Innovation Dollar

As mentioned earlier, the reverse (tails side) of Massachusetts Innovation $1 Coins depict the face of a rotary telephone. The design honors Massachusetts inventor Alexander Graham Bell and the device he called the "tele-phone."

Photo 2020-S Proof Massachusetts American Innovation Dollar - Reverse Side
This CoinNews photo shows the reverse (tails) side of a 2020-S Massachusetts American Innovation Dollar in a proof finish. The coin was released earlier in October as part of the 2020 American Innovation Dollar Proof Set. The dollar the U.S. Mint released today features the same design but it has a reverse proof finish.

Emily Damstra is listed as the design creator with Eric David Custer sculpting. Inscriptions around the dial read: "MASSACHUSETTS," "TELE-PHONE," and "UNITED STATES OF AMERICA."

CoinNews Photo 2020-S Proof Massachusetts American Innovation Dollar - Obverse Side
This CoinNews photos shows the same coin as above, but of its obverse (heads side). Again, the dollar the U.S. Mint released today carries the same design but it has a reverse proof finish.

All coins of the Innovation series bear the same obverse (heads side) representation of the Statue of Liberty in profile as designed by Justin Kunz and sculpted by Phebe Hemphill. Obverse inscriptions read "IN GOD WE TRUST" and "$1." 2020 dollars also feature a small privy mark of a stylized gear that is different from the one used for 2019-dated dollars.

Edge-incused inscription include "2020," an "S" mint mark indicating the coin was produced at the San Francisco Mint, and "E PLURIBUS UNUM."

Coin Specifications

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 2020-S Reverse Proof Massachusetts $1 Coin is available from the U.S. Mint’s online catalog dedicated to American Innovation products.

Mintage for this product is capped at 50,000 with an initial household order limit of five.

About the Innovation $1 Coin Program

The Innovation series, when completed, will depict an innovation or innovators from each state, the District of Columbia and the five U.S. territories. The program debuted in 2018 with a single strike containing a representation of President George Washington’s signature on the first-ever U.S. patent issued on July 31, 1790.

Four different Innovation dollars will be issued annually until the series is completed in 2032. (See all four 2020 dollar designs.) To date, coins appearing in the program include:

  • 2018 Washington Signature
  • 2019 Delaware – Classifying the stars
  • 2019 Pennsylvania – Polio vaccine
  • 2019 New Jersey – Light bulb
  • 2019 Georgia – Trustees’ Garden
  • 2020 Connecticut – Gerber variable scale
  • and this 2020 Massachusetts – Telephone

Yet to appear for 2020 are the Maryland – Hubble Space Telescope coin and the South Carolina – Septima Clark coin.

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sam tweedy

Hurry you can be the first to own this innovation piece of junk. You can display these with your “BAT” quarters!!!!!

Chas. Barber

If THEY issue a coin No one, NO ONE EXCEPT COIN GEEKS, even know exists, will it have any value beyond $1? The telephone design is so cutting edge…….I do like the Hubble one coming soon….clad collects dust not VALUE

Seth Riesling

“One ringy dingy,…Is this the party to whom I am speaking?” – “Ernestine” (actress/comedienne Lily Tomlin) from the t.v. comedy variety show “Laugh In”.



as a collector i went ahead and ordered one


I did too. While I doubt it will increase in value in my life span, it may in my kids. It either this or taking the money and playing powerball.

Seth Riesling

You can always put it in a pay phone & make a call on the “Tele-phone”!



I dont know of pay phones accepting dollar coins lol maybe now? I vividly remember checking pay phones as a kid for loose change. I will never forget the few times I found change in a pay phone.


I bought two as gifts for avid roto dial phone fans plus a roll for why not I’m breaking it open to share!! junk or not junk. Collect! Pass on to smart loins. “Baaaa” lol oh stay young you old sausages!

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James Zyskowski

These are lovely and instead of crybaby grandpas how about teaching but most of you sound like grumpy coin flippers just looking for a quick buck.


Not only are these unnovation dollars not being released for circulation, why aren’t they even being included in the uverpriced proof sets. The only use for these is as a gag, since 99.99% of Americans have no clue unnovation dollars exist. What an unnovative country.


I broke open the roll of D Massachusetts, to only one objection in the room (I have a CB as a friend). The first unsuspecting individual said OMG I feel like Im back at the arcade! Instant flashback to changing greenbacks for coins. The next person said woa LOOK here’s a dollar call someone who cares! haha, I still sing here’s a quarter call someone who cares. We had a ball finger loving the coins! Afterwards, I did go and purchases all Innovation products available from the mint. With the intent to save the “junk”. I like them. Very Innovative,… Read more »